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.
Arts Policy and Management (MA) (Part-time)
Arts Policy and Management (MA) (Full-time)
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.
As above, covered in 1 year.
View our provisional 2015/16 timetable
MA Arts Policy and Management dissertation
Pathway modules: Arts Marketing
Pathway modules: Audiences: participation and learning
Pathway modules: Curating
Pathway modules: Performing Arts
Please note that not all option/pathway modules are available every year and maximum class numbers will be fixed.
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: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
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.