City, University of London

Course Introduction

This Masters is ideal for those who have an undergraduate degree and a passion for the arts, or those with previous experience working within the cultural sector and eclectic areas of interest they want to pursue. From digital crowdfunding to policies for the creative city, and from social media and the democratisation of opera to the motivations of young fashion enrepreneurs or museum branding, students are able to investigate their own subject and develop their individual professional path on the programme.

This programme is all about customising your learning so you can become a competent professional ready to start, continue or change your career. On completion of the course you will be able to evaluate and integrate the theories and practices of culture, policy and management.

Course Modules

The MA is structured around a spine of four core modules taking place in the autumn and spring terms – culture, cultural policy, managing organisations and Introduction to research. The MA culminates in a 15,000'word dissertation (running through the spring and summer terms), which students complete by the end of August.

Core modules:

Culture (15 credits);

Managing organisations (15 credits);

Cultural policy (15 credits); and

Introduction to research (15 credits).

Elective modules:

Audiences and marketing (15 credits);

Digital cultures (15 credits);

Evaluation, politics and advocacy (15 credits);

Fundraising in and for the cultural sector (15 credits);

Global Cultural Industries, Ethics and Social Responsibility (15 credits);

Professional placement (15 credits);

Public culture: the politics of participation (15 credits);

Understanding financial accounts and entrepreneurship (15 credits);

Celebrity (Sociology) (15 credits);

Communication, culture and development (Sociology) (30 credits);

Popular music and society (Music) (15 credits);

International Organisations in Global Politics (International Politics) (15 credits);

Global Governance (15 credits); and

Designing Interactive Media (15 credits).

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £9,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £16,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £4,750 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £8,250 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You will need, as a minimum:
  • a lower second class honours degree or equivalent; and
  • an understanding of your country's cultural policy and have some relevant experience - this could be as a volunteer.
  • We understand that many of you will have experience of subsequent professional practice. Special consideration is given to applications from mature students without the required formal qualifications and those wishing to make a career change.
  • Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students:
  • If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.