Rapid changes affecting digital services at the interface of rights, data, information. How can I be at the cutting-edge?

Creative industry workers are increasingly expected to understand the interface of intellectual property, information law and data & privacy management, and apply this knowledge. Interactive and transmedia projects often involve use of assets and creative input from across the firm – this new way of working in digital media introduces new challenges for workers used to working primarily in a single medium, or with a particular audience in mind.

Despite organisations urgently requiring professional development, there are very few credible opportunities for those working in the digital creative industries. The MSc@CREATe is a pioneering executive education offering just that. We will develop future digital innovators and creative industry leaders. We aim to bridge the gap between understanding the law and understanding digital innovation. Successfully completing the MSc@CREATe will not only ensure you learn from the best people but it will also allow you to attach to your career the CREATe brand!


A Master of Science degree in Intellectual Property, Innovation and the Creative Economy, known as MSc@CREATe, is being launched in 2016 by CREATe (University of Glasgow).

CREATe’s sharp research-led education offering

Built to be delivered fully online, with optional attendance at ‘live streamed’ masterclasses, this executive level Masters will suit a busy but aspiring media industry or policy professional, who can continue with their career without much interruption and seamlessly combine it with efforts towards an industry endorsed degree from a world leading University.

Glasgow-smallThis online MSc@CREATe is being launched from its base the University of Glasgow by CREATe, RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. CREATe is an interdisciplinary research initiative, at the interface of regulation, technology and the creative industries, funded jointly by the AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC. CREATe aims to create an open knowledge environment, having pioneered a range of new multimedia delivery modes for the communication of and interaction with research, including full documentations of research seminars and workshops.

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World Changers Welcome SmallAudience / Can I enrol on the MSc@CREATe?

The programme is aimed principally at individuals working in the following areas:

i) New commercial, often digital, services that need to formalise after the start up phase;
ii) Large public sector initiatives involved in digitisation;
iii) Policy organizations (government, PR, NGO).

It may also suit creative industry professionals as well as entrepreneurs in the digital creative economy.

Fully Online Delivery Model & Proposed Modular Courses/ Can I keep my job while studying for the MSc@CREATe?

Flexibility of delivery at a Masters level is especially sought by executive level professionals working in the creative industries, wishing to upgrade their knowledge and skills in managing intellectual property assets in creative businesses. This programme is tailored to address the ‘portfolio lives’ and development needs of professionals working in the creative industries. The MSc@CREATe sits in a ‘build-your-own’ masters framework consisting of online course materials, interactive forums and webcast lectures, with the option to attend live masterclasses at the University of Glasgow.

Courses/ What will I learn?

The development of a modular framework where the students have a choice of courses offered through the autumn (Oct-Dec), spring (Jan-Apr) and summer (May-Aug) semesters. They may accumulate credits over more than a year, thereby allowing the introduction of related executive pathways at low resource intensiveness to the student as well as a sponsoring organization. The programme is validated as four 20-credit core modules plus an additional two options from a selection, to be offered in alternate years. A work based learning (WBL) project worth 60 credits, to be offered over every summer semester, will complete the MSc programme worth a total of 180 credits.

The following units will make up the MSc@CREATe programme:

4 core courses

  • Law, Culture & Technology
  • Copyright in the Digital Environment
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Trade Marks and Brands

2 additional courses from

  • Regulation Policy in the Creative Economy
  • Participation, Communities & Users
  • Strategic Management in the Creative Economy
  • Information Law and Data Management

Download short descriptions and detailed aims for all the courses listed above.

Assessments/ How would I know if I am doing well on the programme? What will ensure I get this degree?

Assessments across the courses would broadly follow a strategy of combining some form of continuous assessment and ‘end of course’ electronically submitted assignments. Active participation in online forums and masterclasses will be tracked and rewarded. Particularly to benefit a working individual, it is envisaged that a mentored ‘work based learning’ project (worth 1/3 of the total credit units for successful completion of the programme) will satisfy dissertation writing requirements, thereby duly acknowledging and rewarding continuing career based endeavours. For those who are not currently in work, a traditional research based dissertation option is also available.

Staffing & Expertise/ Who will I learn from and debate with?

Led by CREATe investigators and researchers (including Professor Martin Kretschmer, Dr Sukhpreet Singh, Dr Kris Erickson, Dr Elena Cooper, Dr Theo Koutmeridis), this initiative will be supported by further expertise across the School of Law and Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow. Masterclasses will be given by leading public figures and experts from relevant disciplines.

Industry Endorsement/ What will it be worth? How will it add to my career prospects?

The programme will be endorsed by a leading industry association (details to be announced), thus providing enhanced career advancement opportunities to those who successfully complete this programme. Additionally, students will benefit from direct access to key leaders and decision makers in the sector.

Fees/ How much will it cost my organization or me?

The fees for this postgraduate programme will be £10,000 GDP (payment can be spread over 2 years if you plan to finish your studies in 2 years or more). Since this is a fully online programme, Home, EU and International students all pay the same fees. Due to the course being online, international students can be based in their home countries – consequently, the University will NOT be sponsoring them for a Tier 4 Student visa.

Register you Interest/ When and how can I join?

We will be starting off with a small cohort in 2016. If you consider applying to enrol in the 2016 cohort, pre-register your interest by emailing Dr Sukhpreet Singh (Director of MSc@CREATe).

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