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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 2020 National Student Survey, 91% of our Music Business students said that the course gave them good opportunities to collaborate with other students.

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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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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

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, it is possible for you to complete the first year of our Business Management (including foundation year) BA (Hons) and then transfer to this course. The generic business foundation year will equip you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to excel at university, plus the necessary academic credits to progress onto this three-year Music Business BA (Hons) course. 

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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a 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.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 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.

Where this course can take you

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.

Continuing your studies with us

The Guildhall School of Business and Law also has a range of industry-linked postgraduate courses available on a full-time and part-time basis in business management, tourism and events, marketing and fashion, law and human resources. These courses would be ideal for postgraduate progression:

If you've already studied your undergraduate degree with us, as a graduate of London Met, you'll be entitled to a 20% discount on any further study with us.

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.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

September 2021: If you’re a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status and want to study full-time from September, you can apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international applicant or want to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're from the UK, or you're from the EU and have settled or pre-settled status, apply through Clearing for courses starting in September 2021 – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2022

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you're applying for a degree starting in January/February, you can apply directly to the University.



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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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