Music Business BA (Hons)

UCAS code W3N1
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This dynamic course will provide you with the experience and knowledge to gain a career in the music business. You will benefit from real opportunities, experienced and dedicated staff and strong industry links.

Studying at one of the best equipped facilities in Scotland you will be prepared for working in various sectors of the music industries. Alongside your studies you will have the opportunity to gain experience working in event/festival management, music conference management, digital marketing and with record labels and arts organisations. Our students are regularly offered placements and employment opportunities throughout the course.

The teaching team, based at Perth College UHI, are all active in their disciplines and, as a result, have strong links with current employers in the music industries within the UK and further afield. These links enhance the educational experience, and provide a valuable insight into the contemporary music industries. Students will also benefit from a guest speakers programme that has previously included Keith Harris (Stevie Wonder’s manager), Universal Music, Columbia Records, BBC Radio One, Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and Andy Dunlop (Twin Atlantic’s tour manager).

Special features

  • You will study and develop your skills at Perth College UHI, in their state-of-the-art music facilities
  • Includes real life scenarios of music industry situations
  • The course includes artist management and releasing of commercial music
  • The course team has strong links with music businesses across the UK
  • You will learn how to establish your own music business
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements across Scotland and the rest of the UK

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, HNC is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level  at grade D or above
  • Entry to year two of the degree, DipHE, is the HNC Music Business, or similar HNC from other colleges with a B in Graded Unit
  • You will also have to undertake an interview to assess your passion for the music industry
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - HNC

HNC Music Business

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Creative industries analysis
  • Marketing in music and popular culture
  • Contemporary music industry law
  • Creative project

Option modules include, but are not limited to:

  • Audio for multimedia
  • Live audio productions
  • Multitrack studio techniques
  • Recording technology for popular musicians
  • Digital music industries
  • Music industry touring

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Event management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Music marketing and distribution in a digital world
  • Themed research project

Option modules include, but are not limited to:

  • Live event audio
  • Multi-track mixdown techniques
  • Transmedia applications
  • Teaching and learning practice
  • Music publishing and IPR law
  • Managing and leadership
  • Song writing (context and process)
  • Screen composition
  • Audio for multimedia
  • Live audio productions
  • Multitrack studio techniques
  • Second study 1
  • Recording technology for popular musicians
  • Digital music industries
  • Music industry training

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules include:

  • A major project
  • Personal employability strategy
  • Global music markets
  • Research paper
  • Dissertation

Option modules include, but are not limited to:

  • Live audio systems
  • Music production techniques
  • Sound design for fixed media
  • Digital business
  • Social media campaign management
  • Final composition project
  • Community placement project
  • Live event audio
  • Multi-track mixdown techniques
  • Transmedia applications
  • Teaching and learning practice
  • Music publishing and IPR law
  • Managing and leadership
  • Song writing (context and process)
  • Screen composition
  • Second study 2

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, practical workshops and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £1,340 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £1,340 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free** £1,340 (per 20 credit module)

**4th (Honours) year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

 

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time***
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The BA (Hons) Music Business provides the flexibility to focus on your individual interests and develop the necessary employability skills required for a successful career in the music industry. Roles and areas of work are varied and may include:

  • Artist manager, promoter, live agent, entrepreneur, marketing manager, event or festival management, digital distribution, tour management, social media management, public relations, recors labels and publishing

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Music Business BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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