Arts Management


Our aim is to provide MA Arts Management students with:

- Advanced understanding of the subject of Arts Management

- Advanced knowledge and understanding of the most up-to-date theories and discourses in Arts Management and how these are influencing practice

- Knowledge of international trends in cultural policy and how they are affecting, and affected by, the practice of Arts Management

- Essential practical skills relating to Arts Management, particularly strategic planning, financial management, business planning and engaging audiences

- A sophisticated level of critical and divergent thinking and expression

- Skills appropriate to self-directed study and independent research

- Awareness of different research methodologies and their application to the work of arts managers

- Further developed wider intellectual and transferable skills, consistent with creative thought and independent learning.

Arts Management highlights

Industry Links

•We connect directly with a range of theatre companies, festivals, venues, local and central government bodies and arts development agencies to ensure that students are meeting, hearing from, and working with, professionals and policymakers.

World Class Facilities

•Queen's offers students access to state of the art facilities: from the film studio, the Queen's Film Theatre, the Brian Friel Theatre, the Sonic Arts Research Centre and the Naughton Gallery.

Student Experience

•Belfast and Northern Ireland are home to arts organisations leading in areas of community engagement. Lecturers work closely with students to ensure that their involvement with the modules and assessments on the Programme connect directly with their personal learning needs. We provide a welcoming environment for both local and international students. Students are supported and encouraged to socialise and attend local arts events together. We take intercultural education very seriously on the MA in Arts Management and believe that students on the MA can learn from one another as well as from their tutors and lecturers on the course. Students have a unique opportunity to meet and work with artists studying on other MA pathways in the School.

Course Details

This MA is suitable for a range of participants; early and mid-career arts managers, who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, will find this degree invaluable. While there is a focus on the publicly subsidised arts sector, the MA does serve as a strong and valuable route for graduates who are interested in creating their own cultural ventures for self-employment.

The majority of students will take on an independent research project during the course.

Learning and Teaching

Module sessions will involve a mixture of lectures, discussion and team-based work as well as meetings with professional arts managers, artists and cultural policymakers.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements


Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Arts, Humanities, Management, Social Sciences or a cognate discipline.

A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may be considered if an applicant can demonstrate relevant work experience as an artist or in the field of arts administration. Exceptionally, applicants who do not hold a 2.2 Honours degree and who possess relevant experience may be permitted the opportunity to demonstrate achievement at an equivalent level, for example, this could be in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Teaching Times

Tuesday and Thursday 5-7pm. Additional training classes take place on certain Wednesday afternoons 5-7pm with occasional full day sessions (approx. 5 per year maximum for full time).

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects


This MA in Arts Management will be of benefit for careers within the arts sector, in academia and in areas of public policy. It will also provide a strong foundation for individuals looking to start their own cultural initiatives.

Employment after the Course

Former students have gone on to work for theatre companies and venues, industry development agencies, local government arts offices, and to establish or further develop their own independent companies as well as to develop PhD studies in Northern Ireland and abroad.

Further enquiries

Dr Victoria Durrer 

Lecturer in Arts Management & Cultural Policy



Subjects taught

Core Modules

The MA consists of the following core modules and a double Dissertation and Work Placement module:

Audiences for the Arts

Cultural Policy: Its Relationship to Arts Management

Managing the Arts I: Thinking Strategically

Managing the Arts II: Planning for the Arts

Research Dissertation

Work Placement

Training Modules

Training modules in research and practice cover a number of the following areas:

Work Placement

Engagement with Social Media

Advocacy and Lobbying

Practical Management Skills

Assessment method


Practical assignments



Application date

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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