Music Business BA (Hons)

UCAS code W3N1

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. Previous students have completed work placements in the UK, Europe and the US. 

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), Creative Scotland and the Scottish Music Industry Association.

Special features

  • You will study and develop your skills at Perth College UHI, in their state-of-the-art music facilities
  • Small class sizes provide an more personal learning experience
  • You will be supported by staff who are active within the industry
  • Each year, you will have the opportunity to attend industry events. Previous students have attended SXSW (USA), Eurosonic (Netherlands), BIME (Spain), Reeperbahn Festival (Germany), and Tallinn Music Week (Estonia)
  • You will learn how to establish your own music business
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake work placements across Scotland, the UK and Europe

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

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
  • Alternatively: NPA in Music Business; NC Music; or an NC that includes communication, numeracy and IT skills OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media
  • You will also have to undertake an interview to assess your motivation and passion for the music industry
  • This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry:

  • Entry to year two of the degree, DipHE, is the HNC Music Business, or similar HNC from other colleges with a B or above in the Graded Unit
  • Advanced entry to year three is possible with an HND Music Business, with a B or above in the Graded Unit

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 is the HNC Music Business.

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

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

You will also choose two option modules which include, but are not limited to:

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

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

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

You will also choose two option modules which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Music publishing and IPR law
  • Managing and leadership
  • Teaching and learning practice
  • Songwriting (context and process)
  • Screen composition
  • Audio for multimedia
  • Live audio productions
  • Multi-track studio techniques
  • Multi-track mixdown techniques
  • Transmedia applications

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • A major project (double credit)
  • Personal employability strategy
  • Global music markets
  • A dissertation (double credit), or a research project

If you choose the research project as a core module you will also choose one option module which may include::

  • Digital business
  • Social media campaign management
  • Community placement project
  • Final composition project
  • Screen composition
  • Live audio systems
  • Music production techniques
  • Sound design for fixed media

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September , where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • 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.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend and work at live music industry events and conferences.

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?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
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)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
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, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,915 £461 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours Free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours Free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three 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 students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship for 2nd and 3rd year, with the 4th year of study free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £7,230  
Year 2 DipHE £12,360 £9,360
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

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:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,230 £482 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468(per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award, including where students are following a recognised ‘top-up’ degree structure where the first year is made up of an HNC award.

Funding

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. Graduates of this course are now working in a variety of areas across Scotland, the UK and Europe, including:

  • Events and festival management
  • Digital music industries
  • Arts organisation management
  • Business development
  • Live music promotion
  • Artist management
  • Social media management
  • Marketing and public relations

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The skills I've gained on the course have been so useful in my professional life. I create brand, pitch and sponsorship decks alongside assisting the CEO/Publisher to put together presentations and documents to secure brand partnerships or advertising sales for the magazine.

Working and volunteering throughout my degree has definitely made me more appealing to employers so don’t wait till the end to get experience. 

Katie Coe graduated with a BA (Hons) Music
Business from our Perth College UHI campus

If you love music and the music industry there is no better place to study. Taking the leap to come there has been the best decision I have ever made. My advice would be - never give up. Give it your all and you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Christopher McComiskie is studying on the BA (Hons) Music Business at our Perth College UHI campus

It was just a great experience. After attending the open day in Perth, I was convinced that this university was the perfect place for me. The course helped me map out my future career within the music industry and helped me develop contacts. The best bits were visiting Bilbao and Paris and starting Vadana Records.

Neall Johnston graduated with a BA (Hons) Music Business from our Perth College UHI campus, in 2017

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