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.
Dr Ana Gaio, Programme Director
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.
We understand that many of you will have experience of subsequent professional practice. Special consideration is given to applications from mature students without the required formal qualifications and those wishing to make a career change.
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degre
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:
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.
Alumna Soraia Salvador talks about her time studying Culture, Policy and Management at City University London and what she is doing now.
The Professional work placement (elective) module gives you the opportunity to work in the cultural sector in order to practice skills acquired earlier in the programme. With guidance from the module leader, you draw up your objectives for the placement and identify potential placement hosts. This helps you find an appropriate host organisation which fulfils your aims.
You carry out a programme of work supervised by a host at the organisation. The majority of work placements are based in London and embrace all cultural forms. Past placement hosts have included, for example, the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, IMG Artists, LIFT, Business of Culture (consultancy), Motiroti, British Museum, Unicorn Theatre, Jerwood Space, London Fashion Week, The Philharmonia, Arts Council England, British Film Institute, Artichoke, Craft Central, Barbican, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Flow gallery, Vortex Jazz Club, Secret Cinema.
As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.
We offer a free language course for City University London students.
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.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15
Places are limited and we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible, as applications will close when the course is full.