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Arts and Cultural Management Professional Doctorate

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Programme description

The programme introduces practitioners to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice. The programme will be taught within a learning environment and methodology informed by the principles of reflective practice, action or practice-based research and enquiry based learning. This pedagogical approach enables students' professional context to become a primary research resource.


It is envisaged that this programme will be most appealing as part-time study. However, a full-time option is included as there may be applicants with special circumstances that would make full-time study a viable option.

Teaching and learning

After completion of the first 12 months of study each student will be assigned a `professional mentor'. The professional mentor will be a reputable, competent and experienced professional in a field related to the candidate's practice-based research. The professional mentor will be selected by programme staff in liaison with the student.

Coursework and assessment

Year 1: literature review and research essay (12,000 words in total)

Year 2: conference paper and publishable article (6-8000 words)

Year 3: research proposal and portfolio of reflective practice (12,000 words in total)

Year 4-6: individual targets appropriate to the completion of the thesis research

Year 6: thesis of 40-45,000 words or practical outcome accompanied by 20-45,000 word dissertation.  

The programme is structured on the basis that the most suitable pathway is the part-time route. However, there is a negotiable full-time route in special cases (which may be more desirable, for example, for students who have accessed funding to support an extended break from the profession, or for retired professionals). Full-time students will have 12 individual supervisions per year, twice-yearly `research panels¿ and access to additional support at residential long weekends to ensure that they can meet key milestone.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: