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.

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

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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:

  • Marketing for Aviation and Creative Industries
  • Music Scenes, Global Strategies
  • Introduction to Music Business
  • Streaming Royalties and Content Revenues
  • Music Publishing

Year 2 modules include:

  • Music Industry Management
  • Music and Entertainment Law
  • Skills, Methods and Analysis
  • Live Events Practice
  • Applied Research with Field Course
  • Open Language Programme Module
  • Extension of Knowledge Module

Year 3 modules include:

  • Music Marketing Strategy Lab
  • Artist and Repertoire
  • Digital Music Business Models 
  • Intellectual Property in the Entertainment Sector
  • Project Management 
  • Research Methods for Dissertations and Consultancy Projects 
  • Creative Industries and Events Policy

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.

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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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