Music Business - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

The music industry is transforming and this degree will teach you how and why. Designed to give you the skills, knowledge and contacts required for a successful career in the music and entertainment industry, on this degree, you’ll study unique, advanced modules co-delivered with prominent industry partners and gain hands-on experience in the field. You’ll also have access to exclusive training opportunities that will prepare you for your career.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

At London Met, we bring new approaches to every aspect of the music business. Some of our modules include digital music marketing, live music, record operations and talent management. You’ll also study music law, publishing and market analysis to equip you with the business skills you’ll need to get ahead in the industry. You’ll be mentored by industry partners and visiting professors, to give you an in-depth body of knowledge to support you in your career. You may even gain exclusive access to Music Managers Forum (MMF) training.

You’ll have the opportunity to set up live events in London music venues, you’ll also learn how to develop and sign artists and songwriters.

Our online labs allow you to run music-marketing campaigns and create new business models, or have a go at running your own production projects. We’ll teach you how to analyse music genres and develop skills to license music and new music services. Study trips abroad give you the opportunity to learn about global music markets where you’ll gain first-hand experience.

Succeeding in the new music business is about advanced skills and industry access. This course, endorsed by visiting professors Erik Nielsen, Scott Cohen and Rob Dickins CBE, provides both through industry partnerships and professional expertise.


You’ll be assessed through essays, business reports, individual and group research projects and a final project. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, group tasks and workshops.

Techniques used during the workshops and group tasks will include brainstorming, idea generating, role-playing scenarios, case study analysis and project design

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code W300
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma) in academic or business subjects
  • English language and mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent) are also required

These requirements may be varied in individual cases.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

It may be possible to enter the course in Years 2 and 3 if you have a relevant Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or equivalent.

Modular structure

If you’re studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

In Year 1, you’ll gain an in-depth grounding in the fundamentals of the music industry and creative digital platforms as well as economics, finance and marketing.

In Year 2, you’ll develop your skills with the study of core modules including live music, venues and merchandising and music and entertainment law, as well as a range of optional modules including a music industry practice project.

In Year 3, you’ll study a range of topics including intellectual property and music publishing. You’ll also enhance your skills through optional modules including creative practice and digital music business models.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Introduction to the Music Industry and Creative Digital Platforms
  • Economics and Finance for the Service Sector
  • Communication and Understanding Information
  • Principles and Practice in Marketing

Year 2 modules include:

  • Live Music, Venues and Merchandising
  • Music Industry Management and Music Business Practice
  • Music and Entertainment Law
  • Global Digital Music Distribution
  • Music Appreciation and Creative Methods
  • Music Industry Practice Project
  • Learning Through Work

Year 3 modules include:

  • Intellectual Property and Music Publishing
  • The Orchard Lab: Creative Strategy Practice in Digital Music Marketing
  • Creative Practice and Digital Music Business Models
  • Theory and Practice in Research
  • Artist and Repertoire

After the course

This is an exciting time to enter the industry, as it transforms into an ever-more multifaceted field of practice that utilises digital platforms and new business models, a trend that is set to continue. This degree will greatly increase your employment prospects and opportunities in the music business.

This course will equip you with the skills required for entrepreneurial practice and management. Typical job roles include but are not restricted to: record company executives, roles in digital music platforms and services, digital marketing and distribution roles, publishing managers, tour managers, artist managers, strategy advisers, venue and festival promoters, and marketing and PR consultants.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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