Masters Study

Masters Study

Our MA programs in Design Management and Arts Management are designed to focus on the development of core skills and knowledge required by managers in the arts and cultural sector and human-centred design thinking and methods in the context of organisational problems.

Students of Arts Management develop an understanding of the environment within which cultural and creative organisations operate, and identify the issues that influence them. While students of Design Management explore the emergent roles of design, in an increasingly complex world, by managing design projects, conducting design research, and developing design policies in a wide range of public and private organisations.


Applications are invited for the following masters awards. Please note that you must have accepted an offer of a place on a relevant programme before you can be considered for the awards

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The deadline for the 2019/20 Scholarhsip has now passed.

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To help with study and living costs, Lancaster University offers postgraduates a range of scholarships, studentships and bursaries. Full details of the alumni scholarship and other University funded opportunities can be found on the Lancaster University funding page.

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Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), each year Lancaster University invites applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships. The NWCDTP expects to make approximately fifty awards across the whole range of arts and humanities subjects. A small number of these are likely to be for Masters study by candidates who show exceptional potential for doctoral research.  

For further information please see the AHRC Studentships page.

University Funding Opportunities

In additional to the listed funding opportunities there are a number of full and partial bursaries offered by Lancaster University. Details of all such funding opportunities are available on the Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages and in a searchable database on the Student Services website.

UK Students

Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional and Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 are available to taught and research masters students.

  • Loans are available to UK Nationals (ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands), EU, EEA or Swiss nationals ordinarily resident in the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

  • Applicants are not eligible for PGL if they have outstanding student loan arrears or have previously been found to be ‘unfit’ for student support.

For further information please see the Postgraduate Loan Scheme page.


International Students

A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the:

Lancaster Arts

One of the unique aspects about studying the arts at Lancaster is the professional arts organisation, Lancaster Arts. As a contemporary arts student you will be able to see, hear, and experience a diverse range of contemporary exhibitions and performances.

How to Apply

Applications for postgraduate study at Lancaster are made directly to the university via our dedicated postgraduate admissions website. Online applications are available at MyLancaster admissions portal which provides full details of what you need to include with your application. These will usually include:

  • transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying. Note that, for transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.
  • 2 references, at least one must be an academic reference.
  • for those for whom English is not their first language, copies of English language test results. The English Language requirements for LICA Postgraduate students are 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent) overall with a minimum of 6.0 IELTS (or equivalent) in all components.
  • Once your application has been received by the Postgraduate Admissions Office it will be checked to ensure all required documents have been submitted and it will then be passed on to the Department for consideration. You may be contacted by the Postgraduate Admissions Office or the Department to discuss your application further.


Portfolios are not currently required for any of our MA programmes

Personal Statement Guidance

Applicants are required to complete a Personal Statement (minimum 100 words) as part of the application process. Please use the following guidance on how to complete the Personal Statement in your own words:

  • Why did you choose Lancaster University and the course you are applying for?
  • What makes you a suitable candidate for the course you are applying for?
  • What can you contribute to the course?
  • What benefits do you expect to gain from the course?
  • How is the course related to your academic and/or career development.

Deadline for your application

The deadline for applications is 31 August for UK/EU applicants and 31 July for Overseas applicants. However, if you are applying for funding you will need to apply at least 6 weeks before the funding body's deadline. Please note that if the department receives very high numbers of applications then the department will have to close admissions to our Masters courses before these deadlines. If there are a low number of applications for a particular course then the department reserves the right to cancel the course and offer alternatives for any students that have been offered a place.

For more information on University run visit days please see Postgraduate Open Days


Information on tuition fees please see Postgraduate fees & Funding. Tuition fees usually increase annually and fees for the next academic year are announced in the Spring.

When you apply, you will need to indicate your likely source of financial support during your studies. You should therefore investigate possible sources of finance as soon as you can.


Applications for accommodation open in the Spring. Students who have accepted a place on a course will receive an email inviting them to create an account and then apply for accommodation. You must have confirmed your place with the University before you are able to make an application.

For more information on Postgraduate accommodation please visit the Lancaster University Accommodation Website.

For course enquiries, please contact:

LICA Postgraduate Coordinator
LICA Building 
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1524 510899

For admissions enquiries, please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1524 592032