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Arts Management & Cultural Policy - Research

Programme Overview
The School welcomes applications for research, which are underpinned by empirical and/or theoretical methodologies. We are also interested in action-research methods as well as those methods that are stakeholder engaged and participatory. We have a strong commitment to the development of interdisciplinary approaches that take account of culture, policy and management as historical and social processes.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:


Entrance Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

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 programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

English for University Study - 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


Mode Of Study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Victoria Durrer
School of Arts, English and Languages
Tel: 028 9097 3278


Special Features

•Based in the School of Creative Arts, we have the advantage of the networks, research possibilities and professionals associated with the Brian Friel Theatre, Queen's Film Theatre, the Sonic Arts Research Centre and our strong connection with the Naughton Gallery at Queen's.

•The PhD programme is deeply connected to the arts and cultural sector. We have strong connections with the sector in Northern Ireland and the wider UK and the Republic of Ireland.

•We are open to both theoretical and practice-based research projects.

Application date

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Research areas

Research Strengths

Researchers at the School are focused on the social, historical and political processes involved in making, managing, and developing policy for the arts and culture. This list is not exhaustive but shows the Schools interest in the social, historical and political processes involved in making, managing, and developing policy for the arts and culture.

•Access, participation and audience development in the arts

•Attachment of social policy areas to cultural policy

•Design and delivery of cultural policy and the interpretation of these processes by arts managers and policy makers

•Impact and evaluation

•Institutional, historical and social frameworks for the making and displaying of art and heritage ➢ Internationalisation and transnational exchange

•Issues of equality and diversity

•Politics of cultural and creative work

•Professional development of cultural practitioners (education and training)

•Reception of art and culture

•Social inclusion/exclusion and its relationship to the artistic practice and cultural institutions

•Social processes of cultural production within institutional settings The School is also interested in projects developed through interdisciplinary approaches and supervision teams:

•Impact of new technologies on arts management and cultural policymaking

•Management and governance of cultural sectors and institutions

•Sustainability and relevance of business models for arts management

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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