This programme trains music performers to manage themselves. Whether you’re a musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, beat-maker or DJ, you’ll learn how to develop and manage yourself as a brand and business as well as gaining a broad understanding of the operations of the current Music industry.
What will this course cover?
Created for today's new DIY music environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st century.
There will be a strong focus on online digital promotion, marketing techniques as well as learning about music publishing, contracts, intellectual property and entrepreneurship.
There will a strong emphasis on the analysis of music through the study of genres, a unique A&R module and performance workshops run by experienced music industry professionals where you will receive mentoring on how to improve aspects of your music.
You will spend time in the studio exploring production techniques and in your third year, learn how to set up your own production company.
A pioneering music degree
Developed in conjunction with the industry, this course covers the most important aspects required for individuals to manage themselves in today's ever-evolving industry.
We also offer this programme on a part-time basis, designed to fit around the performance commitments of students.
Develop your entrepreneurial skills
This course aims to harness and develop entrepreneurship, a key aspect in the music business. You'll learn creative strategies and how to make the most of business opportunities. These skills will enable you to navigate the industry successfully as a self-managed music performance artist.
UCAS CODE: WN32
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.
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.
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 placement opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies such as Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.
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. You are also required to attend an audition.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Year 1 Modules
- DIY Approaches in the Music Business
- Music Production Practice
- Music Production Principles
- Principles of Music Marketing
- Professional Performance Context
- The Chart Show
- The Music Industry Environment
Year 2 Modules
- Music Publishing
- Production Analysis
- Professional Performance Practice
- Studio Production Process
- Studio Production Techniques
- The Music Entrepreneur
- eCommerce in the Music Industry
Year 3 Modules
- A&R Delivering Content for the Music Industry
- Digital Music Marketing
- Production Company Project
- Professional Performance Management
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow