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Magister Artium (MA)

120 ects


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The postgraduate (Master in Arts, MA) programme “Cultural Policy and Development” provides an in-depth understanding of the importance and role of cultural heritage and modern cultural production, and highlights both as tools for developing and promoting the public image of a state. Understanding both the own cultural memory and identity, as well as that of other states and peoples has proven to be an essential prerequisite for economic and social development. At the same time, it helps to ensure constructive communication and cooperation with other countries and societies. The MA programme “Cultural Policy and Development stresses the deep interaction of culture with politics, both locally and outside the EU, as well as on a global level.

The purpose of the “Cultural Policy and Development" MA programme is the scientific engagement, specialisation and research in the subject of cultural organisation and management. The programme aims to train high-level scientists in the field of culture, tourism and creative industries that will substantially contribute to the creation of social prosperity from any position they work in local or international organisations, institutions, networks and collaborations. Students, depending on their interests and the field in which they wish to become active, have the opportunity to choose Modules that will make them competitive both locally and internationally.


European Credit Units - ECTS: 120

Teaching Language: Greek

Level of Studies: Postgraduate

Title to be Awarded: Magister Artium (MA) 




  • The MA programme offers a high level of knowledge and skills to those interested in working as executives in the field of culture, tourism and the creative industries in Cyprus and Greece.
  • You will be trained in the management, promotion and development of cultural capital, cultural production, and the development of cultural entrepreneurship.
  • It Strengthens the strategic vision and optimises leadership skills needed to meet the cultural challenges of the 21st century on a national, regional and European level.
  • It is structured in semesters, so students gain additional specialisation and the opportunity to become familiar with more areas of cultural management.


The programme is evaluated and accredited by

ΔΙΠΑΕ μικρό


The Open University of Cyprus (OUC), through its participation in the European project "Liaison Offices with the Labour Market", offers to students of all its programmes of study, the optional and free of charge Thematic Unit (i.e. Module) entitled "Industry Placement". This module provides students opportunities for a placement to gain professional experience in their particular field of study, and the hosting institution can be any public or private organisation operating in the Republic of Cyprus.

Each student has the right to participate in this offering once or twice during his / her studies, provided that s/he meets the required conditions.

Request more information by contacting the OUC Liaison Office here.



The minimum requirement for admission to a postgraduate programme is an undergraduate degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution.

Very good knowledge of English for the study of international literature.

Computer skills (Microsoft Office programs - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access etc.)- and internet applications.



The total cost of the fees for this postgraduate programme is 5,400.

The fees for each Module are €675, while the fees for the Master Thesis are €1,350.



Applications can be submitted exclusively online:

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Application dates for the fall semester of the Academic year 2024-2025 : March 4 - June 14, 2024.



The duration of the postgraduate programme is two years and it is divided into four semesters. The student completes the Master's degree programme after attending the three (3) compulsory Modules, three (3) electives and after having completed the master thesis as follows:

In the first semester, the student chooses up to two (2) Modules (PPA511, PPA512). Both compulsory.

In the second semester, the student chooses up to two (2) Modules, one compulsory (PPA521) and one out of the three electives (PPS522, PPA523, PPA621).

 In the third semester, the student chooses either two modules out of the three electives or a module among the three (PPA614, PPA615, PPA616) and part I of the master thesis (PPA701A). In the fourth semester, the student, if he/she has not yet completed the elective modules, chooses an elective out of the three offered in the 2nd semester (PPA522, PPA523, PPA621) and the second part of the master thesis (PPA701B). If he/she has completed the elective modules, he /she will begin the master thesis which is compulsory.

Modules Semester Compulsory / Elective Pre-requisite Modules Workload
    Hours ECTS
PPA 511 Culture and Cultural Studies 1 Compalsory   375-450 15
PPA 512 Cultural Policy and Cultural Management 1 Compalsory   375-450 15
PPA 521 Cultural Economics and Management 2 Compalsory   375-450 15
PPA 522 Cultural Communication 2 Elective   375-450 15
PPA 523 Cultural Law and Law of Intellectual Property 2 Elective   375-450 15
PPA 614 Museum Studies-Museology 3 Elective   375-450 15
PPA 615 Cultural Tourism, Urban Regeneration and City Branding 3 Elective   375-450 15
PPA 616 Cultural and Creative Industries 3 Elective   375-450 15
PPA 621 Art and Society 4 Elective   375-450 15
PPA701Α Master Thesis I 3, 4 Required PPA511, PPA512, PPA521 375-450 15
PPA701Β Master Thesis II 3, 4 Required PPA511, PPA512, PPA521 375-450 15
PPA6951 Industry Placement (1st) 2, 3 Optional PPA511   5
PPA6961 Industry Placement (2st) 3, 4 Optional PPA695   5
Total   3000-3600 120


1The two Modules are optional, they each correspond to 5 ECTS and do not count towards obtaining the Degree.


Academic Personnel

Vayia (Vicky) Karaiskou, Associate Professor, Programme Director, PPA621, Module Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.0035722411987


Academic Consultant 
Ελισάβετ Κιούρτη Ελισάβετ Κιούρτη (Elisavet Kiourti) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  +35722411923

Ώρες γραφείου/Academic Consultation Hours:

Δευτέρα/Monday – Πέμπτη/Thursday 08:00 - 12:00



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Adjunct Faculty (Tutors)

Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus has 3 registered members
Γεώργιος Παπαϊωάννου (Georgios Papaioannou)
ΠΠΑ522: Πολιτιστική Επικοινωνία
Module Coordinator

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Κωνσταντίνα Κυριάκου (Konstantina Kyriakou)
ΠΠΑ523: Δίκαιο του Πολιτισμού και της Πνευματικής Ιδιοκτησίας
Module Coordinator

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Μήνα Δραγούνη (Mina Dragouni)
ΠΠΑ521: Οικονομία του Πολιτισμού και Διαχείριση Πολιτιστικών Οργανισμών
Module Coordinator

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For additional information, please contact Ms. Yianna Yiasouma (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), 00357-22411915.

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