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BA (Hons)
Music Business

The UK is a leading producer of world class music talent. We have a strong and vibrant music business that develops and supports artists and this course is aimed at giving you the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully enter this exciting world. Whether you’re interested in managing artists, working for record labels or the business of songs, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to build a successful career in the music industry.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: N290

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Whether you’re interested in managing artists, working for record labels or the business of songs, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to build a successful career in the music industry.

This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain the relevant expertise to work in the music business. It covers a broad range of music industry areas allowing you to develop your knowledge to help you gain employment across a variety of music business roles. It will also equip you with many key entrepreneurial skills to give you the option of building your own business from scratch. Whatever your ideal career path, this degree course will give you a comprehensive overview of the music business.

What will this course cover?

During your degree, you will develop solid business, marketing and management skills, allowing you to pursue many careers in this rapidly evolving industry. Key business modules will look at music publishing, the global music industry and the consumption of popular music. Key marketing modules will cover digital marketing, social media marketing and public relations.

Management skills will be addressed by modules covering classic management theory, how to develop as a music entrepreneur and how to manage creative talent. You'll also spend time focusing on legal issues such as intellectual property and music industry contracts. You will also be encouraged to develop other key skills such as communication and negotiation to allow you to demonstrate a portfolio of relevant skills to equip you to successfully enter the music business.

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 music business. Regular guest speakers are invited in to Bucks to share their knowledge and experience with you on subjects such as the art of songwriting, social media marketing and music publishing.

Our students have the opportunity to go on an Erasmus exchange for a term during their second year. Our partner institutions are based in the USA and in Holland and Sweden and have excellent connections to the music industries in their respective countries.

You’ll also 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. Students have gained valuable work experience with record companies, music publishers and marketing/PR agencies.

Year One

  • Music Brand Development
  • The Music Industry Environment
  • Principles of Music Marketing
  • Music Management Principles
  • Music Management & Social Psychology
  • DIY Approaches in the Music Business
  • Music Industry Issues
  • Managing Talent

Year Two

  • Public Relations for the Music Industry
  • Music Publishing
  • The Music Entrepreneur
  • Fan Cultures
  • eCommerce in the Music Industry
  • Research Methods
  • Intellectual Property & The Music Industry

Year Three

  • Music Industry Contracts
  • Digital Music Marketing
  • Music Cultures: Theory and Debates
  • Global Markets, Local Cultures
  • Leadership, Management & Popular Music
  • Creative Strategies
  • 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
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

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 bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

When you finish this degree you’ll be qualified to follow a number of career paths in the music business. Record label management, artist management, marketing and promotions will all be an option, as will music publishing and royalty collection and organisation.

You’ll also be well suited for roles in sponsorship businesses and within music industry bodies. Entrepreneurship is taught throughout the degree course to give you the skills needed to launch your own business within the music industry. Alternatively, you may choose to further your studies at postgraduate level.

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 a good leader. 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.


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