Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: Arts, Festival and Cultural Management (MA/Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert/Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip)

InstitutionQueen Margaret University, Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Web https://www.qmu.ac.uk/step-ahead/
Study type Taught


Within a rapidly changing domestic and international environment, the work of arts and cultural managers is becoming more complex and significant. The creative industries are growing rapidly and patterns of cultural work are changing. Cultural organisations and festivals are in a period of fundamental, pervasive and long-term change; managers must deal with a host of dramatic, often contradictory demands and challenges. This leads to a situation where there is a need for graduates with more holistic and integrated perspectives regarding the management of cultural organisations and the political, economic, social and environmental conditions in which they function. This course has been developed in response to this need and is rooted in a belief that great leaders in the acknowledging that approaches may need to be adapted to meet the particularities of cultural organisations and festivals. Through encouraging you to become critically reflective, the course will develop your knowledge of the contemporary issues affecting the management of arts organisations and festivals while equipping you with the practical management skills that are essential for developing a career in the field. Mindful of the need for students to develop vocational skills, a number of assignments are orientated towards developing the knowledge and skills required to become an effective practitioner in the field. In addition, students are encouraged to arrange and undertake practical experience within cultural organisations to complement their studies.

Sponsorship info

A small number of students may be part funded via the Student Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

4 course options

Qualification MA
Level SCQF Level 11
Entry requirements

A UK honours degree or equivalent OR significant work experience in cultural organisations or festivals.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.


Your performance on the course will be assessed by essays, reports, exams, presentations and a dissertation or project (MA only).


Modules: Critical issues in cultural management and policy; managing cultural projects and festivals; marketing cultural organisations and festivals; strategic management and finance; fundraising and development in cultural organisations and festivals; people management, governance and law; arts management in practice; understanding research; dissertation or project.

Location Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Queen Margaret University
EH21 6UU

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Email admissions@qmu.ac.uk
Telephone 0131 474 0000

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Email admissions@qmu.ac.uk
Telephone 0131 474 0000

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