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    1. 2017

Culture, Policy and Management

MA |
Inform policy and practice and design your own learning on a programme that has been defining the cultural landscape for over four decades.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 24 months


Full-time: £9,500

Part-time: £5,250 per year


Full-time: £16,500

Part-time: £8,250 per year

Who is it for?

Students come from all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds - from fashion to film and all other sectors of the creative industries. This Masters is ideal for those who have an undergraduate degree and a passion for the arts, or those with previous experience working within the cultural sector and eclectic areas of interest they want to pursue. From digital crowdfunding to policies for the creative city, and from social media and the democratisation of opera to the motivations of young fashion enrepreneurs or museum branding, students are able to investigate their own subject and develop their individual professional path on the programme.

“To an extent, the students' own interests have helped shape the way in which the course has evolved. We learn a lot from them through their experiences, their coursework, their discussions.”

Course Director, Dr Ana Gaio


This programme is all about customising your learning so you can become a competent professional ready to start, continue or change your career. On completion of the course you will be able to evaluate and integrate the theories and practices of culture, policy and management.

The student experience runs through everything we do, from the structure of the course itself to our discussions and tutorials. The curriculum was developed with support from an advisory group that includes senior figures from Arts Council England, the Barbican, Shakespeare's Globe and the V&A. This means your learning is attuned to the latest insights from the sector.

Requirements and how to apply

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.

Other suitable qualifications

We understand that many of you will have work experience or professional practice. Special consideration is given to applications from mature students without the required formal qualifications and those wishing to make a career change.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to achieve one of the following English language test scores:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with 7.0 in the writing component).
  • Cambridge Proficiency grade C or above.
  • Evidence that the medium of instruction for their first degree was in English.

Your English test should have been taken in the last two years.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2017 are now open.

To apply you will need to provide a personal statement.

The admissions tutor would like to conduct an informal discussion with all applicants either in person or, for overseas students, via Skype. This will take place in most cases after a decision on the application has been made.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries
Department of Sociology
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB

Or email

this pioneering programme is now in its 43rd year
alumni including key figures such as Pim Baxter, Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery
elective modules to choose from

More about fees


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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Students applying from the US can find out more about the loans available.

Student applying from Canada can find out more about the loans available.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


British Council: Chevening awards. Usually for non-UK/EU students. See the Chevening website for further information and guidance.

Alumni views

Alumna Soraia Salvador talks about her time studying Culture, Policy and Management at City, University of London and what she is doing now.


The professional work placement is an elective module giving you the opportunity to work in the cultural sector to apply the skills you have gained from the programme so far.

When it comes to the organisation, it is totally up to you. Previous students have gained experience with the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, The British Library, IMG Artists, LIFT, Business of Culture (consultancy), Motiroti, British Museum, Unicorn Theatre, Jerwood Space, London Fashion Week, Arts Council England and the British Film Institute.

The British Library said their placement student was "certainly one of the best interns we have ever had in our team. We are eternally grateful for the hard work and dedication she put into her work and for making her stay in our team a very pleasant one on all fronts. We were sad to see her go!"

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning is delivered through lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials, visits, workshops, verbal and written feedback, plus personal research from a wide range of resources.

You are able to apply your essay questions and academic work to the real world – and one that you know well. For example, in the marketing module, you can choose an organisation from your own country, conduct research and then write a marketing strategy, which could be practically implemented.


With 50% core and 50% elective modules, you can choose which specialisms you study from the first term onwards. This means you can design your own course and determine your direction right from the start. This flexibility offers our MA students the freedom to shape their future.

The MA is structured around a spine of four core modules taking place in the autumn and spring terms – culture, cultural policy, managing organisations and Introduction to research. The MA culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation (running through the spring and summer terms), which students complete by the end of August.

Core modules

  • Culture (15 credits)
  • Managing organisations (15 credits)
  • Cultural policy (15 credits)
  • Introduction to research (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Audiences and marketing (15 credits)
  • Digital cultures (15 credits)
  • Evaluation, politics and advocacy (15 credits)
  • Fundraising in and for the cultural sector (15 credits)
  • Global Cultural Industries, Ethics and Social Responsibility (15 credits)
  • Professional placement (15 credits)
  • Public culture: the politics of participation (15 credits)
  • Understanding financial accounts and entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Celebrity (Sociology) (15 credits)
  • Communication, culture and development (Sociology) (30 credits)
  • Popular music and society (Music) (15 credits)
  • International Organisations in Global Politics (International Politics) (15 credits)
  • Global Governance (15 credits)
  • Designing Interactive Media (15 credits)
  • Deputy Director
    Putting culture centre stage.
  • Consultant, Coach and Lecturer
    Studying for the MA at that early and critical stage in my career was a boom. It increased my employability and long-term career prospects.

Career prospects

MA Culture, Policy and Management graduates find employment across all sub-sectors and occupational areas of the creative and cultural sector (in the UK and across the world).

According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, previous graduates in employment six months after completing the course earn an average salary of £30,000.

In 2016, one of our graduates went on to work as Producer and Director @ City of London Festival.

From orchestras to the art market, and from marketing to management, 80% of our graduates are now employed in cultural roles. Here are just a few examples of our student destinations:

  • Barbican Centre (London)
  • UNESCO (Paris)
  • Ullens Contemporary Art Centre (Beijing)
  • Royal Opera House (London)
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza (South Korea)
  • National Art Gallery ‘Astana’ (Kazakhstan)
  • Culture Ministry (Turkey)
  • Qatar Museums Authority (Qatar)
  • Christian Dior (Paris)
  • Arts Streaming TV (London)
  • Arts Council of Singapore.
90% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Applications for 2017 are now open.

To apply you will need to provide a personal statement.

The admissions tutor would like to conduct an informal discussion with all applicants either in person or, for overseas students, via Skype. This will take place in most cases after a decision on the application has been made.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries
Department of Sociology
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB

Or email

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