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    1. 2016
    2. 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 2016

Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time, or over a maximum of four years by arrangement. You can also take individual modules for continuing professional development.

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,500

Part-time: £5,200 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,500

Part-time: £8,250 per year

Application period

Until Places are limited and we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible, as applications will close when the course is full.

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.”

Dr Ana Gaio, Programme Director

Objectives

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 policy and have some relevant experience - this could be as a volunteer.

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.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

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

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 and 6.5 in the other sub-categories).
  • 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.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information.

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

You can apply either in hard copy by post or online. Please follow the instructions below carefully.

  1. One application form
  2. Degree certificate and transcript (translated into English where necessary)
  3. Evidence of English proficiency, if English is not your first language.

Admissions criteria

The MA Programme attracts a very high number and standard of applications. To ensure that you have the best opportunity to gain a place please ensure that you apply as early as possible. When making an application you should note the following:

  • Each application is carefully assessed against the entry requirements and so it is important that you include all the required information with your application (for example, degree certificates, certificates of language proficiency levels etc). The processing of your application may be delayed if you do not include these.
  • As a part of your application you are asked to provide a personal statement. It is important that you use this opportunity to demonstrate clearly why you wish to undertake the MA in Culture, Policy and Management at City University and, importantly, that you have an understanding of the Cultural sector of your own country.
  • Our expectation is that all applicants will have a passion for the arts, and to provide details of their experience in the arts either as a performer, audience member, or organizer.
  • Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Interviews

Please note that on occasion we will arrange to interview an applicant either in person, or for overseas students, via Skype. The interview would be led by an academic member of staff and the purpose of the interview is to provide you with an opportunity to discuss your application in further detail and for the tutor to obtain further clarification or information. Those wishing to undertake the Placement or Leadership Mode should note that it is our policy to interview all candidates.

Application forms

Apply online:

Return address

Please return all application material, marked "Applications 2016", to:

Admissions
Cultural Policy and Management
City University
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
UK

1974
this pioneering programme is now in its 43rd year
3000+
alumni including key figures such as Pim Baxter, Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery
12
elective modules to choose from

Funding

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

More about funding

Take a look potential sources of funding for postgraduate study.

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.

Scholarships

Alumni views

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

Placements

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.

Past placement hosts said the following:

  • The Theatre Royal Stratford East said of the placement student: "Her background in terms of her course was incredibly valuable when thinking about how an engagement project like Open Stage would work, and could relate the aims of the project to cultural policy."
  • The Akram Khan Company said the placement student "has been so helpful and initiated such important projects for us, such as a sponsorship leaflet and the renewal of our website, that we have decided to employ her until October 2010 to give her time to see these projects through."
  • The Poetry Society said the CPM student "really got us to think about the way in which we plan and manage projects, encouraging us to take a step back from what we are doing and take more time with our planning. We also talked a great deal about the overall vision of the Poetry Society and about ways in which we can convey this to the public. It has been incredibly helpful having her here."
  • 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!"

Study abroad

If you are a national of an European Economic Area member state or associated country you can choose to spend three months of the course studying culture, policy and management at one of our partner universities:

  • Arhus University, Arhus, Denmark
  • Hochschule fur Musik, Hamburg, Germany
  • Groningen University, Netherlands
  • University of Barcelona, Spain

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience and compare the cultural life and culture, policy and management issues of a second country, enabling you to establish European links that can offer you social and professional advantages in future years. All the students who have taken part in this scheme have reported on the value of the experience. They have made friends, have studied a different subject or the same subject from a different perspective, or have undertaken research for their course work at City. Above all, they have gained an alternative perspective, an enlarged set of contacts and a better knowledge of working across borders and boundaries. Many eventually work with funding agencies, with international agencies, with the British Council or with arts organisations that want to develop international links.

Funds from the European Union's SOCRATES scheme are available to assist with the additional costs of study in another country, and City University London's Centre for Language Studies provides short courses in some European languages to help prepare you for your time away.

If you would like to spend your three months studying in a different country or at a different institution to those listed above, we have an extensive network of partners in countries as diverse as the US and Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and western Russia. These partners are outside the SOCRATES/ERASMUS scheme and are not part of a funded programme, but provide the opportunity for you to experience exactly the country or course of your choice.

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 London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

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

Modules

The MA in Culture, Policy and Management begins with three core modules during the autumn term. You will then choose four electives to study during the spring term. The MA culminates with a 15,000 word dissertation (spring and summer terms) handed in by the end of August.

The curriculum is supported by an advisory group that includes senior figures from Arts Council England, the Barbican, the Independent Theatre Council, the Museums Association, Shakespeare's Globe and the V&A.

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)
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    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

City's Culture, Policy and Management MA graduates find employment across all sub-sectors and occupational areas of the creative and cultural sector (UK and international), from orchestras to the art market, from film to event management, museums, fashion or consultancy; and from marketing to policy, management, outreach/education, production or fundraising.

Recent graduates went on to work in

  • 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

Over the years many of City's Culture, Policy and Management graduates have gone on to create and run cultural management courses in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, New York and the UK. You will be encouraged to form networks amongst your peers at City University London, which will support you throughout your career.

More information on careers support is available on our Career and Skills Development Service web pages.

90% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Application Deadline

Places are limited and we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible, as applications will close when the course is full.


You can apply either in hard copy by post or online. Please follow the instructions below carefully.

  1. One application form
  2. Degree certificate and transcript (translated into English where necessary)
  3. Evidence of English proficiency, if English is not your first language.

Admissions criteria

The MA Programme attracts a very high number and standard of applications. To ensure that you have the best opportunity to gain a place please ensure that you apply as early as possible. When making an application you should note the following:

  • Each application is carefully assessed against the entry requirements and so it is important that you include all the required information with your application (for example, degree certificates, certificates of language proficiency levels etc). The processing of your application may be delayed if you do not include these.
  • As a part of your application you are asked to provide a personal statement. It is important that you use this opportunity to demonstrate clearly why you wish to undertake the MA in Culture, Policy and Management at City University and, importantly, that you have an understanding of the Cultural sector of your own country.
  • Our expectation is that all applicants will have a passion for the arts, and to provide details of their experience in the arts either as a performer, audience member, or organizer.
  • Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Interviews

Please note that on occasion we will arrange to interview an applicant either in person, or for overseas students, via Skype. The interview would be led by an academic member of staff and the purpose of the interview is to provide you with an opportunity to discuss your application in further detail and for the tutor to obtain further clarification or information. Those wishing to undertake the Placement or Leadership Mode should note that it is our policy to interview all candidates.

Application forms

Apply online:

Return address

Please return all application material, marked "Applications 2016", to:

Admissions
Cultural Policy and Management
City University
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
UK

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