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University of Gloucestershire
Undergraduate

Music Business BA (Hons)

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Study type
Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Campus
Park, Cheltenham
UCAS Code
N291

Course overview

This is a fast-moving and exciting degree, designed to help you develop a multi-skilled, enterprising approach to new music business.

You’ll learn how to run live music events, develop and manage artists, conduct sophisticated promotional campaigns and launch your own new music enterprises. You’ll gain specialist knowledge in music law and copyright, artist management, emergent technologies, music business and enterprise, and build your own professional network from day one.

The Media Centre gives you access to modern studios, rehearsal spaces, media suites and broadcast theatres. You’ll work closely with media, tech and arts students, managing collaborative and large-scale projects such as BBC Introducing sessions, Summer festival stages and European tour events.

The course is packed with professional experience opportunities. These come as standard and will lead you into every corner of the  UK music industry.

Study style

Music Business at University of Gloucestershire is highly practical and coursework-based. You’ll benefit from a mixture of workshops and practical sessions, lectures/seminars and industry work placements – with coursework making up 96% of your assessment.

You’ll also have the choice of whether to pursue a three-year degree with short work placement opportunities embedded, or to opt for four years and add a full year work placement between your second and final years of study.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham N291 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham N291 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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Careers

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

Graduates from this course can go on to work as an artist manager, events and tour manager, new music business entrepreneur and digital content manager. There is also the opportunity to work in a variety of roles within major record labels and publishers and across the UK’s world-beating independent sector.

Industry, award-winning lecturers

We have a wealth of industry, award-winning lecturers at the University. They have been involved in musical direction for Blur and Gorillaz, music production for Broken (2013) and 8 Minutes Idle (2012), producers for Sony and Universal and BAFTA award winners.

We recently welcomed, musician, audio-visual artist and events promoter, Teddy Hunter to the Music and Sound team. Teddy has performed live on the BBC’s Horizons: The Sessions and also won the ‘Green Man Rising’ award in 2021 at Green Man Festival.

Collaborate with professionals

Work with producers and artists and use our leading-edge technologies to develop a broad range of skills ready for a career in music business.

"I'm a pianist, songwriter-producer and DJ with a love of vinyl records"

Tom’s 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.’

He 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.

Tom Soper, Academic Course Leader for Music Business

Learn in industry-standard facilities

Housed in our fully-equipped Media Centre you’ll have access to production and design labs, recording and edit-rooms, broadcast and screening theatres.

Placements

As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

 

 

"I gained valuable experience managing successful Popular Music student Demi Marriner"

Demi’s debut EP entered the iTunes Country Album chart at number one while still at university.

“Demi and I worked together during the Amsterdam tour and we were successful in getting two stations to play Demi’s music and promote her music. I also researched some open mic nights and had Demi invited to one where the house band liked her so much they got on stage to perform with her after she finished her solo set. The night was a total success!”

Gwenllian Thomas, Music Business student

Emilie finds her calling at London music and tech start-up Blokur

Emilie graduated from the Music Business (MMM) course in 2019 and currently works as a marketing associate for Blokur, a music and tech start-up in London.

Emilie first heard about Blokur during a Music Cultures and Economies lecture and reached out to them to ask for a week of work experience with the company. She was invited to do so and having wished the week wouldn’t come to an end, later reached out again to Blokur after University to apply for an internship, as she felt she wanted to see where the amazing projects would lead to.

Emilie Peterson, Music Business student

Music Business graduate

UoG graduates take top honours at OMG Awards

Music Business graduate, Rebecca Rees, won UK Music’s Outstanding MAP Graduate Award 2021 while fellow School of Creatives graduate, Kane Peters, took the runner-up spot. Both were recognised for their innovative work around festival environmental sustainability which was adopted by Live Nation and used at UK pilot festivals over the summer.

Rebecca, who now works in the Digital Team at Polydor (Universal Music Group), said: “The lecturers at University of Gloucestershire have helped to distil a resilient curiosity in me that will stay with me throughout what I hope to be a compelling career in music.”

The Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards (OMGs) are given to the most dynamic, innovative and ground-breaking students to come through a Music Academic Partnership (MAP) institute.

Photo credit: LCCM

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