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Culture, Policy and Management MA

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Full time | Northampton Square | 1 year | 02-OCT-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies Arts / Culture Administration Social Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Key information

A pioneer in defining the cultural landscape for over four decades, this programme lets you design and navigate your own learning of culture, policy and management. You can investigate your own specialist area and shape your own professional path.

Course overview

Benefits of this course

What you will learn:

  • how to identify and apply analytical frameworks to your own research and professional practice
  • ways of evaluating theories and practices of cultural policy and management
  • methods of analysing key factors affecting cultural policymaking and management
  • approaches to evaluate research and methodologies within the cultural sector
  • forms of theorising and communicating principles of cultural policy and management to stakeholders
  • how to undertake a credible research project in independent cultural policy or management.

Who is this course for?

This master’s degree is ideal if you have an undergraduate degree and a passion for the arts. You may also have experience working in the cultural sector and wish to study a specialist field.

This course is flexible and suits a range of interests. Previous subjects have included policies for the creative city, the democratisation of opera and the motivations of young fashion entrepreneurs.


Our graduates find employment across the creative and cultural sector, with many remaining in London and some pursuing careers overseas.

From orchestras and the fine art market, to marketing and management, most of our graduates are employed in cultural roles. They have found work with organisations including:

  • Barbican Centre (London)
  • UNESCO (Paris)
  • Ullens Contemporary Art Centre (Beijing)
  • Royal Opera House (London)
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza (South Korea)
  • National Art Gallery ‘Astana’ (Kazakhstan).


This module introduces the core debates around cultural policy. It outlines the emergence of cultural policy as a field of study and its relationship to a variety of academic areas, including political science, arts management and cultural studies.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You will need, as a minimum: a lower second class honours degree or equivalent; an understanding of your country's cultural and creative sector and some relevant experience - this could be as an intern or volunteer.

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK institution, offering an innovative programme of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses which uphold the university’s commitment to enhance people’s lives through education. City is a research-driven university and has around 21,000 enrolled students, of which 45% are studying postgraduate qualifications. The university community is a diverse and international population home to students from...more