PhD in Arts Management & Cultural Policy Research
The following postgraduate research study routes are available:
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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 as well as international connections.
- Intersections of public policy, cultural policy, management and creative practice
- Issues of equality and diversity in cultural policy, cultural management and cultural production
- Studies engaging with cultural labour and the role of the artist in multiple artforms
- Investigations in arts and cultural leadership, management and entrepreneurship, particularly in intersections with nonprofit, social enterprise and creative industries research
- The design and delivery of cultural policy and the interpretation of these processes by arts managers and policy makers
- Investigations in ethics, sustainability, governance and decision-making broadly in the arts and cultural/creative industries
- The impact of new technologies on arts management and cultural policymaking
- Considerations of impact, value and evidence in cultural policy and arts management
- Access, participation and audience development in the arts
We are particularly happy to receive proposals that engage in or are developed through interdisciplinary approaches.
We are open to both theoretical and practice-based research projects.
- A brief CV (1-2 pages maximum)
- A research proposal (3 – 4 pages maximum, 1.5 spacing)
The proposal should summarise the field you wish to contribute to, the gap you will address and how you propose to carry out the research. For consideration, we would expect to see a clear statement of the research question; a summary of relevant literature and identification of the research gap; the proposed methodology and its appropriateness; a proposed chapter outline of the thesis; proposed start date and a timetable of key milestones showing how you will complete your research within 3 – 4 years (6 – 8 years for parttime students). Finally, a concluding statement should show how your proposal aligns to Queen’s, the School and Subject area’s research interests, and the interests of your prospective supervisors.
You may be asked to revise this proposal as it is considered by potential supervisors so please allow 3 – 6 months between sending your proposal and being ready to submit your application.
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).
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