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MA Music Entrepreneur *

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This comprehensive postgraduate qualification can fast-track your professional career in just one year. Your individual projects underpin the course to offer a deeper level of personal and professional development. You will develop autonomy whilst learning to apply critical thinking and research skills to your work, gaining academic proficiency and professional credibility. You will also develop your entrepreneurial side to maximise areas of potential revenue and enterprise. The MA course is designed to focus on three core elements – your past, your present and your future.

Who is it for?

The MA Music Entrepreneur course has been put together for people who have graduated from a music-focused degree programme and are looking to further their skills, contacts and careers in the music industry. It’s also ideal for those without a degree but with broad music industry experience, keen to gain a masters qualification alongside the development of their industry skills and activity. Many students work full-time alongside studying the course and we recognise this can be demanding. We are therefore committed to helping everyone foster a healthy work-life balance.

Course Duration

1 year full-time blended learning (on-site and online), or fully online via Distance Learning. Courses start May and September.

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Professional Practice+
Music Industry Analysis+
Business and Enterprise+
Innovation in the Music Industry+
Professional Skills Development+
Commercial Project+

Course Subjects & Modules

The course takes each student through a process of critical reflection and review, development of professional practice through mentoring and the formation and completion of a major commercial project. Areas of focus include in-depth analysis of the music industry, development of personal skills and the realisation of ideas through submission of a major project.

The course offers a range of modules designed to further develop industry-focused skills and knowledge. Work undertaken in these modules will inform the major commercial project-focused module, which is the culmination of the programme.


Your Experience
Your Industry
Your Development
Your Innovation
Your Enterprise



Career Pathways

The course is designed to further develop careers in the music and wider creative industries. These typically include sectors such as:

Music business and management
Journalism and PR
Publishing and record companies
Live sound and tour management

After Graduation

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Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for UK/EU students is £9,950. If you are a UK resident, there is a postgraduate tuition fee loan available to eligible students. You may also be able to access a tuition fee loan if you’re from an EU country.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements
Typically, applicants will have an undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject area, or relevant equivalent experience and a demonstrable interest in their subject. Applicants without an honours degree could satisfy entry requirements through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process. This process provides an entry route for individuals who have a significant amount of music industry-relevant experience but may not have a Higher Education qualification. For more information, please email

Our MA course is open to students located outside of the UK and EU, who can study via Distance Learning. Entry requirements will include a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 for each component.

Submitting your application
As a prospective WaterBear student, you will be invited to a one-to-one consultation to discuss your music, achievements and career goals. This is also your chance to find out all about us.
Applications for the MA Music Entrepreneur course are made by applying directly to WaterBear on or via 'Apply Now' at the top of the page.

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