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Cultural Policy & Arts Management

MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management is aimed at graduate students and experienced cultural sector practitioners seeking to acquire or enhance their skills to be effective managers and leaders in the arts and heritage fields. As of the academic year 2017/2018, this programme will offer a part-time pathway to completion.

-A dynamic learning environment in which a diverse group of fellow-students (from different countries and with different cultural and art form backgrounds) pursue their shared goal of being effective managers and thinkers in the cultural field

-Access to a wide range of top cultural sector managers in Ireland who contribute to the course as guest lecturers

-A rich mix of theoretical approaches to culture, combined with the practical skills to be an effective manager

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision and Values Statement
The programme aims to equip those wishing to pursue a career in the professional arts and cultural sector with the skills and competencies to be effective managers, and with the confidence and competency to lead and influence change in cultural policies at national and local levels. Our educational mission is to produce 'reflective practitioners': people capable of thinking deeply and philosophically about the role of the arts and culture in society, while acquiring a set of technical skills in the fields of management, marketing, research, finance, and law to perform effectively as managers and leaders in their field. Additionally, the strong vocational nature of the programme provides students with a realistic pathway towards employment, career, and further research opportunities in the cultural field. To this end, we continually adapt the programme in response to evolving policy and technological and professional changes in the field of cultural management, both domestically and internationally. Students will emerge from this programme with the strategic vision and leadership skills to ensure that the civic and societal value of the arts and heritage is widely appreciated, reflected in the mission of cultural institutions, and at the heart of government policies for culture.

Entry requirements

A primary degree at 2.1 level (Second Class Honours, Grade One) is normally required. However, all applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and relevant or extensive work experience will be taken into account.

Transcripts should accompany an application, including grades for each subject taken in the primary degree.

Some experience working in a cultural organisation in whatever capacity.

Name and contact details of two referees.

Admission is subject to interview either in person, by video skype, or telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The programme's emphasis on vocational skills, practitioner input, and networking (through work placements), provides those coming from arts and humanities backgrounds with the kind of genuinely transferable business skills that will enhance their employability. Graduates will have the capacity to negotiate, research and think strategically about policy issues, and to apply practical management skills (acquired primarily through modules in marketing, management, finance, law and strategic planning), in running arts or heritage organisations on both a strategic and day-to-day basis.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Elizabeth Varley
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8162

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Business 1 (Management)

Cultural Policy 1 (Ireland)

Research Methods/Seminar

Marketing in the Arts

Cultural Policy 2 (Comparative)


Cultural Policy 3 Arts Lives

Business 3 (Strategic Plan)

Work Experience

Law of Cult Pol&Arts Mgmt


Student Internships
A placement opportunity with an organisation or institution of your choice will allow you to build networks in your chosen field and to implement the skills and insights acquired on the course.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management FT (Z041)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management (Z041) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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