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.
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.
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: 29 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||352 hours|
|Independent learning:||848 hours|
Year 2: 31 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||367 hours|
|Independent learning:||833 hours|
Year 3: 29 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||349 hours|
|Independent learning:||851 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.
Please note: The percentages below 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.
|75 percent coursework||10 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
|80 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||20 percent practical|
|85 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
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.
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
- Music Cultures and Marketing Principles
- Introduction to Recording and Pro-Tools
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
- 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