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MA Music Industry Innovation & Enterprise

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The MA Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise (April & Sept 2019 Intakes) programme is designed to develop core competencies by critical exploration of the industry through practice-based projects and academic research. Students will have the unique advantage of using past and present industry activity as a foundation for the programme of study. One-to-one mentoring is arranged throughout the course to provide individualised focussed support.

Who is it for?

The MA Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise 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.

Course Duration

1 year full-time on-site or via online distance learning (September or March start).

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

Course Subjects & Modules

The programme takes each student through a process of critical reflection and review, development of professional practice through mentoring and 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 programme offers a range of modules designed to further develop industry-focussed skills and knowledge. Work undertaken in these modules will inform the major commercial project module, which is the culmination of the programme. Individual modules are included to the left:

Career Pathways

This course supports a wide variety of career pathways for both self-employed and employed options. 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 & Finance

The MA Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise tuition fee is £9,950 for both on-site and distance learning programme modes. If you are a UK resident, the post-graduate tuition fee loan is available for eligible students. You may also be able to access a tuition fee loan if you’re from an EU country. Denmark: | Norway: | Sweden: | United States:

How to Apply

Entry Requirements
An honours degree at 2:2 or higher. Applicants that don’t have an honours degree may be able to satisfy entry requirements through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. This process provides an entry route for individuals who have a significant amount of music industry-relevant experience but may not have gained a Higher Education qualification previously. For more information on the RPL process, please call us on +44(0)1273 726230, or email

Submitting your application
To apply for the MA Music Innovation and Enterprise, please contact us to book your one-to-one consultation and discuss your individual circumstances:

T: +44 (0)1273 726230

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