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BA (Hons)
Music Management and Studio Production

If you want to be a record producer, this course will give you the skills needed to succeed. As well as compositional skills and technical studio knowledge, we will teach you how to develop talent, record music professionally and sell it to a commercial market.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: NJ29

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

If you’d like to become a record producer, production company manager or even a recording artist, this course will prepare you for a career in the music and entertainment industry. Substantial time will be spent in the studio where you’ll learn about recorded music applications and explore a number of processing techniques. You’ll develop relevant management skills and a firm understanding of the music business. This makes sure you’ll leave Bucks ready to hit the ground running in this competitive, exciting and rewarding industry.

What will this course cover?
The successful management of recording and production is still at the very heart of the UK music industry. During this course you’ll learn about the importance of intellectual property – the ownership of an idea – and develop a solid understanding of how to negotiate contracts. This ensures you know how a real living can be made from the music industry.

You’ll learn about the unique nature of dealing with recording artists and how to maximise the potential of compositions with a variety of recording techniques. Additionally, we will also spend time focusing on a number of DIY approaches to the music business.

Mastering the studio
In the studio we’ll teach you how to use Pro Tools professionally and look at how music is evolving through advanced technologies. You’ll develop an understanding of studio hardware, microphone characteristics, sound capture and mixing. We’ll also look at stereo effects, and ambient techniques, as well as composition and structure. This combined knowledge will allow you to pursue your chosen production style and maximise the potential of technology and acoustically treated environments.

Harnessing entrepreneurship
This course aims to harness and develop entrepreneurship, a key aspect in the music business. You’ll learn creative strategies, how to follow market trends and seek opportunities within them. These skills will enable you to enter the industry as a self-employed freelancer, or launch your own music venture.

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.

Our students have the opportunity to go on an Erasmus exchange for a semester 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.

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 worked with companies such as Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.

Bucks Industry Group Music
Our industry advisory group, BIGMusic, regularly reviews our music business and management courses. This ensures you graduate with up to date skills and knowledge relevant for today’s industry demands.

Industry standard studios
We have extensive and advance industry standard recording facilities at Bucks. This includes three main recording studios with separate vocal booths and live rooms as well as three professional edit suites.

Year One

  • The Music Industry Environment
  • Music Cultures
  • Principles of Music Marketing
  • Music Production Principles
  • Music Production Practice
  • DIY Approaches in the Music Business
  • Music Industry Issues
  • Managing Talent
  • The Chart Show
  • Writing Hit Songs

Year Two

  • Music Publishing
  • The Music Entrepreneur
  • Creativity & Commercialism
  • Research Methods
  • Studio Production Techniques
  • Intellectual Property & The Music Industry
  • Studio Production Process
  • Production Tools
  • Production Analysis

Year Three

  • Music Industry Contracts
  • Digital Music Marketing
  • Music Cultures: Theory and Debates
  • Creative Strategies
  • Production Company Project
  • Library Music for the Media
  • 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. You are also required to attend an interview.

Whilst it is not an absolute requirement for students to be 'musically trained', it is expected that you will be either a self taught, or trained musician/singer, with at least some experience of either recording or performance.

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?

As well as helping you set up your own production company, this course will prepare you to work in a number of areas such as music production for music charts, production company management, artist management and performance. You’ll also be able to explore employment opportunities in film advertising, or further your studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
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. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

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

Bucks is close to London and the heart of the music industry. The course gave me a solid production grounding and it opened my eyes to what the business side of things was really all about.  

Neil Marron