Queen Margaret University

PgCert Arts Management

Queen Margaret University
Queen Margaret Drive
Musselburgh, Scotland EH21 6UU
United Kingdom



Dr. Anthony Schrag

Program Goals and Objectives

Students undertaking the block-taught PgCert complete three modules, each picked for their practical and immediate relevance to those working in a cultural organisation.

As part of your course you can opt to undertake evaluation of a live project you are involved in. You will produce a report that may help evidence impact and leverage future support for your work.

After completion of the block taught PgCert, students have the option to complete the remainder of the MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management course on a part-time basis the following year through completing three additional modules and a dissertation.


This course is intended to fit around existing work commitments. It is delivered on campus through twelve intensive study days spread over the course of a year. It is likely that students will be at QMU 9am-5pm on each day of attendance listed. You will also have independent study to undertake between each study day.

Each year these dates will change, but as an indication of the sorts of CPD study hours, we have included the dates for the 2018/19 term, the key dates (whole days of study) for the PgCert are as follows:

 Induction Days

  • Thurs 13th September
  • Friday 14th September

Leadership, Governance and Strategy (Not for Profit)

  • Friday 21st September
  • Friday 12th October
  • Friday 2nd November
  • Friday 23rd November

Fundraising, Development and Finance

  • Friday 18th January
  • Friday 8th February
  • Friday 1st March
  • Friday 22nd March
  • Plus an exam date TBC in late April early May

If you select the module Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects, you will attend on the dates below.

  • Friday 19th October
  • Friday 15th February

If you select the module Arts Management in Practice, you will attend on the dates below.

  • Friday 28th Sept (3 hours)
  • Friday 5th Oct (3 hours)
  • Plus various field trips throughout the year. These could be on various days and time and a calendar will be provided close to the start of each term.





Apply online at via the programme page: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate-study/2019-postgraduate-courses/ma-arts-festival-and-cultural-management/ 

Admission Requirements:

A UK honours degree or equivalent OR significant work experience in cultural organisations or 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 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

2019/20 Postgraduate Fees

International Part time £1705 per 20 credit module