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Music Business BA(Hons)

Master the skills to take the music industries by storm.

Key details
Penryn Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Full-time / Professional Placement
Subject to validation during this academic year

Course overview

This course is new for entry year 2024

The contemporary music industries are dynamic and fast-paced, and in need of confident, creative thinkers to define their sustainable and ethical future. On this rigorous, hands-on Music Business degree, you’ll develop an innovative and future-facing practice which will enable you to thrive in the UK and global entertainment sectors.  

Learning from industry insiders, you’ll explore artist management, marketing, recording, publishing and distribution as you develop the skills to promote new releases and bring live experiences to fans. With exciting opportunities for collaboration with other students in The Academy of Music & Theatre Arts (AMATA) and across the University, you’ll explore emerging strategies and produce entrepreneurial and industry-level projects that will make your graduate portfolio stand out from the crowd.  

You will:

  • AMATA is buzzing with emerging artists and bands eager to make their name known – and you might be the one to make it happen. 
  • Benefit from purpose-built, world-class facilities with space for gigs, recording, rehearsals and business planning. 
  • Work on live projects guided by business and music industry specialists. 
  • Collaborate with students including video makers, photographers, fashion and graphic designers, dancers and choreographers. 

Course details

As part of Falmouth’s Music Business course community, you will develop a professional and critical understanding of the music industry environment across both recorded studio productions and live events.  

Supported by lecturers who have worked across the entire breadth of the industry, you’ll immerse yourself in the histories and futures of the music business, exploring varied environments, cultures and practices.  

You will embark on a journey through music publishing, copyright legislation, social media, music recording and distribution, and will put your newly acquired knowledge into practice on collaborative live projects.  

You'll learn how to manage artists and organisations, as well as developing key self-management, digital marketing and leadership skills. You’ll also get to grips with contracts and intellectual property (IP), and ethical and sustainable practices for music business.  

In your first year you will explore the foundations and contexts of contemporary music business practice. You’ll investigate approaches to managing yourself, other people and organisations and resources, and dive deep into the artists and repertoire (A&R) process to understand creative processes and development. You’ll study the structures, shapes and roles in the music business and understand the industry’s economics. You’ll put on your first live event, having learned about the live music business and how to market artists and products effectively and ethically.  


The Music Industry Environment

Explore the breadth and scope of the music business – from live to synchronisation – and how these sectors work together organisationally and financially. 

Management: Organisations, Artists & Self

Learn management theory and practice and how it relates to managing artists, organisations, information and yourself. 

A&R and Creativity

Explore the concept of creativity as both a musical act and a practical discipline and apply the skills in A&R.  

Music & Sound: Contexts and Cultures

Understand the social and cultural contexts in which music and music businesses exist and analyse them from a variety of critical positions. 


Collaborating with students on Fashion Marketing BA(Hons), you will learn to first analyse brands and branding and then build your own. 

Live Production Management

Learn how to design, plan and run live events as you produce a live show at AMATA in collaboration with Sustainable Festival Management BA(Hons) students.  

In year two, you’ll develop and understanding of contracts and negotiations and how IP is at the heart of the music business. You’ll explore the digital world as well as physical products and formats, and how genre worlds and fan cultures play a part in the products that are produced. You'll collaborate on projects and debate the differences in the DIY and corporate spaces. 


The Business of Music and Sound 

Learn about intellectual property, contracts and negotiation, and how the money from IP moves around the different sectors of the music business. 

The Business of Things 

Explore the different physical formats, such as vinyl and cassettes, and merchandise in a variety of contexts and learn to design sustainable merchandising campaigns and physical format releases. 

Promotion (Optional) 

Explore the promotional aspects of the entertainment sector alongside with Fashion Marketing BA(Hons) students. 

Project Management 

Learn the theories and practices necessary to plan and run projects with business students and festival and event managers. 

Collaborative Working 

Understand collaborative working strategies and skills in the music business. 

Music & Sound: Resonant Futures 

Further explore different cultural understandings of music contexts and possible futures for sectors in the music business. 


Learn the systems, processes, legal and financial elements of the fastest growing sector of the music business. 

You can choose to take an optional professional placement after your second year on a three-year programme.

You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the Employability team. 

Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. 

How you’ll study during your professional placement 

You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. 

You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. 

Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. 

In year three you will put your knowledge into practice and prepare yourself for a career in the industry. You will debate leadership and management at strategic levels with ethical approaches, have the opportunity to develop your specialisms in research and produce practical projects at professional levels.  


Music & Sound Dissertation 

Design and execute a research project exploring aspects of the music business that relate to your future career. 

Professional Development 

Develop business skills and industry practices that relate to your professional growth in your specialism. 


Learn the skills that are required for successful leadership in music business.  

Showcase Portfolio 

Produce a showcase – a live event, digital portfolio or another piece of work – that demonstrates your music business specialisms. 

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

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How you’ll learn & be assessed

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, project work and masterclasses. You'll also develop your music business skills and understanding through collaborative projects and guest speakers. 

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.   

You'll be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical submissions produced both individually and in groups. 

Assessment methods 

Assessments can take many forms, including: 

  • Practical projects 
  • Presentations  
  • Portfolios 
  • Written work 

You will receive regular formative verbal feedback on your progress, through workshops and tutorials throughout each module. 

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From sound studios and photography stores to post-production suites and our professional performance venue, you'll have access to industry-standard facilities across the University. 

  • Professional performance venue hosting visiting artists 
  • Rich library resource including vinyl collection 
  • Film studios, green screen and post-production suites 
  • Recording studio complex 
  • High-spec performance studio designed for acoustic and amplified music 
  • Music practice rooms for bands and solo work 
  • Professional-standard studio hardware and software, and an extensive collection of microphones 
  • A superb collection of analogue and virtual analogue synths and drum machines 
  • Working and learning spaces designed to nurture collaboration 
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The course team is made up of highly experienced music industry professionals who have worked with both major and indie labels, publishers and global festival productions. The team also have experience of international touring, merchandising, digital marketing, radio and music video production, diversity campaigning and lobbying for a more ethical music business.  

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.

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Got a question about this course?

If you want to know more about the course structure, our application requirements or what our graduates have gone on to achieve, our friendly course team is here to help. 


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As a music business graduate you could become: 

  • A record label owner 
  • An A&R, or talent scout 
  • A tour manager 
  • A music PR executive or manager 
  • An artist or industry consultant 
  • A music publisher 
  • A music marketing professional 

How to apply

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2024 through UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply via UCAS

Course route UCAS code
Music Business BA(Hons) three year degree UCAS code for entry year 2024 available soon
Music Business BA(Hons) with professional placement UCAS code for entry year 2024 available soon

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

Course route Entry requirements
BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with professional placement 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

Check the title of your course to see if it's a BA or BSc award. UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

For starting your studies in 2024

UK applications: 31 January 2024 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 31 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,950 per year Full-time EU/international
£1,850 per professional placement year Full-Time UK and EU/international

Tuition fees for September 2025 will be confirmed in summer 2024.

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Typical course costs

  • £300 - 750 approx. – one-off cost for the duration of the course (laptop) 
  • Optional visits to relevant music businesses 

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