Research course

Arts and Cultural Management Professional Doctorate

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in a related subject (e.g. arts management, arts practice, cultural policy, marketing, administration, public affairs) or a Bachelors degree (First or Upper Second Class Honours). All candidates without a Masters degree will undergo additional research training prior to or in the first year of study. Applicants must also evidence a competent level of professional expertise in a context relevant to the specific area of proposed research.

Months of entry


Course content

Professional doctorates take explicit account of the professional practice-base of the candidate and integrate this as a central knowledge base for an advanced research project. Professional doctorates reflect the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector. The programme aims to develop dynamic and interactive knowledge practices and outcomes that will have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts. It will support the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex, unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which practitioners operate.

The programme introduces practitioners to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice. The programme will be taught within a learning environment and methodology informed by the principles of reflective practice, action or practice-based research and enquiry based learning. This pedagogical approach enables students' professional context to become a primary research resource.

It is envisaged that this programme will be most appealing as part-time study. However, a full-time option is included as there may be applicants with special circumstances that would make full-time study a viable option.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 0161 275 3559