Festival and Events Management PgCert

Course code N821

What is special about this course?

This PgCert Festival and Events Management provides a flexible learning experience for those aspiring to work within the fields of management and leadership in festival and events contexts.

The programme explores three key strands within festival and events planning and delivery, exploring what it means for heritage, the arts, and music. If you have an interest in festivals and events, are already working in the industry and looking to upskill, or seeking formal recognition whilst working in organisations where festivals and events are commonplace, this is the course for you.

Due to the nature of the programme, you can select option modules from three key areas, heritage, music, and art, to better tailor the course to a context suited to you. 

Special features

  • The course is delivered fully online, allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • Strong emphasis on employability, with a focus on teaching sector specific skills and creating strong industry links throughout
  • Taught by staff who have practical experience working in the festival and events sectors, and informed by relevant academic research
  • Use of discussion boards, e-portfolios and videos to stimulate discussion and develop a learning community environment
  • Connections to local and national professionals within the context of festivals and events
  • Opportunities to network and develop professional links across the heritage, arts and music fields
  • You can study full-time or part-time for the Postgraduate Certificate in Festival and Events Management, or take individual modules as continuing professional development to enhance your career while you are working

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree at 2:2 or above, in a relevant subject relating to humanities, cultural studies, museum studies, business or science
  • Non-native speakers should have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0
  • Non-standard applicants will have relevant professional and sector experience considered in place of the above qualifications
  • Potential applicants with non-standard qualifications can apply to study a single module as an access point for the wider programme
  • This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional modules/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage


Core modules will include:

  • Fundraising for festivals and events
  • Project managing festivals and events

You will also study one of the following optional modules:

  • Engaging with heritage
  • Music and identity
  • Professional practice for social art practitioners
  • Sustainable creative endeavour in contemporary society 

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • Seminars and workshops are recorded to allow you to engage at a time that suits you
  • You will be supported by the Virtual Learning Environment and your tutors
  • There are opportunities to attend live video conference seminars, with occasional guest speakers
  • You may also choose to undertake residencies (subject to optional module choices)

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year @ 3 x 200 hours per module for full time study (Either: 2 modules in Semester 1 and 1 module in Semester 2 OR 1 module in Semester 1 and 2 modules in Semester 2)
  • Part-time (structured): 1.5 years @ 3 x 200 hours module (1 module per semester for 3 semesters: Semester 1 = Jan-Apr, Semester 2 = Sep-Dec, Semester 3 = Jan-Apr)
  • Part-time (unstructured): 3 years @ 1 module per year

The weekly commitment will vary, particularly in relation to option modules. Students are expected to dedicate approximately 16 hours per week per module, inclusive of teaching and self-directed and individual study time.  

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will apply to and be enrolled by Inverness College UHI.

Start date

  • September
  • January


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

  • There may be additional costs related to working with industry partners, which you will be responsible for. This will vary according to circumstance and your chosen activities

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Festival management
  • Events management 
  • Project management in the arts, heritage or music
  • Producing
  • Fundraising

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from PgCert Festival and Events Management to the following courses:

  • MSc Interpretation Management and Practice - the 'Engaging with Heritage' module is shared between this PgCert and the MSc Interpretation Management and Practice. If you wish to progress onto the MSc and have already completed the Engaging with Heritage module, then you may apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and put this towards your overall credit total for the MSc
  • MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management
  • MSc Museum Education

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Apply for Festival and Events Management PgCert

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

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