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.
UCAS CODE: NN28
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.
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.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||360 hours|
|Independent learning:||840 hours|
Year 2: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||341 hours|
|Independent learning:||859 hours|
Year 3: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||318 hours|
|Independent learning:||882 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|80 percent coursework||20 percent written exams||0 percent practical|
|70 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
|80 percent coursework||15 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course 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.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Managing your Brand
- DIY: A Plan for Success
- Music Cultures and Marketing Principles
- Not Only Rock 'n' Roll
Year 2 Modules
- IP and the Music Industry
- Industry Issues 2
- Event Management / Live Project
- Venue Management and Concert Promotion (optional)
- Venue Management (and Concert Promotion) (optional)
- Music Entrepreneur
Year 3 Modules
- Research Methods
- Digital Music Marketing
- Mosh Pit Politics
- Music Industry Contracts
- Strategic Event Management
How much does it cost
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.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow