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MA International Music Business

Full Time - 12 Months (30 hours/week)
Part Time - 24 Months (15 hours/week)
Part Time - 36 Months (8 hours/week)

Streaming has changed the music industry out of all recognition. This course prepares students to innovate, start businesses, develop management careers and help lead the new music industry profitably and sustainably in the future. MA International Music Business combines up to the minute insights from active industry participants and leaders, with a strong theoretical knowledge of management and business, strategy and analysis. You will be mentored by current industry insiders and leading creative industries academics to help you achieve your goal.

You can choose one of three course formats from the short Postgraduate Certificate up to the full Master’s Degree.
  • Master of Arts – 180 credits 12 months full time
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits 9 months full time
  • Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits 4 months full time
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*Postgraduate degree application pack fee

Teaching Team

Our teaching staff are working professionals at the cutting edge of the industry. They’re successfully navigating the turbulent waters of a constantly changing world and passing on that knowledge and insight to you. They have made their way to the top, managing some of the world’s most innovative music companies. They are successful artists, writers, composers or Grammy award winning producers. They are music attorneys and award-winning academics.

Combine real-time professional insights into the music industry, with advanced business and management strategic theory, and you have a powerful combination.

How you learn:
  • Taught by top, current, industry insiders.
  • Thousands of video tutorials on demand.
  • Weekly one-to-one mentoring and tuition.
  • Live workshops and group sessions.
  • Challenging real-world project work.
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Anne Miller

Music Publishing

Phil Larsen

Music Production

Steve Cusack

Head of Label, Marketing & Promotions

Phil Passera

Artist Management

Dr. Susan Kinnear

Business & Management

Alex Mueller

Entertainment & Media Law
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That’s how most of our future students start: an informal conversation about where you are and where you want to be. No pressure, just getting to know you and how we might be able to help.

Get in touch with Tim Johnson the course manager (and film composer).

Course Structure


  • 3 x Core Modules
  • 3 x Elective Modules
  • Final Major Project or Dissertation

Core Modules (MA, PGDip and PGCert)

Elective Modules (MA and PGDip)

Choose three from:

Core Modules (MA Only)

Student Stories

Our students are working in every corner of the industry from features films and television, to video games and trailers. Setting out on their careers as composers, orchestrators and sound designers, they continue to receive active support finding and pitching for work in the months and years after graduation.

Our recent students have gone on to work at Mojang, Creative Assembly, Frontier, Dam Busters and many more. Our graduates have worked on the score for Spiderman PS4 and scored the latest Battlefield 1 Apocalypse trailer.
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Careers & Skills

This course prepares students for a career in the music industry, whether you want to pursue a career in management, performing rights organisation, or as an entrepreneur starting a music business including marketing and promotion, artist management or licencing. Maybe you want to develop your career as an artist, writer or composer. This course will give you the professional knowledge and advanced business and management perspective to achieve your career goals.

You will learn:
  • The new music industry and how it works.
  • Business analysis and strategy.
  • Copyright, contracts and negotiation.
  • Making money from digital, streaming, royalties and licencing.
  • Marketing and promotions.
  • Researching, developing and pitching a business plan
Plus much, much more!

Schedules (MA)

We offer 3 different schedules for the postgraduate degree, and students are able to pick which suits them best. Part time schedules are also available for PCCert and PGDip.

Full Time - 12 Months (30 hours/week)

Part Time - 24 Months (15 hours/week)

Part Time - 36 Months (8 hours/week)

These are estimates of the time a student will spend on each schedule. It will vary from student to student, depending on your rate of work. This includes live workshops, one-to-one tutorials, reading and watching the course materials, and time spent on assignment projects.

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MA course price:
PGDip course price:
PGCert course price:

UK and International students pay the same. Exact price is subject to exchange rate fluctuation for those paying in other currencies.

We offer interest-free payment plans where you can spread the cost of your course across the duration of your studies. The payment plan you are on depends on the schedule you are on.

Students will be required to pay a deposit on enrolling. For more information on this, visit the Student Finance page.

UK students maybe eligible for a government Postgraduate Student Loan of up to £11,222. PG Loans are only available on full the MA, not PG Dip or PG. Cert.

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Before applying for one of our courses, we highly recommend getting in contact first. It is useful for us to hear your current musical abilities, and this also allows you to ask any questions you may have about studying with us. Please get in contact at

To find out more about the application process, visit the Applications page.
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*Postgraduate degree application pack fee
ThinkSpace serves an incredibly valuable function by connecting the practice of media music from the industry with the newest research on the topic coming from university academics.

I would recommend Professional Media Composition to any composer who simply wants to be better at their job, whatever their experience level.

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