Taught course

Arts, Festival and Cultural Management

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Production and Cultural Management

Entry requirements

A UK honours degree or equivalent OR significant work experience in cultural organisations and festivals. International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Within a rapidly changing domestic and international environment, the work of arts and cultural managers is becoming more complex and significant. The creative industries are growing rapidly and patterns of cultural work are changing. Cultural organisations and festivals are in a period of fundamental, pervasive and long-term change; managers must deal with a host of dramatic, often contradictory, demands and challenges. This leads to a situation where there is a need for graduates with more holistic and integrated perspectives regarding the management of cultural organisations and the political, economic, social and environmental conditions in which they function. This course has been developed in response to this need and is rooted in a belief that great leaders in the cultural sector will recognise the value of effective management while acknowledging that approaches may need to be adapted to meet the particularities of cultural organisations and festivals. Through encouraging you to become critically reflective, the course will develop your knowledge of the contemporary issues affecting the management of arts organisations and festivals while equipping you with the practical management skills that are essential for developing a career in the field. Balancing theory and practice along with opportunities to gain credit for practical experience within cultural organisations, this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become an effective practitioner in the field.

The programmes on offer are designed as conversion qualifications and we welcome applicants from non-business related subjects. It is suitable for both graduates who wish to provide a vocational management emphasis to their first degree and those with equivalent professional qualifications or experience. It is likely to be of interest to those who studied the arts and humanities at undergraduate level or those with significant workplace experience who would like to gain a formal qualification in a flexible manner.

Information for international students

If you do not hold a recent, acceptable English language qualification you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Home - full-time: £5,500
Home - part-time: £550 per 15 credit module

Home - part-time, dissertation: £1,100

International - full-time: £12,000

International - part-time: £1,280 per 15 credit module

International - part-time dissertation: £2,560

Funding Information for International Students:
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Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-84 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-84 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-84 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (15000 words)

Course contact details

David Stevenson
+44 (0) 131 474 0000