MSc International Festival & Event Management

Postgraduate, Part-time

International Festival & Event Management MSc



Develop practical skills in international festival and event management on our leading course, whilst in the worlds leading festival city

Overview

Edinburgh is the most famous festival city in the world with more than 70 years’ history of arts and cultural festivals. Visitors from all over the globe travel to this tourism-friendly capital city every year to experience its renowned arts and cultural festivals alongside its thriving portfolio of entertainment, business, and sporting events, making it a great place to study international festival and event management.

This Masters degree will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully plan, coordinate and manage international festivals and events, and to devise policies and strategies for the festival and event industry. It also contributes towards professional accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality.

Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Full-time)

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

JanSep


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Course details

You’ll develop skills such as formulating policy and planning for the future, as well as developing your softer skills in the likes of time management, project management, and formal presentations.

You’ll also develop business and marketing skills that relate specifically to the design, management and evaluation of large and small-scale events and festivals with an international focus.

Through lectures, guest speakers and case studies, you’ll develop an advanced understanding of the contemporary issues and key concepts involved in the international festival and event industry.

With our close connections within Edinburgh’s festivals community, and the large number of tourist ventures and operations in or near the city and further afield, you’ll have plenty of options for part-time work and opportunities for employment after graduation.

If starting in January you may have the opportunity to gain some of your own work experience by gaining employment within the sector during Edinburgh’s summer festivals, for example the Festival Fringe, International Festival, or Jazz and Blues Festival.

Modules

  • Festival and Event Management
  • Business Skills for Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
  • Experience Design and Management for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
  • Contemporary Issues in Festivals and Events
  • Two options
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • calendar How you’ll be taught This is a part-time course runs across two years. You can choose to start in either January or September.

    You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures, site visits, case studies, tutorials and independent study.

  • note and pen Assessments

    The assessments on this course include individual coursework such as:

    • written reports
    • essays
    • portfolios
    • exams
    • oral presentations
    • business plans
    • design pitches

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Stage 1 £3,120 £3,246
Stage 2 £3,880 £4,034
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Home EU - Total Fee £7,000 £7,280
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Stage 1 £5,850 £6,084
Stage 2 £7,150 £7,436
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Overseas - Total Fee £13,000 £13,520
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

  • Festival and Event management
  • Arts and cultural management
  • Performance and theatre production
  • Event design and programming
  • Festival logistics coordinator
  • Music festival director
  • Event marketing and sponsorship management
  • Conference and corporate events management
  • Charity fundraising and event management