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Arts Management (PGDip)

Course Description

This flexible Postgraduate Diploma is designed for existing arts managers who wish to develop their practice and understanding of the background, theories and principles of arts and cultural management, or for those who wish to pursue a career in arts management and who satisfy other entry criteria.

It explores the requirements and benefits of strategic management, balancing theory and practice within the context of the prevailing social, political, economic and technological environments. It focuses on public and voluntary sector arts organisations, but also addresses key commercial sector issues.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
Benefit from links with arts and cultural organisations, including an optional work placement.
Specialise according to your interest with a choice of specialist pathways.
Flexible study pattern with a mixture of evening and daytime study options.
We offer a range of resources and student support to help you while you're studying with us.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Art and Design at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Visit the Arts Management (PGDip) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Angela Ramsay

4099.jpg 'My husband and I founded a community music school, and although I had experience with music and working with young people, I hadn’t got any experience working with arts organisations. When it came to accessing funding and working in partnerships with local authorities I realised I was slightly out of my depth. I decided to study Arts Management to fill in all the gaps in my knowledge.

'I left school at 15 and didn’t have lots of qualifications, so it was a big step for me to go to university. Once I was there I found that there were a lot of people in a similar situation to me. Initially I lacked confidence but I was surprised at how much I knew and could contribute to seminar discussions, which helped my confidence. As I went on my marks got better and better as my confidence grew.

'Studying part-time was ideal as it didn’t impact the running of my organisation and meant that I had time to study and write my assignments.

'Two of my lecturers also ran Arts organisations and had years of experience. It was fantastic to learn from their experiences and they were great teachers. I was going into the classroom and learning and immediately afterwards I could implement what I had learnt - it was perfect for me.

'I was one of the few people on my course involved in community arts as opposed to the ‘higher arts’ such as galleries and theatre. It was quite an eye opener and introduced me to a whole new world. It was also great to share experiences with other students on the course.

'Doing the certificate has definitely helped me to develop my organisation. I have found that my improved writing skills have helped with my funding applications, so it has already made a difference to my business.

'The fact that I have a qualification is an amazing feeling. I feel that if I can do that, I can do more. I’m thinking about going on to do an undergraduate degree in music and arts management.

'Birkbeck has been a great experience, if you know you want to go back and study, or if you’ve never really studied before it’s a great way to gain those experiences, without having to give other areas of your life to do it.'


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have a good honours degree in an arts subject, or a good honours degree in any subject together with experience of administration/management in an arts/cultural organisation, or 3 years’ relevant experience, for example in a senior management role in an arts/cultural organisation. On the basis of prior learning and achievement, exemption may be possible for up to 50% of Year 1 elements of the programme. The requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Last Updated

07 August 2017

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 2650 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 5300 pa

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