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International Cultural Policy and Management - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 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.

In addition, it gives you the skills needed to anticipate future developments. You’ll 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.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

  • Cultural Theory
  • International Cultural Policy

If you would like to view the core modules in greater detail, please visit this page.

The final part of this Masters course is this 'Major Project'. To view this in greater detail, please visit this page.

Optional Modules:

You will also complete three optional modules from a list available to all taught Masters students within the Centre.

Previously these modules have included:

  • Developing Audiences for Cultural Organisations
  • Managing Cultural Organisations
  • Sustainable Creativity for the Cultural Industries
  • The Global Audience
  • Understanding Cultural Work

If you would like to view the full list of optional modules, please visit this page.

As one of your three options, you may also choose an Applied Management Module. These give you the opportunity to apply your learning in situ or in practice related contexts.

* 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 Option 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.

Contact Hours:

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

Class Sizes:

There are between 25 - 30 students on each of the four taught Master's courses.


  • 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
  • Major Project represents a significant body of research and writing on a topic of your choice supervised by an experienced researcher

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • International Co-ordinator
  • Business Development Manager
  • Researcher

As a department, we don't have any scheduled events. However, we are happy to receive emails from potential applicants or visitors to arrange a customised visit, where you can meet the appropriate course director and chat with current students.

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

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.

Department of Study

School of Theatre and Performance Studies

Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

See Student Finance


In 2017/18, we allocated approximately £36 million in scholarship funding to postgraduate students. The University is also part of a number of prestigious government Scholarship schemes, including Chevening, Fulbright,
Commonwealth and Marshall. For more information click here.

Additional Course Costs

For all MA courses, the cost of two bound copies of the major project will amount to £25 and field trips or off-campus assignments are estimated to cost between £100-£200, although this will depend on which option module has been chosen or the nature of a project or placement undertaken for an applied management module.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.