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BA (Hons)
Music and Live Events Management

Interested in managing venues, organising music festivals and promoting Live Music events? This outstanding course will give you the skills needed for a successful career in the exciting world of Music Event Management.

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 distinctive course is ideal for anyone interested in Music Event Management. 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 the UK is recognised as a World Leader in the delivery of Live Music at festivals, outdoor stadia, arenas, theatres and a huge range of venues across the country.

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

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 thrilling, exciting and rewarding industry.

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 expert lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the music industry.

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 the framework that underpins the Live Music industry and delve further into specific Live Music industry areas such as Venue Management, Concert Promotion, Event Technology and many current and emerging issues in Music Event Management.

Students have visited iconic venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Koko and Wembley Stadium and have had the opportunity to meet and network with leading industry experts through our regular guest talks that have featured speakers from Wembley Arena, Festival Republic, O2, The Police and Licensing Authorities, The Royal Albert Hall, security consultants for Leeds & Latitude Festival, artists, artists agents and managers, tour managers and record company executives.

Work Experience

In addition to the structured curriculum, in recent years our students have enjoyed amazing opportunities at world-class venues such as SSE Arena Wembley. During the summer months many of our students can be found working at a range of major music festivals in specific roles that are offered in partnership with industry contacts. These have included Latitude Festival, Download, Creamfields, Electric Daisy Carnival, Wireless, V Festival, T in the Park, BBC Proms in the Park, Penn Festival, Leeds Festival and many of the Let’s Rock Festivals around the UK. In addition to this a structured internship at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, part of the market leading Ambassador Theatre Group, commenced in 2016.

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 with Erasmus, a worldwide exchange programme.

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?

Successful Bucks graduates can look forward with confidence to a career in the world of live music, event management and entertainment. You’ll be qualified for work in event marketing and promotion, festival organisation and tour management. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue a career in stage and venue Management or further your studies at postgraduate level.

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 live music and events management.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. You will become adept at networking and confident to pitch yourself.

We support work experience for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise. By the time you graduate, you will have a wealth of transferable skills giving you more diverse career choices.

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