BA (Hons) Professional Music (Music Business) Top-Up

The course is designed for those interested in music business with a choice of areas they can for specialist in during their Professional Project such as event management, music business, songwriting and composition.

Equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree, this course is designed to follow on from studying a music-related foundation degree, HND or similar course.

  • Tuition, advice and guidance from industry mentors
  • Network and collaborate with fellow musicians and like-minded people
  • Gain a working in-depth knowledge of how business and music operate
  • Use your existing work or personal projects and apply them to elements of the course
  • Expand your career prospectus and portfolio

For Industry Professionals:
We offer the opportunity to fast-track students with industry experience (5+ years) onto the BA (Hons). We map your previous experience against the two years of the foundation degree allowing you to progress straight onto the final year and achieve a full BA (Hons) in one year.

How long will it last?

Full time 2 x 12 week semesters
Part-time 3 x 12 week semesters

Entry Requirements

All Applicants will need relevant experience and skill in performance. Plus 5+ years professional industry experience OR Foundation degree or equivalent qualification in relevant subject.

What subjects will I study?

Work under the supervision of an assigned industry mentor to plan, organise and create a professional project in either solo performance, songwriting, music production, dissertation, event management or composition. Project options:

• Performance – 45minute solo/accompanied performance
• Music Technology/Production – 30 minute portfolio of studio-quality recordings
• Songwriting – 30 minute portfolio of original songs
• Composition – 30 minute portfolio of original composition
• Events Management – Planning and management of a commercial event.
• Dissertation – 12-16,000 word dissertation on a research topic of your choice

EMPLOYABILITY AND ENTERPRISE IN MUSIC (20 credit) Conceive an idea for a music event and then make it a reality. You will manage all aspects of the event including promotion, finance, health and safety, organisation and evaluation.

Plan, create and promote a feasible music product of your choice, such as CD, book, teaching practice or masterclass service. You will create a business plan showing market research and product development alongside creating a website to promote the product.

Students will develop the music industry business skills, methodologies necessary to manage the legal, reporting, financial, economic, personnel (human resources), interpersonal and sales & marketing issues that face contemporary music business professionals.


You will have the opportunity to research music used in animation, film, TV or gaming, where you will then compose and record a soundtrack for a piece of moving image of your choice.


This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore a critical and contemporary theme in the performing arts and incorporate this into the planning, staging and evaluation of an event.

What happens next?

Following successful completion, you may progress to post-graduate level study e.g. MA and Cert Ed programs.

Fees and Funding

Fees per academic year are £6165.

£3,083 per semester (2) for full-time study
£2,055 per semester (3) for part-time study.

Subject to eligibility you can apply for a student loan to cover fees.

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