MA in Music Business Management


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Program Description

Course summary

This course is highly regarded in both music business education and the industry at large. It will prepare you to become one of the next generations of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs. All teaching staff on the course are currently working in the music industry, and every week there are a number of high-level industry guests. You will need to be a self-motivated and open-minded student, as this is an intense course, but one which can help you to progress your career across a wide range of music business disciplines.
Working with music industry leaders and organisations, the course has developed a unique curriculum. You will be able to combine a strong underpinning of key business skills (entrepreneurialism, leadership, organisational management, and marketing with essential music industry management knowledge (strategic innovation technology, intellectual property and copyright) and academic concepts and theories relevant to the industry today.
Formal teaching is conducted through sessions which each include a formal lecture, industry guest speaker and seminar exercises. Each of the six modules has a minimum of two assignments. The final project (equivalent to three modules) is a report of a minimum of 12,000 words.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

  • Artist Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright Management
  • Live Music Management
  • Music Business Management Final Project
  • Music Industry Structures
  • Music Marketing and Technology

Entry Requirements

Applications are considered on the basis of either a combination of formal qualifications and experience or significant industry experience. Applicants should be able to demonstrate some experience of working in the music industry, an aptitude for music business management and an enthusiasm for learning more about music and related industries. Applicants with formal qualifications should have a minimum of an Upper Second Class undergraduate degree.

If English is your second language you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 6.5 in each element.


Graduate employment

Course graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of creative industries, from mobile marketing through to the Arts Council. Many of our graduates are working in the music industry, with companies including Apple, Spotify Universal, Sony Music, Pledge Music, Kobalt, Shazam and PIAS. Our international students are working around the globe in music and music –tech-related companies, including EMI Holland, PIAS European office and Outdustry in mainland China.

Today's music industry organisations need graduates with both strong degrees and skills relevant to the workplace. The MA Music Business Management course is committed to developing employable graduates by ensuring that:

  • Career development skills are embedded in the course
  • Opportunities for internships, placements and work-related learning activities are available to students
  • Our staff links with employers in all areas of the music industry and their willingness to come to the university and give guest talks enable students to network with potential employers in class and in social situations to make important contacts and strengthen their employability skills.
  • Alumni keep in close contact with the course, often returning to deliver guest speeches and meet and network with students. This strong “community of learning” assists with recruitment and internship opportunities.

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less