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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)|Creative Campus|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


The MA by Creative Practice provides an exciting course bringing together a vibrant mix of diverse subjectivities including Fine Art, Design, Drama, Dance, Performance Studies and Music; which is open to graduates from the UK and abroad.

The course is designed to suit both students progressing directly from undergraduate studies and also for more established creative professionals wishing to update and reinvigorate their practices.

The MA is comprised of both formally taught modules, delivered by a wide range of creative staff and practitioners; and an individual programme of practice and research negotiated with an appropriate subject specialist who acts as practice supervisor. The programme is facilitated by well equipped studios, practice and performance spaces supported by enthusiastic technical support.

There is strong emphasis on independent learning requiring personal responsibility, reflection and evaluation as well as ample scope for the dissemination of research outcomes in PGR Forums and in appropriately professional standard spaces within, and beyond, the university.

Applicants must be highly motivated with a strong desire to develop intellectually as well as developing an imaginative, thoughtful and exciting body of work.

Curriculum Overview

The programme consists of six taught modules, three of which are theoretical and formally timetabled, the other three taught through tutorial contact with your allocated supervisor. Each module is assessed and a total of 180 credits is required to graduate with the MA (although earlier successful exit points can result in the award of a Diploma or Certificate qualification).

Assessment will include practical outcomes (such as exhibitions, performances and presentations), written assignments and other supporting professional practice.

BCPM006 - Creative Practice Research Methodology

This module presents students with key examples of Practice as Research methodology and discusses the development of their major projects. Throughout the module, students develop a portfolio of work which records their progress as researchers, building towards their final body of work, together with their Creative Research Statement and Conference Presentation. Its goal is to guide students through the process of academic research, in which they accrue knowledge of Practice as Research within the arts and expertise in managing their own independent research project.

BCPM007 - Perspectives on Creative Practice

The module consists of a series of core lectures reflecting a range of discourses and aspects of practice relevant to the contemporary milieu. Drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives it seeks to provide a series of lenses through which creative practice can be perceived, reflected on and given impetus with reference to contemporary practice including colleagues and visiting academics and creative practitioners.

BCPM008 - Professional Creative Practice

The module provides a focus for professional practice as it relates to creative practice. It will provide an opportunity for advanced reflection on the relationship between production and consumption of cultural artefacts and events and encourage students to prepare themselves for the professional world. The module will broadly outline the key contexts of both documentary methodology and dissemination, allowing the students then to develop a framework for the presentation of their practice. Content will therefore include key introductions to website design, photographic archiving, publication, use of social media or emerging virtual platforms, networking and database membership, conferencing and applications to funding mechanisms.

BCPM009 - Exploratory Creative Practice

The module consists of a series of tutorials with the student, initially to agree a robust creative research area, subsequently to provide a critical dialogue, creative encouragement, professional advice and technical assistance.

BCPM0010 - Developmental Creative Practice

This module follows on from the Exploratory Creative Practice module and builds on it to develop the substantial focus of the creative work proposed.

The module places an increasing emphasis on self-direction supported by the accompanying negotiated bi-weekly tutorials.

BCPM011 - Advanced Creative Practice

This Advanced Creative Practice module builds upon the Exploratory and Developmental modules and represents the culmination of the creative output of the student. It supports the contextualisation, realisation, appraisal and dissemination of the practice to a mature public facing and professional level.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in the subject to be studied.


Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

The Creative Campus is the city-centre home of creative and performing arts subjects such as Fine Art, Design, Dance, Drama & Performance Studies and Music. The site houses theatres and performance spaces as well as art and design studios and practice spaces. The Creative Campus contains two historic Grade II Listed buildings and a modern hall of residence offering self-catering en-suite accommodation for up to 180 students along with the newly built Capstone building, a £6 million centre for Music, Performance and Innovation, opened in March 2010, providing additional facilities including the 300 seat contemporary Hope Theatre. The site has been continuously developed since Liverpool Hope purchased the former St Francis Xavier school building in the 1990s. Since then, the University has invested £34 million in the creative and performing arts campus. The site includes a Refectory and two Cafes, a reading room, computer suites and a subject specific library.

The state-of-the-art facilities include two theatres, three dance studios, a popular music basement, a three electroacoustic studio workstations, an eight-channel surround sound electroacoustic studio, 2 music technology laboratories (8 and 12 unit) and an industry standard recording studio all equipped with Macs, and studios for painting, sculpture, ceramics, metal and textiles along with significant investment in computers and related software including, Adobe CS6, CorelDraw, SolidWorks and digital output including Mimaki Textile Printers, Laser Cutters and 3D Printing. All technical areas are supported by full-time and graduate technicians. A gallery space and display cabinets also invigorate exhibitions and feedback on outputs.

All six modules are taught within the Creative Campus at Hope’s Everton site. The three practice modules are taught through individual tutorial contact with a subject specialist. The three theoretical lectures are taught in lecture rooms within the Cornerstone building. Students’ practice generally takes place in their own subject workshops, studios, performance spaces, theatres, music suites, dance studios, reading rooms, library and IT suites, within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. On occasions, collaboration with outside organisations, facilities, performance spaces, galleries and industry may be appropriate.

All staff teaching on the MA by Creative Practice are professional practitioners in their respective disciplines and their research interests reflect this.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


The course provides a firm foundation for diverse careers opportunities and provides a broad range of transferable skills. Hope masters graduates have gone on to a variety of careers, as practitioners, in creative administration, in further research and into academic posts. Hope’s Careers and Employability Service as well as subject staff can assist in your career planning along with the career information presented within the Professional Practice module of the MA itself.