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International Cultural Policy and Management - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

This course invites you to engage with the growing importance of culture in a range of policy contexts, preparing you for the diverse managerial challenges of careers in the cultural sector. Taking the international dimension of cultural policy and management as its starting point, the programme draws on experiences and examples from around the world and gives you the skills needed to anticipate future developments. You will engage with the practical realities of cultural and managerial practice and critically reflect on the real-world examples you encounter.

Investigating current issues, themes and developments in cultural policy will enable you to develop your research skills and you may also choose to undertake a placement with a cultural organisation of your choice.

Core Modules:

  • Major Project
  • Cultural Theory
  • International Cultural Policy

Optional Modules:
You will also complete three Optional Modules from a list available to all taught Masters students within Centre in order to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the Optional Modules available please visit the Centre’s website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

You will learn in an international environment through interaction with academic experts, guest speakers and industry practitioners. The core modules are taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and student-led presentations and discussions. These sessions are complemented by self-directed learning and access to resources and activities in a virtual learning environment. Depending upon your selection of Optional Modules you will also have the opportunity to apply your learning in a professional context.

The course is designed to facilitate participation and critical self-reflection. The course will enhance your research, writing and communication skills through guided and autonomous reading, group projects, presentations, case studies, reports, critiques and assignments that may require engagement with audio-visual technologies.

The course is assessed through coursework rather than formal examinations. Assessment strategies are designed to test the widest range of skills. Written assignments come in a variety of forms: essays, case studies, evaluations, reports, proposals, portfolios and business plans. These are complemented by group presentations and tasks, team building exercises, and practical projects. The culminating assessment of the Major Project represents a significant body of research and writing on a topic of your choice supervised by an experienced researcher.

Graduate Destinations:

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Galleries; Museums; Performing Arts companies; NGOs; World Heritage sites. Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Managerial roles; Policy Making and Research.

Work Experience Opportunities:

The Placement and Case Study Option Module offers the opportunity to conduct a placement within a cultural or policy-making organisation during the summer term. Our programme of guest speakers and careers support will give you insights into current practice and the many opportunities available to you.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

School of Theatre and Performance Studies

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.