Music Business (BA Hons)

Clearing 2020 is open

Clearing 2020 is open

Music Business

BA (Hons)

Clearing is open

Music Business (BA Hons)

Places available

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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

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Course outline

Our Music Business BA (Hons) course scored 94% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.

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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Music Cultures and Economies' to 'Music Law and Copyright'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement information

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on


  • Music business entrepreneur
  • Event manager
  • Digital content manager
  • Marketer and promoter
  • Artist manager
  • Roles with major labels and publishers and in the UK's independent sector
  • Events / Tour Management
  • Marketing Specialist

Study mode



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


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

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We may be able to offer you a place on this course, even if you don't meet the entry requirements specified in the box below. Call us on 03330 432414 to find out more and discuss your options.

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

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.

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

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeN291
BA (Hons) - 4 years placementN292

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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