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
  • In year three, you will have the opportunity to study abroad on an Erasmus exchange (subject to application)
  • 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


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
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course
  • 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

You will study the following mandatory units:

  • Music law
  • Music industry
  • Music history: genres, record labels and artists
  • Music industry: marketing and promotion
  • Music business: artist management
  • Music business: communication skills 
  • Music business: releasing a record 
  • Music business: running a live music event 
  • Music business: graded unit 
  • Music industry: budgeting and accounts
  • Music business: understanding sound production 
  • Music publishing 

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

Option modules include, but are not limited to:

  • 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?

  • 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



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 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) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 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 (Honours) year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for previous 3 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 and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

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:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time***
Year 1 HNC £6,700 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £11,650 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


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 course content is extensive and specific to the music industry which is brilliant. There's a guest lecture programme which gives us the chance to meet with industry professionals and the lecturers all have industry experience with vast knowledge and contacts. The on-campus facilities such as the recording studios, sound systems, rehearsal rooms and theatres, are great too.

Daniel Vescio, BA (Hons) Music Business student, 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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