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Music and Management, MA

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MAFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 9750 per totalGBP 20500 per total
MAPart-time24 monthsSeptemberGBP 9750 per totalGBP 20500 per total

About Music and Management, MA - at University of Leeds

Combine your knowledge and skills in music with managerial training with this distinctive and diverse degree.

Taught by the School of Music and Leeds University Business School, this programme will allow you to specialise in an aspect of music that suits your interests and talents while gaining an insight into the principles and strategies of management across the creative industries. You'll also study modules designed specifically for this programme which bring music and management together, giving you the chance to connect with professionals in the music industry.

You could specialise in music management and promotion, performance, composition, music psychology, electronic and computer music or source studies while exploring strategic management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Whether you're looking to launch a management career in the music industry or you want to enhance your skills and promotion prospects, you'll learn from experts in both subjects to gain the diversity of skills to succeed.

We have a variety of excellent facilities to support your learning, including rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition. We also have good working relationships with a range of prestigious arts organisations: we host BBC Radio 3 concerts, Leeds Lieder and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, as well as enjoying a close partnership with Opera North and many others in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene.

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  • Course content

    The focus of the degree will be a major project: working with a tutor, most of our students devise a music and management project to combine and reflect upon music management theory and practice. This could include, for example, organising an event, acting as a consultant during a work placement you organise, or managing a musical group. Alternatively, you can complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    A core module throughout the year will introduce you to research methods in music, equipping you with the skills to support the rest of your studies. You'll also choose from optional modules to specialise in one of computer music, aesthetics, musicology, editing, psychology of music, performance, composition, artistic management or live music promotion.

    In both semesters you'll study core modules run by Leeds University Business School. These will introduce you to strategic management, marketing for managers and how businesses in the creative industries are actually run and managed, applying concepts and theories to understand the business models of media companies, as well as the impact of digital technologies and the rise of exciting new markets.

    If you choose to study part-time, you'll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Creative Industries Management 15 credits
    • Professional Studies 30 credits
    • Music and Management Project 60 credits
    • Live Music Management and Promotion 30 credits

    Optional modules

    You will choose 15 credits from Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation, and Intellectual Property Management, and complete your enrolment by choosing one module from the list below.

    • Individual Project 30 credits
    • Short Dissertation 30 credits
    • Instrumental or Vocal Recital 30 credits
    • Applied Performance Studies 30 credits
    • Audience Engagement and Impact 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Music and Management MA Full Time in the course catalogue

    For more information on typical modules, read Music and Management MA Part Time in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Because this programme is so diverse, you'll come across a range of teaching and learning methods. These will include lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as group learning. You'll also take instrumental or vocal lessons in some modules, depending on your choices. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to build a variety of skills and express your creativity

    Assessment

    You'll also be assessed using a range of methods, including presentations, bibliographic exercises, essays and group project work. LUBS modules may include written exams. Specialised music modules will also use relevant methods of assessment, such as compositions, recitals, critical editions and commentaries on musical sources.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in music or equivalent qualification.

    We will also consider other relevant professional experience if you can demonstrate a good level of musical understanding or practical experience.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Music admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component . For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
      or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    Application deadline

    We will consider applications from 1 October – 1 September.

    However, we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are planning to apply for external funding. You will usually be expected to have an offer of a place on a programme before you apply for funding. You may also need to leave time to make arrangements such as visa applications or relocating to Leeds.

    • Apply (Full time)
    • Apply (Part time)

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
     
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Documents and information you need

    Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you're still studying.

    Two academic references.

    If English is not your first language, you'll need to provide evidence of your English language qualification.

    If you want to take performance as your specialism in music, we need to see evidence of your performance standard. You can either audition in person or submit a recording on DVD, or a link to a video of your performance online.

    If you want to specialise in composition, please submit a recent composition (if score, no larger than A4) and recordings if you have them.

    These can include links to websites, Dropbox, Soundcloud ,or similar.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Music Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: £9,750 (total)

    International: £20,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    This programme will equip you with in-depth knowledge of economic and management issues, both within and beyond the music industry. It will also equip you with transferable skills in research, analysis, interpretation, communication, cultural and commercial awareness that are valuable to a wide range of employers.

    All of this will put you in a great position to succeed in the music industry, as well as other related areas of arts and creative industries management .

    We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music boasts a unique Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Related courses

    Applied Psychology of Music MA
    Critical and Applied Musicology MA
    Critical and Experimental Composition MMus
    Performance MMus
  • Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in Music.

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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