Welcome to the Master of Cultural Economy program


The cultural economy is a highly diverse sector, characterised by a complex ecosystem in which cultural and economic goals and dynamics combine in ways that transgress traditional disciplinary and policy boundaries.

This degree provides an overall guide to this cultural economy and the individual roadmaps needed to achieve various ambitions. This might be work in the independent arts and creative/cultural industries; working in cultural policy, governance and community development; and/or seeking to place cultural economies in an historical context, and its implications for contemporary practice.

International Relevance and Practical Experience

As a student in Monash’s Master of Cultural Economy, you will have the opportunity to engage with the sector and participate in internships and field schools both in Australia and overseas.


Experiential Learning

The Master of Cultural Economy offers a research or internship project component, which provides students with the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary real-world contexts to combine theory and practice in responding to local and global issues at individual, community, corporate and government levels.

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Research-led Teaching

As a student in the Master of Cultural Economy, you will have the opportunity to be taught by academic staff who are widely regarded as leading experts in their respective fields. Our lecturers do research on Australian and international cultural policy, urban regeneration and cultural clusters, cultural and creative industries, art museums and live music venues, creative workers, community arts, sports media and computer gaming, among others.

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International Opportunities

As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in the unit Shanghai City Lab, a unique program aimed at immersing students in the cultural economy of Asia’s new global metropolis. With extensive contacts to local researchers, policy makers and Chinese and Western businesses in the city, the CityLab opens a window onto new opportunities for careers in the cultural economy.

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How to Study

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Click here for fees and entry requirements for domestic and international students.

Click here for Scholarships and Funding information for domestic and international students.

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.

What Our Alumni Think

Monash graduates have found employment in government, non-government and private sector organisations both in Australia and internationally.

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Meet Our Academic Teaching Staff

Our academic teaching staff members are innovative researchers and established industry professionals.


Dr Justin O’Connor

Professor Justin O’Connor’s career has included appointments at various universities in the UK, China, and Australia. During his time at Manchester Metropolitan University, Professor O’Connor led a four city-university MA in Culture and Urban Regeneration. His research led to the establishment of Manchester’s Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS), the UK’s first dedicated local economic development agency for the creative industries, of which he was chair.


Associate Professor Shane Homan

Assoc Professor Shane Homan is Head of Communications and Media Studies at Monash University. His research interests are popular music, cultural industries and cultural policy, with commissioned reports on popular music in NSW (NSW Ministry of Arts 2003) and Melbourne (City of Melbourne 2010) and an investigation of the Australian recording sector (Australia Council 2012).

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