Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This flexible Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Policy and Management is ideal if you are an arts manager wishing to develop your practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, or if you wish to pursue a career in arts management and you satisfy other entry criteria. The programme 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.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates can pursue careers in the creative arts, education and museums/galleries. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or arts administrator. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker or multimedia specialist.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £2,800 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £2,800 European Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £5,075 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students 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 three years? relevant experience, for example in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.