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Arts Management & Cultural Policy Research

The following postgraduate research study routes are available:
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

Black Box MuralEntrance Requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission to a PhD/MPhil/MD is an upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent qualification recognised by the University. Further information on entrance requirements for PhD/MPhil/MD can be obtained by contacting the relevant School.


Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).


English Language Requirements

International students wishing to apply to Queen’s University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their programme of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5. *Taken within the last 2 yrs.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see

INTO at Queen's can provide tuition to help you meet the University's English Language Requirements, please see


Research Strategies

The School welcomes applications for research, which are underpinned by empirical and/or theoretical methodologies. We are also interested in action-research methods as well as those methods that are stakeholder engaged and participatory. We have a strong commitment to the development of interdisciplinary approaches that take account of culture, policy and management as historical and social processes.

Research Strengths

Researchers at the School are focused on the social, historical and political processes involved in making, managing, and developing policy for the arts and culture. In particular,

  • The design and delivery of cultural policy and the interpretation of these processes by arts managers and policy makers
  • The attachment of social policy areas to cultural policy
  • The social processes of cultural production within institutional settings
  • Access, participation and audience development in the arts
  • Reception of art and culture
  • The management and governance of cultural sectors and institutions
  • Social inclusion / exclusion and its relationship to the artistic practice and cultural institutions
  • Institutional, historical and social frameworks for the making and displaying of art and heritage
  • The impact of new technologies on arts management and cultural policymaking
  • The politics of cultural and creative work
  • Impact and evaluation
  • Sustainability and relevance of business models for arts management
  • Professional development of cultural practitioners (education and training).

Special Features

  • Based in the School of Art, we have the advantage of the networks, research possibilities and professionals associated with the Brian Friel Theatre, the Queen’s Film Centre, the Sonic Arts Research Centre and our strong connections with the Belfast Festival at Queens and the Naughton Gallery
  • The PhD programme is deeply connected to the arts and cultural sector. We have strong connections with the sector in Northern Ireland and the wider UK and the Republic of Ireland.

We are open to both theoretical and practice-based research projects



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