Arts Policy and Management (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved


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 course


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.

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Course structure

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
  • Curating
  • 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.

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Core module

Compulsory modules

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.

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