2 years part-time or 1 year full-time, October to June
Flexible evening study, with some daytime and Saturday sessions
Other entry years for this course2018
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.
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
- Benefit from links with arts and cultural organisations, including an optional work placement.
- Specialise according to your interest with a choice of specialist pathways.
- Flexible study pattern with a mixture of evening and daytime study options.
- We offer a to help you while you're studying with us.
- The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Art and Design at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading or internationally excellent research.
- Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
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 1 core module 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 1 core module 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 special 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.
- Research Methods in Media and Cultural Studies
- Room at the Top: Professional Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
Pathway modules: Audiences: participation and learning
Pathway modules: Create your own
Pathway modules: Curating
Pathway modules: Performing arts
Indicative option modules
- Arts Management and Urban Development
- Audiences: Communities, Participation and Learning
- Comparative Cultural Policies
- Creating a Public. Museums and their audiences
- Creating Contemporary Exhibitions (30 CATS)
- Curating as Critical Practice (30 CATS)
- Digital Culture
- Legal Aspects of Arts Management
- Managing the Performing Arts (30 CATS)
- Marketing: Strategies and Planning
- Staging Music Events and Festivals
- The Inside Out of Culture: Theories and Institutions
- Work in a changing sector
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.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Lectures, seminars, group projects, presentations and tutorials.
Coursework: a combination of written work-related assignments, presentations, special projects and a research dissertation/independent study.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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 the destinations of graduates in this subject.
Birkbeck offers a wide range of free careers support and advice for students.
How to apply
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How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
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Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible.
Interviews will be held from February.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
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