Masters Programs in Cultural Studies

Compare 54 Masters Programs in Cultural Studies

Taking a master's degree course is often an important step in refining one's understanding of or proficiency in a given topic. Students should expect a rigorous focus on a specific area of interest.

What is a Master in Cultural Studies? Culture, generally speaking, is the set of artifacts and practices that constitute human interaction and communication. As this is a relatively broad term, cultural studies programs tend to have many different specializations. At the master's level, one might expect to encounter studies of seminal thinkers, important forms of art, specific historical periods or the culture of certain economic theories. These programs might take students anywhere from two to six years to complete, depending on their schedules and the coursework required.

Culture is a major economic factor, and the understanding of it might provide an advantage when making various business decisions. The rigor and knowledge cultivated during a master's degree program could also provide students the foundation for the successful pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Master's programs tend to represent a significant investment, both financially and in terms of time. Students should make sure they have all the recent information by contacting the school directly with questions about tuition.

Cultural studies degree holders might be ideal candidates for various positions in media companies. A marketing manager at a film production company could conceivably use the detailed knowledge of film history and understanding of current cultural practice to predict the consumption patterns for a particular product and plan strategies accordingly. A graduate might also choose to use the knowledge gained in one of these programs to advance an academic career, proceeding to a doctoral research program in cultural studies.

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Master in Business for Arts and Culture

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Venice
Campus Full time 6 months January 2018 Italy Venice

The Master course in Business for Arts and Culture is an internationally oriented course linked to real-life professional experiences. It provides participants with a strong theoretical and practical background in relation to culture and creativity, combined with a managerial-based vision. [+]

The Master course in Business for Arts and Culture is an internationally oriented course linked to real-life professional experiences. It provides participants with a strong theoretical and practical background in relation to culture and creativity, combined with a managerial-based vision.

The institutions involved range from museums to media, including companies that invest in arts. Starting from the consideration that the cultural world is moving towards a new model based on entrepreneurship and specific projects, this programme trains professionals able to create and manage cross-disciplinary projects that are economically sustainable and innovative.

The course presents a strong professional approach, through dedicated session it foster contacts and meetings with important companies and institutions active in the development of cultural policies and project, such as the ones members of Museimpresa, the Italian Association of museums and business archives, Guggenheim Intrapresae, and E.N.C.A.C.T. - European Network on Cultural Management and Policy.... [-]


Master in Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries

Malmö University
Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2018 Sweden Malmö

The master’s programme in Media and Communication studies gives you advanced knowledge of digital media through practical approaches in the field. You will work creatively and in an explorative manner with different types of media, while learning to evaluate them from a critical perspective. [+]

The field of media is constantly shifting and in the last decade the changes have been rapid, and a new media landscape has emerged. Digital media of today are characterised by participation and cooperation; media are wholly collaborative, in terms of both production and consumption.

The master’s programme in Media and Communication studies gives you advanced knowledge of digital media through practical approaches in the field. You will work creatively and in an explorative manner with different types of media, while learning to evaluate them from a critical perspective.

What is collaborative media?

The field of media is constantly shifting. In the last decade the changes have been rapid, and a new media landscape has emerged – forever reshaping not only the consumers but also the creators and distributors of media. Digital media of today are characterised by participation and cooperation; media are wholly collaborative, in terms of both production and consumption – and this is what is meant by the term ‘collaborative media.’... [-]


Master in Applied and Interdisciplinary History: Usable Pasts

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London Canterbury Russia Moscow Nizhny Novgorod + 4 more

Built on international experience of developing similar programmes, we use methodologies of global, comparative and transnational historical research that facilitate the study of patterns connecting European, Russian, Eurasian and global history. A crucial feature of the programme is its interdisciplinary character. [+]

About the Programme

A large part of historical studies is conducted as applied research. Using and interpreting historical data enables historian to construct "usable pasts" as a tool for understanding the present and imagining possible and alternative avenues of future development. Applied history embraces methods and practices dealing with identification, preservation, interpretation, and presentation of historical artifacts, texts, structures, and landscapes. In one part of our training we focus on material objects in history and their meanings within the framework of heritage and memory studies. The other part of the training will encompass a critical approach to the politics of circulation of historically formed discourses of identity and legitimacy in present day society. The two-pronged approach to the complex problem of historical legacy and heritage will fill out the gap in professional training in history and provide a platform for creating interactive processes that link the historical object, the historian, and the public.... [-]


Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Turin School of Development (International Training Centre of the ILO)
Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 - 1 year October 2018 Italy Turin

The Programme explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse categories of heritage and puts emphasis on strategic management competencies and project management for the preservation and promotion of UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites. [+]

The Master is designed by the University of Torino , the Politecnico di Torino , the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Cultural activities are a major contributor to national development, job creation and social cohesion. The master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills to participants in the conservation and promotion of World Heritage Sites as well as in the conceptualization of sustainable projects designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, creative industries, museums and tourism.The close collaboration of senior specialists of the Culture Sector of UNESCO, working in the area of Millennium Development Goals, Historic Urban Landscape, Sustainable Tourism Programme, Nominations to the World Heritage List, Management and Periodic Reporting of World Heritage Properties, strengthen the success of the Master.... [-]


Master in Arts and Culture Studies with a specialisation in Place, Culture and Tourism

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Rotterdam + 1 more

In this programme, you study the complex interplay between place, culture and tourism. You will learn to find creative, yet critical solutions to challenges in the tourism industry. [+]

How can we make sense of New Zealand's 50% increase in tourism after the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? What motivates over 1.5 million people each year to visit Auschwitz in Poland? And why are the majority of Air France's destinations former colonies of France? This programme will help you understand the international and dynamic field of cultural tourism and enable you to jumpstart a career in this ever-expanding field.

The tourism sector has grown into one of the most important industries in today's world economy. Cities, regions and nations are involved in a non-stop competition for the favours of the global tourist flows. The field has become more and more diverse, as a result of globalization and digitization. As an increasing amount of people is able and eager to travel across the globe, different cultures around the world become interconnected. This calls for new professionals in culture and tourism, who possess the knowledge and skills to anticipate and understand the global dynamics between societies, cultures, media and tourism. In this master, you focus on questions such as:... [-]


Master in Central European Comparative Studies (CECS) (Part-Time)

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Part time 2 years October 2018 Czech Republic Prague

The part-time study programme provides the opportunity to follow the same structured courses as full–time students, but all compulsory lectures take place during the term only in the afternoon of every Friday. Students attend the lectures and study on their own with the academic support of the tutors and professors. [+]

Central European Comparative Studies (CECS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which focuses on the areas of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad Countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with an overlap onto neighbouring regions. It offers a thorough comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural developments of these countries. It focuses on comparative analysis in the following areas: political systems in the 20th century, political development since 1990, the economy, European integration, culture, and the history of society in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of some of the Slavonic languages of the area. The part-time study programme provides the opportunity to follow the same structured courses as full–time students, but all compulsory lectures take place during the term only in the afternoon of every Friday. Students attend the lectures and study on their own with the academic support of the tutors and professors. The part-time study programme takes two years and at the end students obtain the same Master-diploma as the full-time students. The legal student status is the same for part-time and full-time students. The part-time study offers students the possibility to connect their personal development with their job and/or family life.... [-]


Master in Oral History - Contemporary History

Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Campus Part time 2 years October 2018 Czech Republic Prague

The two-year Master Study Program in Oral History and Contemporary History is intended for students interested in contemporary (European) history, in interviewing methodologies and in interpretative methods. Its main aim is to train students to conduct research through creating and analysing interviews, and developing fieldwork projects to address those historical and contemporary issues that require interdisciplinary investigation. [+]

The two-year Master Study Program in Oral History and Contemporary History is intended for students interested in contemporary (European) history, in interviewing methodologies and in interpretative methods. Its main aim is to train students to conduct research through creating and analysing interviews, and developing fieldwork projects to address those historical and contemporary issues that require interdisciplinary investigation. The Master is divided into two sections, the first covers contemporary (Czech and international) history and events, the second is methodological and focuses on various interviewing techniques through which we can study contemporary history. It binds together two general approaches of studying history, the macro and micro approaches, and enables a thorough understanding of recent events in history.... [-]


Master in Border Studies

University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Language And Literature, Humanities, Arts And Education (FLSHASE)
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Luxembourg Esch-sur-Alzette

The Master in Border Studies is a two-year joint international study programme addressing the complex economic, political, social and cultural issues of borders and of border regions in Europe and beyond. [+]

The Master in Border Studies is a two-year joint international study programme addressing the complex economic, political, social and cultural issues of borders and of border regions in Europe and beyond.

The multilingual courses are taught in German, French and English in three countries at four different universities:

University of Luxembourg; University of Lorraine (France); Saarland University (Germany); University of Kaiserslautern (Germany). Addressing the challenging questions of the 21st century

In the wake of the abolition of regular border controls in Europe and the fall of the iron curtain, the field of Border Studies has opened up new objects of research and has experienced a noticeable development boost. At the same time European societies experience the challenges of new closing of borders.... [-]


M.Des. in Information Arts and Information Design Practice

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2018 India Bangalore

The Information Arts and Information Design Course at Srishti will explore the idea that all data is narrative. Information is narrative, but with purposefulness. Stories craft our identity, they heal, inform, challenge and are the stuff of which our lives are made of. [+]

M.Des. in Information Arts and Information Design Practice

We preserve and transmit culture, language and all historical record, whether myth or real, using the power of narrative. Narrative or stories that are not just the oral and the written, but in art, in dance, music and drama, embracing philosophy, history, politics, the environment and the social sciences. The Information Arts and Information Design Course at Srishti will explore the idea that all data is narrative. Information is narrative, but with purposefulness. Stories craft our identity, they heal, inform, challenge and are the stuff of which our lives are made of. Traditional boundaries of the narrative are constantly broken in the interfaces of the global and the local, the traditional and the contemporary. Access to information is making the physical boundaries of the world we live in permeable. With multiple screens, constant connectivity, social and mass media has taken on a completely new form. The narrative has become all-pervasive, whether it be complex data that is to be effectively disseminated to diverse audiences, using diverse media, or it be used as a tool for research with communities in flux. Within Spaces’ is a poetic journey through the picturesque landscape of the Andamans. Chaitali Pai has used watercolors to portray the fluidity of water and the wax paintings reveal the motions of sand and water during tides. From a knowledge-based society, the challenge is to move to a wisdom-based society. To this end, we seek to find ways to seamlessly draw... [-]


Master of Philosophy in Visual Cultural Studies

UIT The Arctic University of Norway
Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 Norway Tromsø

Are you interested in human culture and how to use the video camera in social scientific research? At Visual Cultural Studies you are given the opportunity to study ethnographic research methods, anthropological theory, and ethnographic film making in an international environment, culminating with the production of your very own film and written thesis. [+]

Are you interested in human culture and how to use the video camera in social scientific research? At Visual Cultural Studies you are given the opportunity to study ethnographic research methods, anthropological theory, and ethnographic film making in an international environment, culminating with the production of your very own film and written thesis.

The Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology offers a two-year full-time Master's programme in Visual Cultural Studies (VCS). The aim of this programme is to teach students how to produce knowledge about people's lives and cultures through an exploration of their everyday lives based on the use of qualitative social science research methods and ethnographic film. The programme combines lectures in academic theory and method, filmmaking and practical instruction in camerawork, sound recording and editing.... [-]


Master Of Science In Tourism Sciences And Cultural Heritages

Università degli Studi della Basilicata
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Matera Potenza + 1 more

The Master of Science is unique in Italy thanks to the combination between the tradition of studies and research in the field of cultural heritage and that of Agricultural Sciences. Our objective is to work for graduates to acquire an education in which the cultural and environmental tourism models are fed by the industry-specific disciplines, thus creating new figures and aware for a new approach to the tourism sector. [+]

The Master of Science is unique in Italy thanks to the combination between the tradition of studies and research in the field of cultural heritage and that of Agricultural Sciences. Our objective is to work for graduates to acquire an education in which the cultural and environmental tourism models are fed by the industry-specific disciplines, thus creating new figures and aware for a new approach to the tourism sector.

This course of study is designed, therefore, to stimulate in students a mentality of enterprise in tourism, cultural and creative. Course privileged partner will be the new Laboratory of Matera, created within the School of the national project in Digital Cultural Heritage, to be created.... [-]


Master Program in Hakka Social and Cultural Studies

National Central University
Campus Full time September 2018 Taiwan Taoyuan

Master Program in Hakka Social and Cultural Studies, the first Hakka academic research and educational organization in Taiwan, was established on August 2003. Taiwan is a multicultural society, with a variety of ethnic groups that speak different languages, for example, the aboriginal, Holo, Hakka, etc. [+]

Master Program in Hakka Social and Cultural Studies, the first Hakka academic research and educational organization in Taiwan, was established on August 2003. Taiwan is a multicultural society, with a variety of ethnic groups that speak different languages, for example, the aboriginal, Holo, Hakka, etc. This makes Taiwan a society of rich cultural heritages. Our program provides students with interdisciplinary courses on issues of Hakka society and culture in Taiwan and overseas, such as China and Southeast Asia. Moreover, students are trained how to conduct fieldwork in local fields as one of the main research methods. With both theoretical and empirical training, students will gain a holistic portrait of Hakka Social and Cultural Studies. ... [-]


Master in Public and Cultural Diplomacy

University of Siena
Campus Full time October 2018 Italy Siena

Built on the experiences of various faculty members who were involved and active in cultural diplomacy and scientific projects, the Public and Cultural Diplomacy Master’s program is made up of students with diverse backgrounds, from social sciences to the humanities, and aims to improve student’s knowledge in the field of new international relations and cooperation. At the center of the program are two themes: the role of intercultural negotiation and the construction of institutions and, cultural policies at an international level. [+]

Public and Cultural Diplomacy (Specialization Public Diplomacy; Specialization Cultural Diplomacy)

Built on the experiences of various faculty members who were involved and active in cultural diplomacy and scientific projects, the Public and Cultural Diplomacy Master’s program is made up of students with diverse backgrounds, from social sciences to the humanities, and aims to improve student’s knowledge in the field of new international relations and cooperation. At the center of the program are two themes: the role of intercultural negotiation and the construction of institutions and, cultural policies at an international level.

The main disciplines are history, political science, cultural heritage in certain areas such as the Mediterranean, geography, economic development, and international law. These complimentary disciplines encourage diverse educational experiences: on one hand, knowledge and skills from experts in public diplomacy and conflict resolution, on the other hand, professional training in cultural institutions at an international level.... [-]


MPhil in Cultural Studies

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Established in 2000, the Department is the first and still the only place in the Chinese-speaking world with a fully interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan faculty of staff committed exclusively to the teaching and research in contemporary Cultural Studies. [+]

MPhil in Cultural Studies

Duration: 2 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

Established in 2000, the Department of Cultural Studies is the first department of its kind in Asia, with a fully interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan faculty committed exclusively to teaching and research in contemporary Cultural Studies.

For our post-graduate students, we provide close-contact supervision and working relationships with world-class scholars. Students can avail of travel grants to participate in conferences worldwide. We also offer various opportunities for exposure to workshops in different locations through our Inter-Asia cultural studies networks.

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Master's Degree In History And Identity In The Western Mediterranean (xv-xix Centuries)

Jaume I University (Universitat Jaume I)
Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year September 2018 Spain Castellón

Between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the birth of modern European society, the Mediterranean underwent a profound transformation that defined a new framework for political and economic relations, as well as renewed cultural horizons. The study of these processes, in addition to having undeniably intrinsic, provides the key to understanding our world, and in particular ... [+]

Between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the birth of modern European society, the Mediterranean underwent a profound transformation that defined a new framework for political and economic relations, as well as renewed cultural horizons. The study of these processes, in addition to having undeniably intrinsic, provides the key to understanding our world, and in particular the problems that the process of political construction of the European Union faces as the limits of the sovereignty, harmonization of different cultural traditions and finding a common ideological foundation that respects the identities of its components. This master is aimed at training specialists in the analysis and interpretation of this period, and historical understanding of the challenges facing the current Mediterranean.... [-]