Why Herts?
  • Experience close links to the Music industry.
  • The programme is newly revalidated and updated.
  • Study closely with and be part of our excellent alumni network.

About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Music Industry Management
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Music Industry Management

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Why choose this course?

  • The University of Hertfordshire’s BA(Hons) Music Industry Management programme pride ourselves on our Music Industry links through the lecturers, guest speakers and alumni. We engage with Industry through guest speakers in lectures, alumni / current student networking events, Masterclasses and placements (including Universal Music Group and Domino Records).
  • Students rated satisfaction with academic support at 86% and satisfactory with resources at 86% in the 2017/18 NSS.
  • Our graduates go on to work for a wide range of organisations across the Industry from major labels such as Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment to independent labels such as Hospital Records and Domino Records as well as organisations such as Kobalt, Global Media, Live Nation, AEG, The Orchard, PPL and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) as well as setting up their own businesses.

Key staff

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.

Principal Lecturer Maria Thomas
Alongside her work at UH, Maria is the Artistic Director of the Music Workshop Company and a freelance Music Manager particularly focusing on organisations in the start up period

Professional Accreditations

Member of the UK Music Academic Partnership (MAP)

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.

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.

Teaching methods

Through lectures, seminars, group work and self-study students investigate the various sectors, roles and functions of the Music Industry. These include record companies, music publishing and the live music sector, looking at how the industry is evolving through the introduction of new technologies. The programme highlights 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. The programme ensures that students understand the fundamental principles of business theory and concepts including law, finance and marketing

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 of 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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Marketing for the Music Business 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Live Music Sector 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Business of Music 30 Credits Compulsory
    Music Industry Framework 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Independent Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Popular Music: History, Context and Impact 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Digital Environment 30 Credits Compulsory
    Understanding Music Organisations 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Compulsory
    Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Future of Music 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Global Music Market Place 30 Credits Compulsory
    Consultancy in the Music Industry 30 Credits Compulsory
    Media Law for the Digital Age 3 15 Credits Compulsory
    Strategic Music and Entertainment Company Management and Consultancy Project 45 Credits Compulsory
    International Music & Entertainment Management 3 30 Credits Compulsory
    Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    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
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1625 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    96 CCC MMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 5 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202027/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202126/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202127/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students