Music Business - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This cutting-edge Music Business BA (Hons) degree will give you knowledge and contacts required for a successful career in the music and entertainment industry. During the course you’ll organise your own live event, work with real clients in the music industry and gain up-to-date knowledge of music management. 

We’ve reinvented this undergraduate course to offer a great level of subject specialism from your first year, based on research and input from industry connections. You’ll study unique, advanced modules co-delivered with prominent industry partners and gain hands-on experience in the field.

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

Our honours degree is unique among other undergraduate music business programmes in the UK. We’re the first university nationally to offer a combination of teaching digital strategies, business models and about digital royalties, while investing heavily in providing practical experience.

The focus throughout will be on the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in the music business. In your first year you’ll embark on independent research projects, reflecting the importance of research in the music industry. Our approach is to cover every business sector of music, from digital streaming and artist management, to merchandising and innovative business models. You’ll explore important topics such as music publishing and copyright in the digital age, focusing on the management of important music rights. Supported by the latest practice and industry commentary, you’ll consider how the future is being shaped by technology and consumer trends.

Our course has a unique focus on innovation and our aim is to enable you become an entrepreneur yourself. Exploring how money is made from music related content, with a special focus on digital streaming platforms such as Spotify and Tidal, you’ll aim to predict the next major business shift. On modules such as Digital Music Business Models, you’ll be taught by experts in the field who have published industry research that has been praised by Forbes. This module will also prepare you for a career within a start-up environment, which is a common business model within the music and technology industry.

From the very start of your degree you’ll be immersed in the music business environment and directly engaged with practice. In the Artist and Repertoire module, while learning the theory of singing and developing artists, you’ll also work with real clients in the music industry. In the past our students managed artists, filmed music documentaries and run marketing campaigns.

We have extensive links with the music industry in London and beyond, providing you with opportunities to learn in a contemporary and career-focused environment. We often host events for the industry such as Music Managers Forum (MMF) training days. Our partners will offer you opportunities to participate in research, focus groups, work placements and internships.

Assessment

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

Techniques used during 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)

These requirements may be varied in individual cases.

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Music Business (including foundation year) BA (Hons).

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

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

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    The first part of the module aims to introduce students to the basic foundations of law and its relationship with the business professions. The second part of the module would concentrate on the relevance of ethics in the business and accountancy professions. This part would highlight the importance of avoiding fraud and misleading statements by adopting the most recent ethical standards of financial reporting and corporate practices.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Events Planning and Management will help students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in event planning and management, through academic reading, case studies and practical experience. Where possible, the module will also offer students the opportunity to either work, plan, or run an actual event (e.g. student union activities, university student ambassador, music, business, arts, cultural, and so on).

    Aims of the module:
    1. To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to research, plan, design and implement a range of event types in diverse settings.
    2. To develop student knowledge/ability to apply key events management (and marketing) principles and theories to real world professional industry contexts - through either-or, working, planning, running/organising a live event.
    3. To provide students with the opportunity to gain both academic and hands-on experience in the research, planning/design and delivery of events.
    4. To enable students to develop their knowledge and practice relevant com-petencies in a real-life events management environment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday morning
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    This Professional Practice module will enhance the students’ understanding of what it means to be a business professional. This module will support the preparation for their future career by encouraging them to develop, put into practice and evidence the skills and behaviours that employers want to see.

    The ‘Professional Practice’ approach ensures that as a developing professional the students understand how to learn effectively and efficiently either in the workplace or in a simulated context. They also learn how to use all the resources available to reflect on their progress. This module involves planning, conducting and reflecting on their own ‘performance episodes*’ and a more general reflection on their overall professional development to date. The written reports and reflections become part of their growth and productivity E-portfolio** which they will maintain throughout their programme.

    In addition, they will have the opportunity to test, review and evidence their skills development via the on-line resources provided throughout the programme, which support the general skills required by employers. As such this module aims to,

    1. Build understanding of the expected workplace knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes so that they become intrinsic performance and growth motivators.

    2. Ensure the adoption of skills, attitudes and behaviours that improve self-awareness to aid reflective practice.

    *A performance episode is defined as an initiative that the students take, made up of tasks, which develops their skills, and which involves both selecting knowledge from the programme and interacting with others. It must be measurable so that they are able to reflect on their professional skills development.

    ** The growth and productivity E-portfolio is a digital internet-based tool within which they will store all evidence of their work, feedback from stakeholders, their reflections and their Individual Development Plan (IDP). It allows them to share their journey with others and to organise elements of it to help them progress further.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module provides an introduction to the management of people in organisations, or as it is commonly known ‘Human Resource Management’. It is aimed at students from a variety of disciplines, and not just those looking to pursue a career in HRM. Ultimately, the management of people is often the responsibility of line managers and supervisors so it is important that all graduates of Guildhall School of Business and Law are equipped with the knowledge and skills to implement this effectively in practice. This module will take a critical perspective, illuminating to students not only the ways ‘good’ people management can contribute to performance and employee well-being but also the potential problems implementing this in practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    In an age of mass communication we are constantly bombarded by messages through advertising, content marketing, editorial, programming and other forms via the press, television, radio, film, music and the internet.

    As such, the media is a powerful dynamic force and cuts through gender, class, race, creed, and nationality to form bonds between groups of people who may exist in totally different circles, potentially bringing us closer to a global culture. Social & cultural values are largely shaped and reflected by the consumption of media and this module seeks to provide students with an insight into the media industry and also act as introduction to models and tools designed to enable them to engage in a more deeply informed debate on this constantly changing subject.

    The module aims to introduce students to the nature and make-up of the media industry and undertakes a critical examination of the role of culture and society in determining its development. It will examine both traditional and new media/digital platforms as part of a wider analysis of its influence on culture & society. Additionally the module aims to provide an introduction to the learning strategies that students will need to successfully study in higher education.

    The module also aims to assist students in the acquisition and development of the following skills:

    1. Academic Reading
    2. Research
    3. Application of Knowledge and Presenting Data
    4. Communicating/presenting – orally & collaborating / working with others
    5. Critical Thinking and academic Writing
    6. Self- assessment/reflection

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The module aims to explore the nature of music publishing and copyright in the digital age, focusing on the management and exploitation of important music rights. Supported by the latest practice and industry commentary, we shall consider the recent disruption and development of the music business and how the future is being shaped by technology and consumer trends. The module will analyse the business activities of; major and independent publishers, songwriters and performers, as well as other key music publishing personnel. It will examine the various collection societies for handling copyright blanket licensing and other associated royalty collection and distribution.

    Module aims:
    1. To understand the importance and role of music publishing within the music and related industries
    2. To introduce the major and independent music publishing organisations and corporates
    3. To explain the internal operations of music publishing businesses.
    4. To introduce the relationship between publishing and other music business income streams
    5. Understand why the music and creative media industries are commonly known as the ‘copyright industries’

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    The module aims to provide an understanding of the marketing management process in contemporary organisations and in the context of tangible goods, services and b2b markets. The service sector accounts for a significant proportion of GDP and employment in most developed economies and therefore it becomes essential for students to gain insight within the area. In this module, students are introduced to a range of marketing theories such as the marketing concept, consumer behaviour, business environmental analysis, marketing research, consumer and b2b insights applicable to tangible goods and services marketing.

    The module aims to:
    ● Provide an understanding of the theoretical foundations and practical application of marketing in services, private and public sectors.
    ● Provide an understanding of contemporary issues in marketing.
    ● Develop students’ academic writing, application of knowledge and interpreting data skills.
    ● Develop students’ researching and analysing skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    The focus of this module is to equip students to understand organisations in contexts past, present and future, and enable them to analyse the macro, micro, internal and external business and economic environments in which they operate. An understanding of the environments will facilitate the interpretation of situations and enable decisions that add value for businesses. The focus of the module is on the external and internal influences on organizations and the effect these have on business practices.
    The module is designed to be used by Level 4 undergraduate students on a range of programmes. Examples, illustrations and case studies will be drawn from chosen industry sectors such as advertising, aviation, events, finance, marketing, music, transport, tourism, and applied to reinforce basic concepts. This will enhance the ability of students to understand particular business problems and aspects of the business and economic environment. Topics and case studies will cover business issues that are contemporary and relevant to the real world.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The live entertainment sector is the fastest growing part of the entertainment industries at present, and this trend is set to continue in the foreseeable future. The scale of mergers and acquisitions that have created global live entertainment giants such as Live Nation has contributed to this trend. Moreover, the trend of blending experiences across sectors, formats, genres and media has led to the growth in new types of blended events such as interactive streaming for theatre, special events, festivals, talent shows, competitions, and awards ceremonies (Google/YouTube music video awards) amongst others – a growing area of industry practice beyond music and events and encompassing fashion, culture, PR etc.

    As one of the world’s entertainment industry capitals, London has a lot to offer students willing to embark on the practical training and learning in this area. To boost employability and enhance student experience, we have partnered with one of the most prestigious music venues in London and the world to create the means for enabling students to connect theory and practice in live and blended events environment. Whilst testing their knowledge and understanding, students develop entrepreneurial skills and learn the key aspects of the law, branding, marketing and management of live entertainment events, merchandising and venue- or set management. This module contains significant practice and team work will be at the centre of setting up real life events to network and present work to real industry clients, panels and investors with the aim of honing you skills to professional level and testing them in a market environment.

    We attained considerable synergies already through existing partnerships with industry partners such as Club Fandango, Concert Live and MMF, enhancing employability and skills. We are set to continue broadening this collaborative approach that benefits students.

    Module Aims:

    1. To introduce and apply the knowledge of venue management practice, live promotion, concert touring and booking methods.

    2. To explore the live sector as a growth area of the international entertainment industry and explain the roles of agents and promoters in the UK and internationally.

    3. To place the live entertainment and venue management within the context of the music, events and related creative businesses within the UK, Europe and worldwide

    4. To assess budgetary and marketing priorities in promotion, exploring ticketing and booking procedures in use today

    5. To address PR implications within the live sector, together with merchandising concepts, sponsorship and brands in live entertainment and venue management

    6. To understand the use of technology in events promotion, dissemination and delivery: e.g. digital events marketing, live streaming and on-site creative entertainment (on set)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module develops student’s knowledge of the music business by focusing on historical and contemporary issues and the acquisition of practical skills.
    The module provides an intellectual framework for the management of the music business, within the UK and internationally. It uses case study examples and industry frameworks,and enables students to develop the necessary management competencies to operate successfully as managers and/or performers within the music business.
    It will cover key areas from artist management activities, recorded music, digital technology, business planning, production, royalties, through to live music, distribution, promotion, copyright and management contract issues.
    The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the scope and nature of the music management processes, from the development of creative ‘product’, to its consumption by the end-consumer.
    The module aims:
    1. To explain the role of management and managers within the music business
    2. To explain the contractual relationships and legal and financial implications
    3. To enable students to understand how to manage the business affairs of performing artists, enterprises and start-up businesses in the music business
    4. To develop the attributes of self-evaluation and a creative and ethical approach in a variety of contexts

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module begins by considering the contractual environment within the music business and associated sectors. Important contractual areas will be critically examined including management agreements, recording agreements, self-release and 360 degree deals, publishing agreements, production agreements, live performance agreements, sponsorship and merchandising agreements. The emphasis will be on enhanced practical understanding of contractual frameworks, best negotiating practice, and the role and use of legal agreements within the business imperatives of music companies and within the career strategies of artists and managers.
    In addition, the broader “entertainment” business will be explored in relation to its evolving legal framework.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    ‘Skills, Methods and Analysis’ aims to equip students with knowledge and elementary skills of data collection, presentation and analysis utilised in management research. The module will be divided into three short parts focusing on skills (writing, referencing and research ethics), methods (sampling, qualitative and quantitative research methods) and analysis (coding and data presentation).

    Through the series of practical exercises students will become familiar with the concept and variety of research methods available in the business and social research area. The module serves as an underpinning for the dissertation or consultancy projects in level 6. Additionally, on successful completion of the module, students who would like to try using research methods in practical setting, can choose an optional and self-funded ‘Applied Research with Field Course’ module in the Spring semester.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    ‘The Applied Research with Field Course’ is designed around the model of research-informed teaching, with emphasis on learning through problem-solving and self-managed projects. The module serves as an optional continuum to ‘Skills, Analysis and Methods’ module and aims to stimulate development of students’ ability to relate theoretical material to real world case study, making clear links between theory, research methodology, data collection and analysis.
    For the length of the module, students cooperate and work in groups, to gather amount of data sufficient to complete their independent projects. Given the case study destination, students research relevant to their discipline aspects of the destination and decide on subject-specific problem to be investigated using primary research. In the next stage, students design research framework focusing on research question, suitable methodology and sampling. In the process, the encouragement is given to the use of mixed methodologies (interviews, surveys, audits, participant observation and visual methodologies) to enable students to practice in field a range of tools and develop skills of independent researcher. During the field course, students are expected to conform to the professional code of conduct.
    Additionally, the module aims to create group cohesion and the sense of course belonging, which is fundamental to improving retention rates as well as overall levels of student satisfaction.
    The aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to design research project and practice research skills in an unfamiliar environment, via residential field course. This serves as a practical underpinning for the dissertation module and ability to verify and address student’s individual strengths and weaknesses as a researcher.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module provides a critical understanding of the interface between the creative industries and the artists who provide the underlying content for these industries. Specifically, record company A&R (Artist and Repertoire) roles and functions, and management functions, are examined and the underlying principles of successful A&R practice are distilled, from what is often erroneously considered to be an area of subjectivity. The module will examine the extent to which there is an objective, quantifiable process for the successful undertaking of A&R activities. Theoretical and practical components will shape the student's understanding of the critical functions of discovery, assessment, and development of talent within the creative industries. The expertise of Rob Dickins (LMBS Visiting Professor, former Chairman of Warners) will be provided through his involvement in the delivery of certain guest lectures, and will give students an insight into best and worst industry practice in this area. Particular emphasis will be given to developing an understanding of the new and diverse needs for creative talent in the evolving music industry. A&R skills are perhaps of greater importance than ever, even if they will be utilised increasingly outside of the traditional record company framework.
    The skill sets associated with effective processes of discovering, assessing and developing creative talent are central to those required by the students of the music industry, but have wide transferable benefits for those studying other creative sectors such as fashion or events, and the module can therefore stand as an EoK module and also a study abroad module

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module will analyse, scrutinise and critically evaluate new and conventional methods of the music business in both theory and practice, focusing on changing business models and creative business innovation. Theoretical models will be critically assessed within the unique context of music business with particular attention being paid to the monetisation of music through the utilisation of streaming, apps and networks. These methods, approaches and creative phenomena find application with regards to the transformation of modes of delivery, types of content, convergence of media and consumer devices. Opportunities and threats from within the music business and lateral phenomena (e.g. digital strategies) will be analysed through the prism of entrepreneurship and corporate decision-making in both practice and theory.

    Students will be expected to critically evaluate business practices and market positioning, examine new sources of reliable research information regarding the new types of business customers and end users, and evaluate tactical alliances and shifts in music services and competing leisure markets.

    Innovation and change are explored within the context of new business models, from traditional portfolio/catalogue development to new delivery models, to tactical alliances between and within emerging businesses. This will be done by utilising and challenging key concepts in strategic management and recognising the relevance of cultural knowledge in Research & Development in this area of creative industries. Case study research and business simulation methods will be encouraged in analysis, aiming to develop new approaches to business modelling and innovation in this ever-changing area of business practice. Best practice will entail synthesis in business modelling.

    Module Aims:
    This advanced module aims to equip students with a refined and robust skillset for analysis, evaluation and implementation in business modelling and strategic practice.

    1. To map and analyse patterns of change and development in innovative management practices through the transformation of music industries and music-related sectors
    2. To explore specific contexts within which management of innovation takes place and fully contextualise the analysis of enterprising practice behind the development of new business models
    3. To develop multidisciplinary synthesis of creative management, innovation and implementation in music experience/service portfolios, identifying multiple factors that shape music business modelling in practice
    4. To address key conceptual solutions, operations and skills sets utilised for monetisation of cultural/creative value by means of innovation and strategic management within music business contexts
    5. To apply the understanding of strategy and tactics within the context of music business innovation

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    The module will introduce students to intellectual property law and its impact on the entertainment industries. The module will pay particular attention to the economic value of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and the modes of their commercial exploitation. The module will address the nature of intellectual property rights and the law which governs their exercise, including copyright, trade marks, passing off, confidential information, and patents. An emphasis will be placed upon teaching students how best to create, protect and monetise intellectual property across the entertainment sector.
    The skill sets associated with effective processes of developing, protecting and exploiting IPRs are central to those required by the students of the music business, but have wide transferable benefits for those studying other creative and entertainment sectors such as fashion or events, and the module can therefore stand as an EoK module and also a study abroad module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module explores the theoretical and practical matters of strategic decisions in music business marketing processes. Strategic relationships within the music business are especially intensified as a result of transformation of consumer behaviour, economic and business structures and modes of development in content promotion and delivery.

    The module will critically and strategically examine the applications and roles of Marketing, Public Relations, Communications and Engagement models in music online, both in theory and practice.

    The practical component consists of industry-supported real-life interactive marketing campaigns involving all students. The practical application of Strategic Management theory, Marketing and Public Relations, user/audience Engagement concepts/tactics, and state of the art digital communications/promotions techniques will form the focus this module.

    The research component of this module will be central to the success of live marketing and publicity campaigns involving all students on this module.

    This module will thus focus on Graduate Employability by enabling final year students to apply their knowledge attained across a number of disciplines taught on the Degree. They will be able to test such theoretical knowledge attained in practical settings. It will also enhance their communication, planning, reflection and presentation skills.

    Moreover, this module will enable students to apply a synthesis of skills and knowledges attained throughout their Degree by means of field-based, industry-focused problem-solving and decision-making, self-management and time-management. Finally, they will be able to both apply, and critically reflect their digital literacy and numeracy skills in campaign planning and market research, analysing data, application of knowledge and especially – in Career Management.

    Working with real-life clients and evaluated by Marketing Experts and Industry Partners including our Visiting Professors, students on this module will be enabled to enter the World of Work through this enterprise- and innovation-based module, with a starting point that would provide them with a unique competitive edge, and with the support of our Business Relations and Employability Team. This module should be delivered as an integral part of our Work-Related Learning Portfolio.

    Module Aims:
    1. Enabling student attainment of the mastery of marketing planning and innovation in creative enterprises within Music/Media Industry contexts.
    2. To examine, explore and apply the skills necessary for the purpose of marketing, public relations and communications modelling in music and digital media, in both theory and practice.
    3. To analyse and reflect on strategic roles of Marketing and PR in Music and Interactive Media with practical reference to various sectors of the industry.
    4. To evaluate and pragmatically address real-life inter-relationship between content-owners, artists, various music companies, media and audiences (users/consumers/fans).
    5. To apply the theory of marketing and strategic management to practical commercial imperatives in music by enabling real-life experience of industry environments.
    6. To apply constructive and practice-based reflective critique of unconventional Music Marketing and Public Relations approaches and techniques by going beyond textbook definitions and developing testable marketing solutions.
    7. To enhance graduate employability through real-life industry practice, decision making, creative work and liaising with lead Experts, expanding and documenting students’ enterprise skills through distinct, industry-based projects centred on their vocational programme of study.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    ‘Research methods for dissertations and consultancy projects’ teaches social science research methods from a real-world perspective. Students can follow the dissertation or consultancy project pathway so to apply their understanding of research methods to a substantial piece of independent research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module looks at the relationship between the creative industries, events and cultural policies. It critically discusses notions of the creative class, the creative city and the experience economy which have been used to inform and support strategies in cultural and creative industries policies. It further investigates the role the creative industries play in urban as well as rural areas and it also explores ways in which cities have reinvented themselves as centres of leisure and culture consumption using major cultural infrastructure investment, events and festivals.

    Aims:
    1. To critically assess and analyse the relationship between events, cultural policy and the creative industries
    2. To provide students with an understanding of the role strategy and policy-making play in event-led and culture-led regeneration projects
    3. To further develop students’ analytical and critical abilities and prepare them for the completion of an individual essay based on independent research

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This sandwich placement module is undertaken as an additional 30 credits between Levels 5 and 6, extending students' undergraduate course programme to four years.

    The module is designed to develop student employability and increase career prospects upon graduation. The sandwich placement year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops and one to one support will be delivered by Placement Officers to provide guidance and assist students in their search for an appropriate placement. The placement must be in an industry relevant to their area of study, allow them to develop professionalism and to transfer learning from the classroom, and any previous employment to the placement workplace.

    During the placement year, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement. Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning.

    Students will receive briefings prior to the placement and a post-placement debriefing. They will be supported remotely by a Placement Tutor who will provide guidance with assessment.

    Student will not be registered on the module until they have secured a suitable placement that meets all the requirements.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday morning
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    This module is a 15 credit option module on the Undergraduate Scheme.

    Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module uses the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBOK), https://www.apm.org.uk/body-of-knowledge/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and leading and motivating teams.

    Aims of the module:
    The module will equip the student with an understanding of the complexities of managing projects in an uncertain world. The student will become familiar with the project business case, the detailed planning and the use of ‘WBS’ and the ’OBS’, resources issues and their management, the timeline, budgeting and cash flow as well as the eventual monitoring and control of the project through methods of tracking and monitoring. The student will study methods of managing people in the project with appropriate models of leadership, team behaviours and motivation and methods of conflict management and resolution.

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After the course

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

The course will equip you with the skills required for entrepreneurial practice and management. On graduation you’ll be equipped to follow in the footsteps of our successful students, such as our 2018 graduate who secured a job with a fin-tech start-up within a month of graduating. He later used his experience of working in a start-up and the skills he gained on our course to set up his own digital business.

Our alumni take on a variety of roles in the music industry, from record label managers and live event promoters to digital publishers and professionals in indie label associations such as Association of Independent Music (AIM) and Worldwide Independent Network (WIN). Other career opportunities include, but are not restricted to, record company executives, positions in digital music platforms and services, digital marketing and distribution roles, publishing managers, tour managers, artist managers, strategy advisers, marketing and public relations 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.

Additional information

Our business and law undergraduate programmes are continuously improving and are currently under review for 2020-21 entry. Please apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and If there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our business and law courses to reflect the ever-changing landscape of the world of business and law.

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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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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