• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: February and September 2019 and February 2020

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.

BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management scored 100% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.


More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placement Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special Skills for Work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


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.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. 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.

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


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, February 2019: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, February 2019: £11,000 per year

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

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

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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.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.

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