Taught course

Arts and Cultural Leadership

University of Southampton · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree, or equivalent qualification, in one of the following disciplines:

Arts and Humanities

  • arts
  • communication
  • design
  • film
  • humanities
  • media

Social Sciences

  • education
  • human geography
  • politics
  • sociology

Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.

Months of entry


Course content

You will examine international perspectives on arts and cultural management and leadership to explore ethical decision-making, governance, organisations and roles, marketing, fundraising, technologies, audiences, project management and evaluation. Issues of sustainability, equity and belonging, and social justice are embedded throughout the exploration of these topics.
The course ensures a balance of collaborating with external partners and working independently to pursue questions relevant for your research and career specialisms.
As part of your Master's degree you can:
  • Co-design a project with members from a dedicated partnership network
  • Engage with researchers who are leading projects and publishing in a range of arts and cultural sector specialisms
  • Take part in study visits to explore how arts and cultural leadership management issues and practices are engaged with in different contexts
  • Join a vibrant and creative art school environment where you will have access to digital resources to develop academic and industry skills
  • Engage with a diverse network of partners to understand and shape the role of arts and culture in society.

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum: Overall 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in each component.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44(0)23 8059 5000