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Online/Distance | University of the Highlands and Islands | 1 year | JAN-23

Study mode



1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Festivals Administration Events Management

Course type


Course Summary

What is special about this course?

This PgCert Festival and Events Management provides a flexible learning experience for those aspiring to work within the fields of management and leadership in festival and events contexts.

The programme explores three key strands within festival and events planning and delivery, exploring what it means for heritage, the arts, and music. If you have an interest in festivals and events, are already working in the industry and looking to upskill, or seeking formal recognition whilst working in organisations where festivals and events are commonplace, this is the course for you.

Due to the nature of the programme, you can select option modules from three key areas, heritage, music, and art, to better tailor the course to a context suited to you.

Special features

  • The course is delivered fully online, allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • Strong emphasis on employability, with a focus on teaching sector specific skills and creating strong industry links throughout
  • Taught by staff who have practical experience working in the festival and events sectors, and informed by relevant academic research
  • Use of discussion boards, e-portfolios and videos to stimulate discussion and develop a learning community environment

How will I study my course?

You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 1 year @ 3 x 200 hours per module for full time study (Either: 2 modules in Semester 1 and 1 module in Semester 2 OR 1 module in Semester 1 and 2 modules in Semester 2)
Part-time (structured): 1.5 years @ 3 x 200 hours module (1 module per semester for 3 semesters: Semester 1 = Jan-Apr, Semester 2 = Sep-Dec, Semester 3 = Jan-Apr)
Part-time (unstructured): 3 years @ 1 module per year

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

Festival management
Events management
Project management in the arts, heritage or music

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from PgCert Festival and Events Management to the following courses: *MSc Interpretation Management and Practice - the 'Engaging with Heritage' module is shared between this PgCert and the MSc Interpretation Management and Practice. If you wish to progress onto the MSc and have already completed the Engaging with Heritage module, then you may apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and put this towards your overall credit total for the MSc
*MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management
*MSc Museum Education


Fundraising for festivals and events - Core
Project managing festivals and events - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2:2 or above, in a relevant subject relating to humanities, cultural studies, museum studies, business or science. Non-native speakers should have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0. Non-standard applicants will have relevant professional and sector experience considered in place of the above qualifications. Potential applicants with non-standard qualifications can apply to study a single module as an access point for the wider programme. This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional modules/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification.