Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This Master's degree in arts policy and management is designed for existing arts managers who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, or for those who wish to pursue a career in arts management and who satisfy other entry criteria. It explores the requirements and benefits of strategic management, balancing theory and practice within the context of the prevailing social, political, economic and technological environments. It focuses on public and voluntary sector arts organisations, but also addresses key commercial sector issues.

Course Modules

Core modules: Arts administration and management; arts policy and planning; MA dissertation. Pathways are: Arts marketing; audiences, participation and learning; curating; or performing arts. Students studying part'time will take 2 core modules, research methods seminars and 1 module from your chosen pathway in the 1st year. In year 2, you take an option module, the second module from your chosen pathway, and write a dissertation. Students studying full'time will do the same as listed above, but the contents will be covered on 1 year.

Course Additional Entry

Good Honours degree in an arts subject, or a good Honours degree in any subject together with experience of administration/management in an arts/cultural organisation, or 3 years' relevant experience, for example in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation. On the basis of prior learning and achievement, exemption may be possible for up to 50 per cent of year 1 elements of the MA. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £14,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Day and Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £7,225  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Day and Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time Day and Evening
PgCert £4,825  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time Day and Evening
PgCert £2,650  Academic year. First year home fees