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 .

Compulsory module:

Research Methods in Media and Cultural Studies .

Pathway modules: Audiences: participation and learning:

Audiences: Communities, Participation and Learning;

Creating a Public. Museums and their audiences .

Pathway modules: Create your own:

The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions .

Pathway modules: Curating:

Creating Contemporary Exhibitions (30 CATS);

Curating as Critical Practice (30 CATS) .

Pathway modules: Performing arts:

Managing the Performing Arts (30 CATS);

Staging Music Events and Festivals .

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,175 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £4,075 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,425 Overseas Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £2,725 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £4,950 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You should have a 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. 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 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.