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International Cultural Policy and Management (MA) (2022 Entry)

About this taught graduate course

Course overview

This course invites you to engage with the growing importance of culture, and of policymaking in the field of culture, in a range of contexts worldwide. You will engage with the practical realities of cultural and managerial practice and critically reflect on the real world examples you encounter. You will examine what culture is and how it can be and is used by national, international, and local governments to benefit states and support and regulate the arts, as well as to express power and control.

Investigating current issues, themes and developments such as cultural diplomacy and cultural democracy will expand your knowledge but also improve your ability to research. Your practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the realm of culture, policy, and management will enhance your CV, and you will be able to apply them in a multitude of workplace contexts in the cultural sector, in government, or as a freelancer. On completion, you will be ready for the world of work, research, or higher study.

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

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

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.

Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. However, we may ask applicants to write a short essay, attend an interview or respond to a set of questions.

Core modules

Major Project

The Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies is an interdisciplinary centre for teaching and research in the fields of cultural and media policy and the creative industries. The commitment to interdisciplinarity is reflected in our Major Projects, where you will be encouraged to draw on approaches from across the humanities and social sciences in producing your work. Successful projects can emerge from creative engagement with scholarly debates, from the design and analysis of original empirical work, or from some combination of these. This openness of approach is also reflected in how Major Project research can be represented.

Cultural Theory

The module will examine the historical development of the concepts and ideas that underpin the practices of the arts, culture and the creative and media industries and the ways in which these have contributed to shaping cultural policies in contemporary societies. By considering a broad range of writings, the course will examine ideas from the Renaissance, the European Enlightenment and the emergence of modernity that have proven influential in the process of institutionalizing state provision for culture and the arts that took place from the second half of the 18th century. Contemporary thinking and writing around the place of the arts and cultural industries in the world will also be explored.

International Cultural Policy

What is the relationship between Government, the subsidised cultural sector and the creative industries? What is the role of cultural policy with regard to creative, economic and social imperatives?

Through the consideration of a range of contemporary cultural policy issues, you will debate the function and limitations of cultural policy, specifically in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. You will also have the opportunity to examine the industrial framework within which cultural artefacts are produced, distributed and consumed. From examining the interaction between arts and business, and between the state and the cultural industries, to using a variety of methods to evaluate cultural policy in different contexts, you will broaden your understanding of the cultural policy landscape and develop valuable research skills.

Research Design

This module aims to prepare you for your Major Project, which is a substantial piece of independent research on a topic of your choice. The module will equip you with a broad understanding of relevant research methods from which to select an appropriate approach for your own project. It will introduce you to ethical dimensions of research. It will equip you to write an effective proposal (including research questions, rationale, explanation and justification of research methods, identifying relevant literature and data sources).

By the end of the module, you should be ready to submit your proposal and be equipped with a broad understanding of research methods in the cultural, creative and media industries field.

Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

  • Developing Audiences for Cultural Organisations
  • Managing Cultural Organisations
  • Marketing and Markets

All students will take a total of 3 option modules which also includes their course specific applied management module. The bespoke applied management module for this MA is Placement and Case Study. This module gives you the opportunity to apply your learning in practice- or industry-related contexts.

Read more about the MA in International Cultural Policy and Management on the Centre's website.


Learning alongside others from different cultures and with experiences in different cultural sectors, you will study the principles of cultural policy in theory and in practice. This will be illustrated with examples from all around the world, through reading materials, case studies, and your own chosen focus on sector, artform, and country.

You are able to select from a whole suite of optional modules, and work alongside students from all of our courses, to specialise in the topics that suit your interests and aspirations. You can hone these towards the world of work, and if you choose, can practice your management skills and sharpen your knowledge on a placement with a cultural organisation. All of this can be synthesised in a research project of your choice.

Class sizes

There are between 20 to 25 students on each of the four taught Master's courses.

Typical contact hours

Typical contact hours range between 6 to 10 hours each week for core teaching – this excludes additional tutorials, workshops, and research seminars.


  • All coursework
  • Written assignments come in a variety of forms: essays, case studies, evaluations, reports, proposals, portfolios and business plans
  • Group presentations and tasks, team building exercises, and creative and practical projects
  • A major project (written dissertation of 10,000 words) on a research topic of your choice

Reading lists

Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. Explore our Warwick Library web pages.

Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.

Your career

Graduates from the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies have gone on to work in television, film, communications, data analysis, theatre, museums, art galleries, events, festivals, UN agencies, NGOs, charities, arts and educational organisations, research, PR, publishing and have even set up their own businesses.

Our graduates have gone on to work for employers including: Acacia Avenue, Barclaycard, BBC, British Embassy, Bankside Films, The Economist, EMEA, Facebook, Fox Networks Group, Global Influencer, Google, The Academy of Urbanism, OVO, Penguin Random House and Sky.

We have a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Careers in Radio Film and Television
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • A history and DIY Guide to setting up and running a Theatre Company

Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies

We are internationally renowned for our excellence in the teaching and research in the policy, management, development, enterprise and industry of culture, media communication and creativity. Our approach is based on a critical engagement with both the practical realities of working in the cultural sector and the ideological and conceptual questions which lie behind them.

Find out more about us on our website.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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