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BA (Hons)
Music and Live Events Management

Interested in managing venues, organising festivals and promoting events? This course will give you the skills needed for a successful career in the music and live events industry.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: NN28

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Developed in close consultation with the industry, this course is ideal for anyone interested in the management of music and live events. We’ll give you a firm understanding of this diverse business and cover the many challenges that it faces. You’ll also spend time exploring the social and cultural factors that affect the production and consumption of popular music.

What will this course cover?
The live sector of the music industry has exploded in recent years and there are now more festivals and gigs than ever before.

During this course you’ll develop solid business, marketing and management skills, allowing you to pursue a career in this fast-moving industry. You’ll learn about the unique nature of working in live music and look at a number of entrepreneurial approaches to the music business.

Making a living from music
Whether you go into self employment or work for a music company, the course ensures that you will leave the University ready to take your first steps in what is a competitive, exciting and rewarding industry.

Entrepreneurship is taught throughout this degree to give you the skills needed to work as a self-employed professional, or to launch your own business within music and live events.

Bucks pioneered music business and management degrees over 20 years ago. Having studied at Bucks you’ll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programmes and benefit from a leading team of lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the industry.

We also give you the opportunity to gain experience in Music abroad. In the second year, you can take a term out in one of our partner universities in Europe with Erasmus, a European exchange programme.

Event Management
From the start of your course you’ll be given the opportunity to plan and stage exciting events that you design and promote. You’ll also become part of our team that produces Bucks Live, our unique all day outdoor festival that has now been staged successfully for a number of years, and is produced and run by our students. In addition to all of this you will study specific industry areas such as Venue Management, Concert Promotion, Event Technology and many current and emerging issues in the live events industry.

MC9 Music
Bucks runs its own in-house music business company, MC9 Music Ltd. You’ll have the opportunity to work as part of this independent company, which allows students to put on events. This will give you first-hand experience working in a professional, real-time environment, working with a variety of different artists.

Excellent work experience opportunities
You’ll be able to take advantage of Bucks’ strong industry links to find excellent work experience opportunities. Previous students have had the opportunity to meet and network with leading industry experts through our regular industry and alumni guest talks, they have worked with major live events companies such as Festival Republic and SSE Wembley/AEG, and have visited iconic venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium. They have also experienced what it’s like to work on events such as the Reading, Creamfields, Isle of Wight, Leeds, Latitude, Hove (Norway) and Glastonbury Festivals.

Year One

  • The Music Industry Environment
  • Music Cultures
  • Principles of Music Marketing
  • Music Management Principles
  • It's Not All Rock'n'Roll
  • DIY Approaches in the Music Business
  • Music Industry Issues
  • License to Thrill

Year Two

  • The Music Entrepreneur
  • eCommerce in the Music Industry
  • Research Methods
  • Venue Management, Club and Concert Promotion
  • Intellectual Property & The Music Industry
  • Event Management

Year Three

  • Strategic Event Management
  • Music Industry Contracts
  • Digital Music Marketing
  • Mosh Pit Politics
  • Event Technology
  • Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

By the time you finish this degree you’ll have developed the relevant skills and knowledge for a successful career in the world of music, live events and entertainment. You’ll be qualified for work in tour management, festival organisation and event promotion. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue a career in stage and venue management or further your studies at postgraduate level.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

Working for industry names like Julie's Bicycle and Festival Republic gave me the opportunity to put my theoretical knowledge into practice.

Sarah Tschentscher

Though my course is event based, it's centred on the music management department, so with this degree you can still work anywhere in the music industry in terms of management, because the skills are transferable.

Danny Whitehead

I thought we would be left on our own at Uni and we wouldn't have as much support, but we definitely get extra help if we need it. They are always there for us.

Abbie Blunt

I went for coffee this morning with one of my tutors to talk about an issue I had with one of my modules I was confused about. If you have a problem they will help you out.

Rebecca Hailey

All of (our lecturers) still working in the industry which means that all of the teaching is still up to date.

Alex Pugh