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)
To complete the MA in Arts Policy and Management, you must successfully complete modules worth a total of 180 credit points. You undertake compulsory, core and option modules, select a specialist pathway, and complete a dissertation.
If you are studying full-time, you take 2 core modules and 2 compulsory modules, select a pathway consisting of 2 modules, choose 1 option module, and complete a dissertation, all in 1 year.
If you are studying part-time, in Year 1, you take 2 core modules and 2 compulsory modules, and you select a pathway and complete 1 module from that pathway.
In Year 2, you choose 1 option module, take the second module from your chosen pathway, and write a dissertation.
Our pathways each consist of 2 specialist option modules that allow you to focus on, and deepen your knowledge of, an area within arts policy and management that is of especial interest to you.
Pathways are offered in:
- Audiences: Participation and Learning.
- Performing Arts.
- Or your can create your own pathway, taking The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions and choosing 1 other module from the available option modules.
To find out more, please see our programme structure.
Pathway modules: Audiences: participation and learning
Pathway modules: Create your own
Pathway modules: Curating
Pathway modules: Performing arts
Indicative option modules
MA Arts Policy and Management dissertation
Please note that not all option/pathway modules are available every year and maximum class numbers will be fixed.
You will not graduate with a specialist pathway as the title of your Master's degree.
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.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
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Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
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.