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

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

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.

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 placement opportunities. Previous students have worked with companies such as Sony, Sennheiser and Universal Music.

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: 31 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 372 hours
Independent learning: 828 hours

Year 2: 37 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 445 hours
Independent learning: 755 hours

Year 3: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 340 hours
Independent learning: 860 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

60 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 25 percent practical

Year 2

75 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 25 percent practical

Year 3

85 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 15 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. You are also required to attend an audition.

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

  • DIY: A Plan for Success
  • Professional Performance Context

Year 2 Modules

  • Music Publishing
  • Professional Performance Practice
  • Audio Production Techniques: Studio
  • The Music Entrepreneur
  • e-Commerce for the Music Industry

Year 3 Modules

  • Research Methods
  • A&R
  • Digital Music Marketing
  • Dissertation
  • Production Company Project
  • Professional Performance 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

By the time you finish this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the music industry. You’ll have gained an insight into the various aspects of the business and be able to professionally manage yourself as a musician and performer which is especially important now as record labels and music business executives expect artists to develop their careers before they become involved.

Music management graduates have found employment in a wide range of areas including commercial and public radio, record labels, artist management companies, royalty collection, venue management, festivals and events. Alternatively, you may choose to further your studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
This programme trains music performers to manage themselves. Whether you are a musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, beat-maker or DJ, you'll learn how to develop and manage yourself as an artist, a brand and a business.

Created for today's new DIY music environment, this innovative degree has been uniquely designed for music performers of the 21st Century. Developed in conjunction with the industry this course is the first of its kind in Europe and designed for the new breed of artists; it covers the most important aspects for individuals to manage themselves in this rapidly evolving industry. You'll have access to our industry standard rehearsal and recording studios, and benefit from our leading team of lecturers who have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the music industry.

There will be a strong focus on artist development, online digital marketing and promotion as all artists nowadays have to develop their careers before record labels and music business executives show interest. There is a strong emphasis on contextualising your music through the study of different genres, music production analysis (via the study of seminal artist albums) as well as a groundbreaking unique A&R module and workshops run by an experienced music industry professional where you will receive group and individual mentoring on how to improve aspects of your music and creativity.

You'll explore a variety of different marketing techniques as well as learning about contracts, music publishing, intellectual property and how to develop entrepreneurship, a key aspect in the music business. These skills will enable you to navigate the industry more successfully as a self-managed performance artist and brand.

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. Music management graduates have also found employment in a wide range of areas including radio, record labels, artist management companies, venue management, festivals and events.

By the time you finish this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the music industry as well as gaining a clear insight into the various aspects of the business and be able to professionally manage yourself as a musician and performer.

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