• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

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.

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.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

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: 355 hours
Independent learning: 845 hours

Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 354 hours
Independent learning: 846 hours

Year 3: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 315 hours
Independent learning: 885 hours

Assessment

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.

Year 1

55 percent coursework 30 percent written exams 15 percent practical

Year 2

85 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 15 percent practical

Year 3

75 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 0 percent practical

Feedback

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.

Course Modules

Module Map

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
  • Dissertation
  • Mosh Pit Politics
  • Music Industry Contracts
  • Strategic Event Management

Fees

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.

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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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Employability

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.

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