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The recently revalidated and updated BA(Hons) Music Industry Management degree introduces students to a wide range of subjects relevant to today’s music industry. This degree covers business topics such as accounting, law, marketing, strategy, small business and entrepreneurship alongside key industry topics such as the live industry, the changing digital environment, international markets and will look at the different genres that make up what we know as popular music. An exciting aspect of the newly revamped programme offers students the opportunity to focus on areas of particular interest in their second year of study such as song writing, production, live music promotion and A&R. Delivered by a hugely experienced team of lecturers, all of whom have wide-ranging industry experience, the Music Industry Management (MIM) degree course is renowned throughout the UK music industry for helping develop the artist managers, live music professionals , entrepreneurs and record & music publishing executives of the future.

Why choose this course?

  • The University of Hertfordshire ranked #1 for overall rating for 'Music Industry' courses, which is based on student satisfaction, course & lecturers, accommodation, university facilities and job prospects' (whatuni.com)
  • Ranked number 44 for best Music courses (Times Good University Guide 2015)
     
  • High statistics for employment rate at 88% six months after graduation.
     
  • We have a strong, ongoing record of student satisfaction over several years since the launch of the national student survey.
     
  • Optional sandwich year to work in industry with some of the latest names; including Sony, George Ezra and Labrinth.
     
  • We have some of the best resources in the UK, including the £39 million Forum where our students perform every month and state-of-the art music studios, as well as film and TV facilities.

Alumni Testimonials

‘The course was fantastic. What I couldn’t have predicted was the usefulness of the contacts I made during my time at University. I now have close friends from the Hertfordshire alumni working across every corner of the industry: from A&R to PR; from publishing to live and from Recording studios to Digital Music services. If I need a question answering, I just pick up the phone. Having a network like this has been invaluable.’ 

Danny Roberts- A&R Universal Music

‘My time on the MIM course equipped me with a range of skills and a firm background knowledge of how the music business functions. When applying for internships, I believe this gave me an edge over other candidates and instilled confidence when dealing with industry professionals from an early stage.’

Sam Tewari –A&R Relentless

‘I owe my career to the 3 years I spent on the Music Industry Management course. Without the skill set, knowledge, and opportunities I gained from the course, I wouldn’t have done my first internship at Universal during my 2nd year which prepared me for full time employment and a career in the music industry.’

Luke Armitage - Snr Marketing Director Astralwerks Records (Los Angeles)

Music Industry Testimonials

I strongly believe that the music courses that the University of Hertfordshire run set the standard for others to follow . I am proud to support them.

Austin Daboh – Senior Editor, Spotify

‘The University of Hertfordshire consistently delivers some of the brightest graduates in the field of music industry education and I am confident that the future leaders of our industry will be coming from here.’

Mike Smith – Managing Director, Warner Chappell Music Publishing

‘I have been to the University of Hertfordshire each year since the inception of the course and can see the excellent work that goes on, and I am increasingly meeting graduates in responsible positions in the industry.’

Alison Wenham OBE – CEO, Worldwide Independent Network (WIN)

What job can I get?

Our graduates work in many areas of the industry, including: Marketing, Digital Distribution, Artist Management, A&R, Research, Business Affairs, Copyright, TV and Film Synchronisation, PR,and, Live Music Production.

Key staff

Lecturer Andy Saunders
Andy is the founder and Managing Director of Velocity Communications, the UK music industry’s leading corporate PR agency, and currently works with a range of high profile clients across a number of sectors.
Find out more about Lecturer Andy Saunders

Senior Research Fellow & Lecturer Dennis Collopy
Dennis’ career in the music industry has included senior roles at Chrysalis, RCA, Riva, BMG, EG, Big Life and Menace Music, working with an eclectic range of highly successful creative talent.
Find out more about Senior Research Fellow & Lecturer Dennis Collopy

Lecturer Keith Blackhurst
Industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience in the music business. From founding DeConstruction Records and Publishing to running major label RCA Records, Keith has experienced most parts of the industry.

Programme Leader Maria Thomas
Maria’s career has included working at The Royal Opera House, organising concerts in the Louvre and South Bank Centre, setting up a music Festival at Hatfield House and running music workshops.

Professional Accreditations

Member of UK Music Skills Academy.

Course details

Careers

Marketing, Digital Distribution, Artist Management, A&R, A&R administration, Music Industry Research, Business Affairs, Copyright, TV and film synchronisation, PR, Live Music Production.

Teaching methods

Through lectures, seminars, group work and self-study they investigate the roles and functions of those working in it, the many different areas, such as record companies, music publishing and the live music sector, that make up the business and look at how the industry is evolving through the introduction of new technologies. We highlight the importance of music too, and alongside their studies of the industry students are immersed in the history of popular music and it’s impact on popular culture and society. We also ensure that they understand the fundamental principles of marketing and that they have a thorough grounding in the law and finance disciplines that are relevant to the modern music industry.

Visiting Lecturers 

Debra Geddes 

Debra joined University of Herts as a visiting lecturer in October 2017. An experienced media and communications professional who runs Great Northern PR, her clients include BMG Music, Universal Music Catalogue, Omnibus Press, Red Bull Music House, The BPI, Walt Disney Records and Abbey Road Studios. Debra was previously the Senior Publicity Director at EMI Records where she oversaw strategy for all artist PR and managed a team of ten press officers. A certified member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Debra is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Billy Grant

Billy began life in the music industry working for Telstar Records as a compilations manager before moving into A&R where he oversaw a number of platinum-selling acts including Craig David and Mis-Teeq. He went on to set up independent record label 2Point9 – the biggest label in the UK Asian music scene - developing Hounslow-born Jay Sean who had a No 1 in the US Billboard Top 100 with “Down” feat Lil Wayne. As well as working on music projects, Billy is currently also involved in a number of content creation, digital marketing and branding projects.

John Leahy

John has over 25 years-experience working at record labels including Parlophone, EMI, Polydor and Domino where he was employed as General Manager.  John is currently running leading indie Ignition Records / Sour Mash Records which releases the Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds albums amongst others.

Work Placement

Past students have gained work placements throughout the industry, including: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Beggars Group, Domino Records, Coda, Peer Music, BASCA, MPA, Kobalt, PRS, Warner Music Group, Island Records, Insanity Group, Cato Music, AudienceNet, The Agency Group. 

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Marketing for the Music Business - 30 Credits
  • The Live Music Sector - 30 Credits
  • The Business of Music - 30 Credits
  • Music Industry Framework - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Independent Project - 30 Credits
  • Popular Music: History, Context and Impact - 30 Credits
  • The Digital Environment - 30 Credits
  • Understanding Music Organisations - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry - 30 Credits
  • Media Law for the Digital Age 3 - 15 Credits
  • Strategic Music and Entertainment Company Management and Consultancy Project - 45 Credits
  • International Music & Entertainment Management 3 - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201822/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
17/09/201822/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201827/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201831/05/2019Apply online (Placement Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)