MA Arts Management, Policy and Practice
Year of entry: 2020
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- Combine key knowledge and skills in arts management and cultural policy with specialist options.
- Benefit from more than 50 active partnerships with arts and cultural organisations, offering opportunities for practice-based research, expert teaching and placements.
- Join our growing international network of current and future arts leaders, made up of alumni museum professionals and arts managers and current students from all over the world.
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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
International students (per annum): £19,000
UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the School's funding page where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
See also the University's postgraduate funding database to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.
For University of Manchester graduates, the Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.
The Manchester Master's Bursary is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.Postgraduate 1+3 funding is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (3 years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available here:
Courses in related subject areas
Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.
- Institute for Cultural Practices
- English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing
Academic entry qualification overview
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent in a humanities-based subject area.
An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.
If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our English language requirements to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.
English language test validity
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
You should include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.
If your academic background is not directly related to the programme, you should supply an academic-standard writing sample on a subject related to the programme.
If English is not your native language, then you should provide an academic-standard writing sample in English directly related to the subject.
For more advice on the application process, please visit our Applying page.
How your application is considered
Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application. Once we have an application that is ready for a decision, the admissions tutor (often the Programme Director) will relay the decision to the admissions team, who will send you this decision.
Please note that your application is usually received by the School 24 to 48 hours after the time you submit it. If you have not provided documentation that allows the admissions tutor to make a decision, we will contact you.
Overseas (non-UK) applicants
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries that equate to a UK 2.1. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .
If English is not your first language, please provide us with evidence of:
- an overall grade 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS; or
- 100+ in the IBT Internet-based TOEFL).
The other language tests we accept can be found here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/new-approved-english-tests.pdf
Exceptions to needing a language test (if English is NOT your first language) are:
if you have successfully completed an academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC as equivalent to at least a UK Bachelors Degree or higher from one of the following countries:
Antigua & Barbuda; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; UK; USA.
PLEASE NOTE: ADMISSION FOR 2019 ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED.
The MA Heritage Studies is still accepting applications.
Our interdisciplinary MA Arts Management, Policy and Practice course covers the wide range of expertise associated with running arts organisations and coordinating arts and cultural programmes and events, as well as the strategic development of art forms, cultural leadership practices and local cultural management.
You will draw on broad literatures and sources, covering areas from the creative arts, drama, music, art history, critical theory and cultural economics, to business studies, organisational studies and critical cultural policy studies.
This course brings together theory and practice in diverse areas including:
- production and programming
- strategic management and leadership
- finance and resource development
- audience development
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and practice of arts management to gain an insight into the range of professional opportunities in the creative and cultural sector, and to acquire direct experience of many areas of arts management.
You will benefit from a strong practical, hands-on element while also receiving a solid theoretical grounding that explores cultural policy in its historical context and encourages critical engagement with the philosophical, political, social and economic imperatives informing contemporary practice.
This course is an entry-level qualification for graduates, as well as offering professional development for mid-career practitioners. It offers flexibility and opportunities for specialisation, while ensuring a thorough grounding in essential principles and methodology.
It provides a solid foundation for careers in different areas of the arts and creative industries, and caters for arts practitioners, as well as aspiring managers.
Culture in Manchester
You will study close to leading arts venues such as the Martin Harris Centre, which has a concert hall and theatre and is home to the Tipp Centre (Theatre in Prisons and Probation), the Centre for Screen Studies, the Centre for Applied Theatre Research, Manchester Theatre in Sound (MANTIS), the Manchester Centre for Music in Culture (MC2), and the NOVARS Research Centre for Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound-Art.
Other cultural organisations - Manchester Academy, Contact Theatre, Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery - are also based on campus.
Manchester is also home to the biennial Manchester International Festival, the Manchester Contemporary Art Fair and a host of other festivals.
Manchester and the wider north-west are celebrated for containing more theatres than any other region outside London and hosting the BBC at Salford Quays. Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield are all within easy reach.
Links with other subjects and industry
We work particularly closely with staff from the University's Music and Drama departments. A wide range of regional arts venues and organisations contribute to the course by providing guest lecturers, site visits and work placements.
Teaching and learning
You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, depending on the units you take. These may include lectures, seminars, workshops and group work.
All units include a programme of guest lectures and/or practical seminars by experienced professionals based in cultural institutions in and around Manchester.
The course also features visits to a selection of key sites and venues in the north-west.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed through a variety of methods, depending on the units you take. These may include written assignments such as essays and policy analyses, and individual or group oral presentations.
Course unit details
You will undertake units totalling 180 credits. Core and optional units combine to make 120 credits, with the remaining 60 credits allocated to the dissertation.
All students take two core units (Arts Management: Principles and Practice, and Cultural Policy) and write a dissertation (15,000 words, or for a practice-based dissertation 8,000-10,000 words plus project documentation).
The remaining credits (two or three additional units) are taken from a range of options. Subject to availability, units may also be selected from the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies or from other arts, languages and cultures courses.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Arts Management Principles and Practice||SALC60011||30||Mandatory|
|Heritage, Museums & Conflict||CAHE60462||15||Optional|
|Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking in the Arts & Humanities||HIST61132||30||Optional|
|Business Strategies for the Arts||SALC60072||30||Optional|
|Intangible Cultural Heritage||SALC60302||15||Optional|
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You will benefit from our extensive library and study facilities for master's students , as well as a wide range of cultural assets.
These include the Whitworth, which is home to world-famous collections, including masterpieces by Durer, Turner, Blake, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Picasso, and is used extensively in teaching and learning.
Manchester Museum houses one of the UK's most important collections, including artefacts of particular relevance to ancient historians.
Students also have special access to our collection at Tabley House, Knutsford. It includes decorative arts, furniture, textiles, costume and an extensive library - all dating back to the 18th century.
Find out more about our facilities .
As well as going into further research, our postgraduates pursue successful careers as managers, administrators, policy-makers or practitioners in various branches of the arts, cultural and creative industries.
Opportunities exist in:
- the public, private, and voluntary sectors;
- theatres, opera houses, concert halls, arts centres, museums and galleries;
- the media;
- orchestras, theatre companies and dance companies;
- the Arts Council, British Council, local authorities, tourist boards and various funding bodies.
Examples of specific roles include programming manager, marketing director, education director, development or outreach officer, tour organiser, agent or artist's manager, consultant or market researcher, and freelance workshop leader.
Find out more about careers and employability .