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TH974 - Managing Cultural Organisations

  • Module code: TH974
  • Module name: Managing Cultural Organisations
  • Department: School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed for students who are interested in pursuing positions as senior managers of cultural organisations. Throughout the module you will deepen your understanding of strategic planning and management and develop your professional skills with practical reference to cultural organisations. This will include an in depth consideration of management theory and practice including the vision, organisational structure, day-to -day operation, financial management, and governance of cultural organisations. Your learning will lead to the production of a realistic business plan for a new or existing organisation or cultural project.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will understand management structures and roles prevalent in cultural organisations and the role of governance. The will recognize the purpose and audience of a business plan, the principles of how to resource a business plan and compile a budget and evaluate the relative importance of the various sources of income for cultural organisations. They will be skilling in presenting material in written reports using appropriate professional language, working collaboratively with others in presentations and producing a business plan of their own.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures, Seminars and tutorials.

Departmental link

Other essential notes

Centre for Cultural Policy Studies module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: TH974-20)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 70%
Assessed Course Work 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Creative and Media Enterprises (W4P4) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Global Media and Communication (W4PG) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Cultural Policy and Management (W4PM) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Arts, Enterprise and Development (W4PQ) - Year 2