This programme builds on London’s position as one of the most important musical centres in the world, with a diverse range of concert halls, theatres, cultural institutions and arts events that reflect its cosmopolitan and multicultural society.

Although professional management practice is a major element of the programme, the ‘creative arts event’ is the starting point for all teaching.

A music pathway has been added to the MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, which is run by the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths.

Instead of specialist theatre modules you take one 30 credit module from the MA Music or MMus programmes, and your dissertation/placement/business-plan will be directed towards musical organisations.

The MA introduces the key issues that concern the management of culture and in particular those within the performing arts.

Through both analysis of contemporary and recent practice, and practical work in a range of areas, you will develop a critical approach to the discipline.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Modules within ICCE

  • Cultural Policy and Practice 30 credits
  • Introduction to Audience Development n/a
  • Introduction to Fundraising n/a
  • Seminar Series & Guest Speakers n/a
  • The Management and Professional Practice 1: Work Placement 30 credits
  • Management and Professional Practice 2: Business Planning for Arts Organisations 30 credits
  • MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy: Dissertation 60 credits

Music Pathway option modules

  • Contemporary Ethnomusicology 30 credits
  • Critical Musicology and Popular Music 30 credits
  • Material, Form and Structure 30 credits
  • New Directions in Popular Music Research 30 credits
  • Philosophies of Music 30 credits
  • Popular Music: Listening, Analysis and Interpretation 30 credits
  • Music Management 30 credits
  • Sound Agendas 30 credits
  • Sources and Resources in the Digital Age 30 credits
  • Soviet and Post-Soviet Music and Politics 30 credits
  • Strategies for Performance 30 credits
  • Working with Original Musical Documents 30 credits
  • Philosophies of Music 30 credits

Student Destinations

This pathway allows you to pursue your interests in music, acting as a supplementary course to the main body of the Arts Administration programme.

Graduates typically go on to careers in the following areas:

  • Cultural policy: researching, developing, writing, analysing and evaluating policy for government agencies at national, regional and local level and for ‘think tanks’ concerned with culture and society
  • Management in building-based and touring theatre, festivals, dance, music, and visual arts organisations
  • Arts education, arts regeneration and arts for social and community purposes, all of which may be music-based
  • Audience development, fundraising, programming and planning
  • Independent producing in music, theatre, or gallery-based organisations

Many students from this programme now have careers in major arts organisations worldwide or have progressed to MPhil/PhD degrees.


These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £10450 Home/EU - part-time: £5225 International - full-time: £18900

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a subject concerned with arts and culture or another relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Students who have completed up to 90 credits (not including final 60-credit projects or dissertations) of a comparable degree at another university can apply for recognition of prior learning status as part of their application for a place on the programme, where such credits are carried forward into your study at Goldsmiths.

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