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?

  • 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

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

Start date

  • September
  • January


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
This includes
•    EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
•    EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
•    EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK. 

  2022-23 2023-24
Per module (20 credits) £560 £584
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,752

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying online from home, or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2022-23 2023-24
Per module (20 credits) £669 £720
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2,007 £2,160

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2022-23 With scholarship 2023-24 With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £1,010 £760 £1,080 £810
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £3,030 £2,280 £3,240 £2,430

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2022-23 2023-24
Per module (20 credits) £1,010 £1,080
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £3,030 £3,240

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not available for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

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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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2023 or Jan/Feb 2024

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