Research course

Arts Management & Cultural Policy

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Humanities

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on approved fieldwork/a formal placement or are on a period of Submission pending. This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or School. Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s). The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Manchester offers a PhD in Arts and Cultural Management. The Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy (CAMP) was launched in 2009, with the aim of providing an axis for engagement, collaboration and partnership between arts and cultural management professionals, sector organisations and higher education through its teaching and research programmes. The Centre works closely with Manchester-based, regional and national cultural partners and bodies and is developing partnerships overseas. Research supervision interests in the Centre include: popular music, cultural policy and regeneration; the role of research in the arts management practice; the relationships between higher education and the creative economy, cultural mapping and planning methodologies; engagement and participation evaluation frameworks; and modes of interaction in performative cultural practices.

Supervising staff

Dr Abigail Gilmore - works on research, consultancy, knowledge exchange and public engagement with arts and cultural communities. Her main research focus is on relationships between cultural participation and place-making, and the use of research and evidence in cultural policy and local cultural strategies. She also works on partnerships and collaborative work between higher education institutions and the creative economy. Her PhD was in popular music and urban cultural policy.

Dr Simon Parry - Simon's research interests include: applied theatre with a focus on drama and theatre in education, drama within the context of public engagement with research, contemporary science in performance, and approaches to arts evaluation. He is currently working with colleagues at the University of Derby and Isinglass Consultancy in researching Y Touring Theatre Company's Theatre of Debate programme which aims to stimulate debate amongst young people about ethical issues raised by scientific research using a combination of theatre and digital media. This project is part of a wider investigation into the role of theatre and performance in mediating public engagement with contemporary scientific research which was initiated in the Creative Encounters programme documented in a book published by the Wellcome Trust.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require:

an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component


a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test


a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component


an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.

Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559