MA / MCM in Cultural Management

The MA/MCM programme in Cultural management is a 90 ECTS distance learning programme on postgraduate level. Qualified candidates must have completed a cycle university degree (BA or BS). In exceptional cases other degrees or experience can be evaluated as equivalent to such a degree.

The programme in Cultural Management is taught only through distance learning system and full time MA students complete their coursework in two semesters, fall and spring.  A vital part of the program is the MA thesis (30 ECTS) which students write in the fall and spring terms after the completion of their coursework. Students finishing MCM in cultural management finish 78 ECTS in courses and a 12 ECTS final project. Students who wish to continue their education on doctoral level, must obtain the MA degree, whereas the MCM does not grant access to doctoral studies.

The programme is designed to provide training in research, planning and management within the cultural sector, including both education and creative industries. The programme is taught in Icelandic.

Link to the curriculum in Icelandic

Semester 1st year

 Autumn  ECTS   Spring  ECTS 
Cultural Economics  6 Financial Management for the Cultural Sector  6
International Opportunities in the Creative Industries    2 Research Methods  6
Culture and Management  6 Cultural Policy  6
Project Management and Planning  6 Cultural Studies  6
Elective course: Culture, Market, Media OR Humour and Equality in Management  6
Elective course: Public Administration Law for Managers OR Strategic Planning and  the Role of Cultural Institutions 
  30   30

Semester 2nd year MA

 Autumn ECTS 
MA thesis  30

Semester 2nd year MCM

 Autumn ECTS 
Humour and Equality in Management  6
Elective management course  6
Elective management course  6
Final Project in Cultural Management  12


Why Bifröst?

  1. Constant workload trains students in group and team work
  2. Small university that emphasises personal service
  3. We aim for personal development and social participation
  4. Friendly campus for individuals and families
  5. Active quality control and innovative teaching methods