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PhD Arts and Cultural Management

UK

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What will I learn?

Programme description

Our pioneering PhD Professional Practice: Arts and Cultural Management programme is ideal if you work in the arts and cultural management sector and want to undertake advanced research that builds on your professional knowledge and is based in or led by your practice.

The structure of the programme will enable you to develop your career while simultaneously undertaking a research project leading to a doctoral qualification.

This PhD is one of a suite of professional practice-focused doctorates overseen by the University's Institute for Cultural Practices and the department of Drama. It aims to engage experienced professionals in advanced research, and reflects the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector. Previous and current doctoral projects include: the history of heritage funding, audience development and the professionalisation of arts marketing in contemporary theatre, addressing the gender gap in contemporary music industries, the role of the arts manager in mediating participatory and socially engaged art works.

The programme takes explicit account of the professional practice-base of the candidate, integrating this as a central knowledge base for the research project, and supporting the development of dynamic knowledge outcomes that can have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts.

The programme supports 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 will introduce you to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on your professional practice.

You will be supported through a bi-annual residential programme in addition to standard supervisions that sustain the cohort for peer learning. The PhD is frequently undertaken part-time to provide time for engagement in professional practice.

Together with your fellow students, you will investigate the principles of reflective practice and practice-based research, and engage in research methods training and group learning about relevant areas of social and cultural theory. This pedagogical approach enables your professional context to become your primary research resource.

Teaching and learning

You will receive individual supervision from an academic supervisor with a specialism related to your field of research, as well as opportunities to develop reflective enquiry into practice via group-based learning exercises with other practitioners at two three-day meetings per year.

All teaching and supervision will be led by arts management staff. This approach to teaching and learning supports interdisciplinary research and high levels of engagement and interaction between academic knowledge, policy imperatives and practical applications.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to support people who are embarking on advanced research and who are combining doctoral study with a career, enabling you to build on your professional knowledge and practice.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£20,500.00 (US$ 25,220) per year
The fees quoted will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

A Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and A UK Master's degree with an overall average of 65% or higher, with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or its international equivalent) in a related subject. Any strong relevant professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis. Students whose first language is not English require one of the following: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component, or a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test, or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component, or an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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