• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration:

      2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

    • Attendance:

      Flexible, part-time study options, including evening sessions, some daytime and Saturday sessions, or agreed combinations of the above.

      Full-time study may include a number of combinations of the above.

      October to June

    • Location:

      Central London

    Programme overview

    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.

    How to apply

    Application deadlines and interviews

    We recommend you apply as early as possible.

    Interviews will be held from February.

    Online application

    Arts Policy and Management (MA) (Part-time)

    Arts Policy and Management (MA) (Full-time)

    Why study this course at Birkbeck?

    Course structure

    Part-time study

    In Year 1, you take 2 core modules, Research Methods seminars and 1 module from your chosen pathway.

    Pathways are: Audiences, Participation and Learning; Curating; Performing Arts, or a bespoke pathway based on your needs.

    In Year 2, you take an option module, the second module from your chosen pathway, and write a dissertation.

    Full-time study

    As above, covered in 1 year.

    View our provisional 2015/16 timetable

    Core modules

    MA Arts Policy and Management dissertation

    Pathway modules: Arts Marketing

    Pathway modules: Audiences: participation and learning

    Pathway modules: Curating

    Pathway modules: Performing Arts

    Option modules

    Please note that not all option/pathway modules are available every year and maximum class numbers will be fixed.

    Entry requirements

    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.

      On the basis of prior learning and achievement, exemption may be possible for up to 50% of Year 1 elements of the MA.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.


      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3475 pa
      Full-time home/EU students: £ 6950 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 6650 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 12975 pa

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      Finishing your undergraduate degree this year? Current Birkbeck students are eligible for a £10,000 scholarship to fund a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015-2016.

      The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

      Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

      Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

      Careers and employability

      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.

      Find out more about these professions.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

      Teaching and assessment


      Lectures, seminars, group projects, presentations and tutorials.


      Coursework: a combination of written work-related assignments, presentations, special projects and a research dissertation/independent study.

      Our research

      Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

      Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

      Read about Birkbeck research that enriches our experience and understanding of our shared history, culture and art.

      Further study opportunities

      If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Arts Management.