Music Business (BA Hons)


Music Business

BA (Hons)

Be a music professional from day one

Use cutting-edge ideas to create real-world revenue.

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Unique opportunities

From student professional to career professional.

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From one-off shows to big music festivals, you will develop and launch music products and artists.

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Our students run their own tour in Europe, performing to music fans in cities across the continent.

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Work closely with other media students managing projects such as BBC Introducing sessions.

Exceptional new facilities

Modern studios, media suites and broadcast theatres.

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Learn from the best in the industry

Tom Soper

Tom Soper

Academic Course Leader for Music Business

'I'm a pianist, songwriter-producer and DJ with a love of vinyl records, pop and funk/soul music whose music has been broadcast on the BBC, ITV, Sky TV and Virgin and licensed to compilations and artists such as Fatboy Slim's Live at Bondi Beach.'

Tom uses his experience and connections to bring you the latest in current industry practice. He uses his experience managing a record label to teach on label and rights management, music technology and more.

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Real world experience

Join Matt as he effortlessly manages a packed-out gig.

Course Details

Use cutting-edge ideas to create real-world revenue, exploring creative approaches to income generation and sustainability

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Course outline

This is a contemporary music business degree that applies leading-edge technologies and ideas to develop a multi-skilled and entrepreneurial approach to new business, globally and locally. You will learn how to run and manage live music events, create video marketing, build online promotion, and develop and launch music products. You will gain specialist knowledge in music finance, law, arts management, emergent technologies and applied business practice, as well as developing audience and market solutions for music in commercial, civic and social contexts.

Our lecturers use their extensive professional networks and experiences to bring you the very latest in current practice. They have worked at the BBC, Sony, Universal Music and Hospital Records, and maintain good working relationships within the sector. Throughout your degree, they will support you to develop the management skills needed to work in the fast-moving and varied music industry.

Housed in our modern Media Centre, you will have access to modern studios, media suites and broadcast theatres. You will also work closely with other media students, managing collaborative and large-scale projects such as BBC Introducing sessions.

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Study style

Benefit from a mixture of practical sessions, lectures, group work and work placements. Assessment is by 96% coursework.


  • Music business entrepreneur
  • Event manager
  • Digital content manager
  • Marketer and promoter
  • Artist manager

Study mode

Full-Time or Placement


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeN291
Single Honours - 4 years placementN292

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