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PhD Arts Management and Cultural Policy
Expert research supervision by experts at our Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy.

PhD Arts Management and Cultural Policy / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
36 months [Full-time], 72 months [Part-time]
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply
 For details of how to apply, go to: Applying for a postgraduate programme

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme description

The University of Manchester offers a PhD in Arts and Cultural Management. The Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy (CAMP) was launched in 2009, with the aim of providing an axis for engagement, collaboration and partnership between arts and cultural management professionals, sector organisations and higher education through its teaching and research programmes. The Centre works closely with Manchester-based, regional and national cultural partners and bodies and is developing partnerships overseas. Research supervision interests in the Centre include: popular music, cultural policy and regeneration; the role of research in the arts management practice; the relationships between higher education and the creative economy, cultural mapping and planning methodologies; engagement and participation evaluation frameworks; and modes of interaction in performative cultural practices.

Supervising staff

Dr Abigail Gilmore - works on research, consultancy, knowledge exchange and public engagement with arts and cultural communities. Her main research focus is on relationships between cultural participation and place-making, and the use of research and evidence in cultural policy and local cultural strategies. She also works on partnerships and collaborative work between higher education institutions and the creative economy. Her PhD was in popular music and urban cultural policy.

Dr Simon Parry - Simon's research interests include: applied theatre with a focus on drama and theatre in education, drama within the context of public engagement with research, contemporary science in performance, and approaches to arts evaluation. He is currently working with colleagues at the University of Derby and Isinglass Consultancy in researching Y Touring Theatre Company's Theatre of Debate programme which aims to stimulate debate amongst young people about ethical issues raised by scientific research using a combination of theatre and digital media. This project is part of a wider investigation into the role of theatre and performance in mediating public engagement with contemporary scientific research which was initiated in the Creative Encounters programme documented in a book published by the Wellcome Trust.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course 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 project.


The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.

Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Rachel Corbishley
+44 (0)161 275 3559
Academic department overview

See: About us

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