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MSc International Festival & Event Management

MSc International Festival & Event Management

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Festivals Administration Events Management

Course type


Course Summary

Develop practical skills in international festival and event management on our leading course, whilst in the worlds leading festival city


Edinburgh is the most famous festival city in the world with more than 70 years’ history of arts and cultural festivals. Visitors from all over the globe travel to this tourism-friendly capital city every year to experience its renowned arts and cultural festivals alongside its thriving portfolio of entertainment, business, and sporting events, making it a great place to study international festival and event management.

This Masters degree will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully plan, coordinate and manage international festivals and events, and to devise policies and strategies for the festival and event industry. It also contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.

Course details

You’ll develop skills such as formulating policy and planning for the future, as well as developing your softer skills in the likes of time management, project management, and formal presentations.

You’ll also develop business and marketing skills that relate specifically to the design, management and evaluation of large and small-scale events and festivals with an international focus.

Through lectures, guest speakers and case studies, you’ll develop an advanced understanding of the contemporary issues and key concepts involved in the international festival and event industry.

With our close connections within Edinburgh’s festivals community, and the large number of tourist ventures and operations in or near the city and further afield, you’ll have plenty of options for part-time work and opportunities for employment after graduation.


The assessments on this course include individual coursework such as:

  • written reports
  • essays
  • portfolios
  • exams
  • oral presentations
  • business plans
  • design pitches


  • Festival and Event management
  • Arts and cultural management
  • Performance and theatre production
  • Event design and programming
  • Festival logistics coordinator
  • Music festival director
  • Event marketing and sponsorship management
  • Conference and corporate events management
  • Charity fundraising and event management.

Different course options

Full time | Edinburgh Napier University | 12 months | 07-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

University information

With three campuses located across the city, Edinburgh Napier University offers you the opportunity to join a diverse and friendly student community. The University boasts a wide range of postgraduate degrees in subject areas such as Biosciences, Building & Surveying, Music, Teaching, and Tourism, Hospitality and Events, which you can choose to study either full-time or part-time. For full flexibility, there is also a selection of online and...more

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