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Music Business (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Music Business (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree is a four-year course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect start to your university education if you’re interested in studying music business at undergraduate level but you’re unable to meet the entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard degree.

On graduation you’ll be well-prepared to enter an exciting career in the music and entertainment industry.

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More about this course

The foundation year of this music business course will provide a general introduction to business and is shared with some of our other business-related foundation year courses.

You will then go on to study more specialised aspects of music business in Year 1, 2 and 3. We’re one of the first institutions to provide hands-on experience of music business while also teaching you about digital strategies, business models and digital royalties.

Exploring music management in the digital age, you’ll study the same course content as our students on the traditional three-year Music Business BA (Hons) degree, graduating from the degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional course.

As well as having the opportunity to develop your business and management expertise during your classes, we supplement your learning with access to our very own business incubator, Accelerator. Accelerator provides advice, support, networks, knowledge and resources to help you turn your business idea into reality.

This is the ideal degree to propel you into a career in the music industry, but should you decide during your foundation year that you’d like to specialise in a different area of business, there is also some flexibility to allow you to do this.


Assessments on the course include business reports, essays, individual and group research projects and a final year project.

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Course type
UCAS code W303
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Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

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.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules:

  • Development for Success in Business
  • Orientation for Success in Higher Education
  • The Context of Business
  • Using and Managing Data and Information

Example Year 1 modules:

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

Example Year 2 modules:

  • 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

Example Year 3 modules:

  • 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 four-year degree is designed to improve your employment prospects within the music and entertainment industry.

Our graduates have gone on to take up roles as event promoters, record label managers and digital publishers. Some have also gone on to work in indie label associations such as the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN).

However, career opportunities on graduation are broad and could include roles in digital marketing, public relations and distribution as well as positions such as tour manager, artist manager and strategy adviser.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

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

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.

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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