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Professional Doctorate in Cultural Leadership

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

This qualification is aimed specifically at senior practitioners within the arts and cultural sector who would like to gain a doctoral qualification through an extended period of study and critical reflection designed to be undertaken alongside existing work or freelancing commitments.

The Professional Doctorate in Cultural Leadership is designed to produce professionals who are competent and confident in using their skills to tackle emergent problems and to develop new practice that will meet the demands of the cultural sector in the 21st century. You will be creating, conceiving, developing and undertaking doctoral research projects that require a strong emphasis on individually determined learning and self directed study. Professional Doctorates recognise the value of professional practice and applied critical thinking. Senior practitioners are at the forefront of their field and create vital new knowledge through their everyday practice. The focus of your study would be specific to the context in which your professional practice takes place and as such is intended to complement and build upon the work that you will already be undertaking in your role. The findings from your study are therefore intended to contribute not only to the body of knowledge that exists about cultural leadership and practice, but also to have real-world impact on your own professional practice, and the practice of the organisations and individuals that you work with.

Why QMU?

  • By studying the work-based doctorate at QMU you will be supported by two experienced supervisors who will guide you in your learning. The work based nature of the programme allows you to link projects from your workplace with academic development thus enhancing the impact you can have on your profession.
  • The student focused nature of the doctorate offers you the chance to select and study topics of direct relevance to your work.


Graduates will already be well established as a professional in the cultural and creative industries, but you will now have high levels of knowledge and investigative and research skills, which you can use to advance practice in your professional spheres. The qualification offers you recognition of your expertise and professional standing acknowledged worldwide. You may also go on to conduct further research, publish, or teach in further and higher education

Visit the Professional Doctorate in Cultural Leadership page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have a postgraduate diploma or master’s qualification, which includes research methods, and strong evidence of personal and professional development. Candidates should normally have significant experience, and show evidence of development in an area of expert practice, and /or management and leadership skills. There will be an interview process.

International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

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