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Creative Arts & Design (9) History & Archaeology (19) Languages, Literature & Culture (21)

  PhD Arts Management and Cultural Policy

  Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

You will be part of a growing doctoral research environment and will study alongside students from Northern Ireland and abroad. We supervise students undertaking research in:

  • 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
  • Issues of equality and diversity
  • Internationalisation and transnational exchange
  • Reception of art and culture
  • Institutional, historical and social frameworks for the making and displaying of art and heritage
  • Impact of arts and cultural work

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Dr. Ali Fitzgibbon

Senior Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries Management


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


Brokering Intercultural Exchange is an Arts & Humanities Research Council Funded research network that brings international arts and cultural management practitioners together with educators, policymakers and researchers to explore the relationship of arts and cultural management to intercultural, transcultural and international exchange.


Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland is an all-island research network based at Queen’s to further research and information exchange on cultural policy across the island of Ireland.


Students are supported to publish their work as well as initiate and lead seminars with invited national and international researchers. By encouraging public engagement activities, we actively encourage students to realise the real-life impact of their research


  • Research students are encouraged to play a full and active role in relation to the wide range of research activities undertaken within the School and there are many resources available
  • Based in the School of Art, English & Languages, we have the advantage of the networks, research possibilities and professionals associated with the Brian Friel Theatre, Queen's Film Centre, Sonic Arts Research Centre and the Naughton Gallery
  • The PhD programme is deeply connected to the arts and cultural sector in Northern Ireland, the UK and Ireland and with global connections.
  • We are open to both theoretical and practice-based research projects

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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