Courses
  1. Undergraduate
  2. Postgraduate
  3. Research Degrees
  4. CPD
  5. Short Courses
  1. Culture, Policy and Management
  2. 2018
Courses

MA Culture, Policy and Management

|
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 2018

Duration

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

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,500

Part-time: £4,750 per year

Non-EU

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

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 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.

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

The application process is now open.

Apply for MA Culture, Policy and Management (full-time)

Apply for MA Culture, Policy and Management (part-time)

If you require assistance regarding your application or have any queries then please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0249, +44 (0)20 7040 3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

You will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
  • Personal statement of up to 500 words on your academic and/or relevant professional experience to date and how it informs your intentions to undertake this course. In addition, you may wish to outline your vision for how the degree will feed into your research or professional career.

The admissions tutor may request academic references at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

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
15
elective modules to choose from

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Funding

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

Take a look at 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

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

Student views

Hye-Young completed City’s MA Culture, Policy and Management course. Through the course she did a work placement at the National Gallery and upon graduation with the help of City Launch Lab for entrepreneurs, she now works as a freelance Art buyer.

Placements

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.

Find out how to apply

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.

Modules

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)
  • Fundraising in and for the cultural sector (15 credits)
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Cultural Industries’ (15 credits)
  • Professional placement (15 credits)
  • Public culture: diversity, equality and activism in the cultural sector’ (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)
  • Designing Interactive Media (15 credits)
  • Globalisation and Identity: Culture, Race and Difference (15 credits)
  • Creative Cities (15 credits)
  • Mediating Gender and Sexuality(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.
  • Academic expert
    Jody is the Co-Founder of The Backscratchers - a start-up that connects companies with handpicked freelance talent or agencies for projects
  • Academic expert
    Programme Director MA Culture, Policy and Management working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Cultural Economy working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Reader working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

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 £24,000.

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.
82.4% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

The application process is now open.

Apply for MA Culture, Policy and Management (full-time)

Apply for MA Culture, Policy and Management (part-time)

If you require assistance regarding your application or have any queries then please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0249, +44 (0)20 7040 3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

You will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
  • Personal statement of up to 500 words on your academic and/or relevant professional experience to date and how it informs your intentions to undertake this course. In addition, you may wish to outline your vision for how the degree will feed into your research or professional career.

The admissions tutor may request academic references at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Contact details

Request a prospectus

Find out more about City and all our postgraduate degree programmes.

Get your prospectus