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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)

Our master’s in music business is a springboard to a successful career in the music industry. Whether you are looking to build a management career, start your own business or simply want to find out how to get a job in the music business, this innovative online master’s degree will change your outlook and give you the knowledge and skills to succeed.

You will be taught by top music industry professionals actively working at the cutting edge of the business. From A&R to music publishing, sync licensing to artists management, what you learn will give you a competitive advantage in music industry management.

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Teaching Team

Our teaching staff are world-class professionals at the cutting edge of the global music 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 industry leaders, marketing executives, artist managers, publishers and start-up execs, music lawyers and producers.

Combine real-time professional insights into the music industry, with advanced business and management strategic theory, and this MA in International Music Business is 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

GRAMMY Award winning producer

Steve Cusack

Head of Business Development, 3Tone Records

Phil Passera

Artist Management

Dr. Susan Kinnear

Business & Management

Alex Mueller

Entertainment & Media Law
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Course Structure


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

Core Modules (MA, PGDip and PGCert)

Elective Modules (MA and PGDip)

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Core Modules (MA Only)

Careers & Skills

What careers does a master’s in music management lead to?
The powerful combination of state-of-the-industry inside knowledge and a strong theoretical basis in management and business can lead to a successful career, either by starting your own music business or by climbing the management ladder in the wider music industry.
Competitive Advantage
All students will come away with a detailed knowledge of copyright, contracts, and the royalty system, which is the foundation of much of the industry. This kind of up-to-date information is surprisingly hard to come by, and this will by itself give all our graduates a competitive advantage in any music industry job interview. Alongside the confidence you will have from knowing exactly how the industry really works, understanding and being familiar with the language and way of thinking, you will stand out from the crowd and be in a much stronger position than other applicants.
Subject specific knowledge of things like digital music marketing, social media and promotion will lead directly to any number of careers in the music industry, such as marketing and promotions executive. Other possibilities like artist management and sync licencing are both new and fertile areas of employment to start a new business.
Management and Business Theory
Combine all these practical and professional insights with strong theoretical knowledge and you are in a very strong position. A master’s degree is an advanced academic qualification. Management theory will give you a framework to build and test your ideas from strategic management and data analytics to leadership and business planning. You will have the strategic vision maximise your potential and rise to the top, whether that’s starting your own business or running a larger organisation.

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

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 PgCert 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:
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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 upon enrolling. For more information on this, visit the Student Finance page.

UK students may be 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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