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Global Cultures MA

Become a leading figure in the global workplace, driving change and improving the world for everyone.

Key information

Study mode:

100% online


2 years, part time

Applications open:

14 March 2024

Application deadline:

6 August 2024

Next start date:

3 September 2024


January, April and September

Tuition fees:

£15,492 *

These tuition fees may be subject to increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

(funding options and instalments are available)

* Depending on your country of residence, you may also have to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) in addition to your tuition fees. You can find further information on the King's Goods and Services tax page.

Course overview

The online Global Cultures MA equips you with essential interpersonal and cultural skills for today’s interconnected world. Current reports from the forefront of world industry highlight a significant gap in soft skills, suggesting that the most relevant abilities for the future are those that machines cannot learn, such as creativity, empathy, and an ability to understand and negotiate different cultural contexts. 

In a globalised world, these skills are crucial for engaging effectively with diverse colleagues, customers, clients, suppliers, and partners. Whatever industry you work in, studying our Global Cultures MA helps you to succeed in the modern workplace. 

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Innovations in transport, technology, and communications have created greater opportunities for businesses and organisations to operate internationally. The workforce itself is increasingly global, thanks to remote working, in-country offices, and worker migration.

While bringing people together from diverse cultural backgrounds can lead to fresh ideas and new ways of thinking, it can also present challenges. 

This new world requires individuals who can communicate and work effectively with a diverse range of people. After studying as part of King’s College London's field-leading Global Cultures MA, you'll emerge as a more sensitive and socially aware leader.

You'll be ready to navigate cultural differences, promote inclusivity, and foster an open and supportive work environment, enhancing collaboration and communication with colleagues and a global client base.

Our programme ensures you develop in-demand skills and competencies, improving your personal career prospects and helping your organisation thrive in a global marketplace. 

Why choose this online MA?

Become a culturally competent leader

Learn how to break down barriers and create meaningful connections, enhancing your leadership capabilities in a globalised environment. Gain the expertise to lead diverse teams effectively and inspire collaboration across cultures.

Develop in-demand soft skills

Gain expertise in communication, leadership, critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, adaptability, and emotional intelligence. These are the vital, often overlooked, soft skills necessary for success in today's workplace.

Meet a diverse cohort

Join a diverse and international community, studying alongside professionals from various backgrounds and specialisms. Engage in group assignments and social forums to develop a global mindset.

Apply what you learn

The capstone research project allows you to apply your knowledge by focusing on aspects related to your workplace or career focus. Past projects have covered diverse topics such as diversity and inclusion practices in Hong Kong education institutions and the role of racism in the Canadian police.

What you'll study

In the Global Cultures MA, you’ll explore how global cultures are defined, how they differ, interrelate, and coexist in today’s increasingly diverse and interconnected world. This understanding is crucial for developing the skills to communicate effectively across different cultural backgrounds. 

Modules cover key concepts such as race, gender, language, and migration, deepening your knowledge of global cultures. Additionally, you'll learn essential cultural practices and how to creatively and critically apply this knowledge to real-world contexts. 

Through individual and group projects, you will develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Brainstorming and discussing ideas with peers will enhance your professional skills, flexibility, and adaptability. Encountering divergent opinions, styles, and approaches will foster your awareness and empathy, preparing you to navigate and contribute effectively to our interconnected global society.  

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Module overview

This online Global Cultures MA course is comprised of 11 modules, totalling 180 credits. You'll take four 15-credit Cultural Concept modules (60 credits), four 15-credit Cultural Practice modules (60 credits), and three Research modules (60 credits).

All 11 modules on the course are compulsory. The three research modules (Advanced Research Skills; Research Project Design; Independent Research Project) are core and you must pass them to complete the award. There is an optional (non-credit bearing) Study Skills module designed to prepare students who may have been out of education for some time.

Cultural Concept modules

You’re required to take the following four Cultural Concept modules:

Cultural Practice modules

You’re also required to take four Cultural Practice modules:

Research modules

You’re also required to take three research modules:

Study Skills module (optional)

This module provides additional training in the key skills required to study global cultures online. You’ll learn how to analyse primary and secondary sources of research, use evidence critically and rigorously, and cite material appropriately and avoid plagiarism.

Some of the core academic writing skills covered include handling and organising information and data, note-taking, critical reasoning, verbal, and written presentation skills. 

Meet your Programme Director

Dr James Corke-Webster

Dr. James Corke-Webster is a classicist and historian. Before joining King’s College London in 2017, he studied Classics and Theology in Oxford, Cambridge, and Manchester. He was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at Berkeley. An expert in early Christian and late antique history, James held lectureships at Edinburgh and Durham before coming to King’s. His research interests include the development of Christian thought, the socio-political changes of late antiquity, and the historiographical methods of early historians like Eusebius of Caesarea. His contributions to the field are extensive, with publications in prestigious journals and participation in educational media. James’s monograph on Eusebius won both the Oxford

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How you’re assessed 

Assessments are crafted to evaluate your knowledge, understanding, and critical awareness of course topics. They also assess your ability to analyse and apply specialist knowledge to practical situations. These assessment methods may vary between modules. They’re likely to include one or more of the following:

Group presentations

Written coursework
(essays and reports)

Online exams

Entry requirements

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Career options in Global Cultures

The online Global Cultures MA equips you with the crucial skills for success in any field: the ability to navigate cultural differences and engage effectively with colleagues from global businesses. This awareness of cultural nuances and the ability to collaborate across international boundaries are invaluable in today’s interconnected world, ensuring that you stand out in the competitive job market.  

Graduates of the programme will possess highly sought-after soft skills, including communication, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, adaptability, empathy, and emotional intelligence. These skills are essential for building effective relationships, motivating teams, and communicating across diverse backgrounds.  

The online Global Cultures MA can open doors to a wide range of roles across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, regardless of the industry. Businesses and organisations increasingly value cultural awareness and diversity, making this MA highly relevant in today’s globalised world. International organisations, charities, and governments specifically seek staff with deep knowledge and appreciation of different cultures and languages. 

No matter what success looks like to you—whether it's leading people, becoming a better communicator, or facilitating group interactions—this course can help you achieve your goals. 

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