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MA Music Business

(1-year, full time)

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If you’re a music industry professional who wants a high-level qualification that’s designed to drive you forward to the next stage of your career, this is the master’s degree for you.

The MA Music Business course at WaterBear can fast-track your professional career in just one year. Your own projects underpin the course to offer a deeper level of personal and professional development. 

This comprehensive postgraduate qualification will help you become an adaptive thinker, creator and entrepreneur within a music industry that shapes the zeitgeist of contemporary culture. It is built on three fundamental elements – your past, your present and the bridge to your future. It’s flexible, innovative and the degree course is designed to fit around your life.

This MA has a work-based learning approach. This means you don't necessarily need an undergraduate degree to enrol, if you have the right amount of professional experience.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to study, gaining the MA can give you more professional choices, more potential income streams and those all-important letters after your name. It’s awarded by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

1-year full-time option starting September 2024.

2-year part-time online option starting January 2024.

Course duration: 
1 year, full time
Course location: 
Delivered on campus in Sheffield, Brighton and also online
Suitable for: 
Music industry professionals
Course tuition fees: 
£9950
Tuition fee loan available: 
Yes
Maintenance loan available: 
No
Bursaries available: 
All students can apply for innovation cash bursaries
Course entry requirements: An undergraduate degree or via accreditation of prior learning
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Key Information

• Course duration: 1 year, full time
• Course location: Delivered on campus in Brighton and Sheffield and also online
• Suitable for: Music industry professionals
• Course tuition fees: £9950
• Tuition fee loan available: yes
• Maintenance loan available: no
· Bursaries available: All students can apply for innovation cash bursaries
• Course entry requirements: An undergraduate degree or via accreditation of prior learning

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Course Overview

The MA Music Business is a 1-year course. You can study remotely online via distance learning or if you prefer, with a blend of onsite and online activity.

The course is constructed to focus on three fundamental elements:

• Your Past
Reflect upon and document your experience and knowledge.

• Your Present
Define and hone your skills, to sharpen your commercial edge.

• The Bridge to Your Future
Become a recognised expert in your field.

 

Who’s it for?

This course is for music industry professionals who want to develop the commercial and entrepreneurial side of their careers. You may be looking to upskill in areas like digital marketing, social media and other aspects of the modern music professional's life. Or simply feel the need to gain a high-level qualification and be a recognised expert in your field.

The course will take you on a journey of critical reflection, development of professional practice through mentoring, culminating in the 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.

You will develop autonomy whilst learning to apply critical thinking and research skills to your work. You'll gain academic proficiency and professional credibility. You'll also develop your entrepreneurialism to maximise areas of potential revenue and enterprise.

 

How you will learn

You'll get access to all of your module content via WaterBear's dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You'll also be able to participate in tutorials, discussions and meetings using video conferencing. In term time, the on-site weekly seminars can be attended in person, or remotely online.

Online and on-site teaching and learning activities can include:
• Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
• One-to-one mentoring
• Assignments, assessments and feedback sessions
• Masterclasses
• Conferences and events
• Peer collaboration and networking

Career pathways

This course is designed to further develop careers in music and the wider creative industries. These typically include:

• Music performance and production (e.g. touring, studio, digital, etc.)
• Music business and management
• Music education
• Music research and development
• Music journalism and PR
• Digital marketing
• Digital content creation
• Publishing and record label services
• Live sound
• Tour management
• Event management

 

Further study

Further academic study routes available include Postgraduate Practice & Research (e.g. PhD, Professional Doctorate) and PGCert HE (teaching programme).

Modules and Assessment

Module title: Your Career

So, you've already achieved a lot and have lots more going on. Now it's time to take stock, document and celebrate those skills and achievements. Then let's figure out where you want to be. You've got more to offer than you think!

Module title: Your Niche

Having the right skills and abilities is only one piece of the puzzle. It's also knowing how your area of the industry is operating, right now. Through case studies, action research and critical thinking, we'll analyse and define your own space within the current scene.

Module title: Your Development

This is where WaterBear really goes into bat for you. Here you get high-level specialist 1-1 music industry mentoring. Mentors chosen by you. They'll fill the gaps and join the dots. We want nothing holding you back in the lead up to your final project work.

Module title: Your Pitch

Working at postgraduate level will give your work the gravitas it deserves. We'll show you how to produce project pitches that demonstrate professional credibility and are a) realistic and b) achievable.

Module title: Your Enterprise

This is the final double module that concludes the MA. Here we bring all the strands of work, reflection, research and analysis together to deliver a major professional project. This might feature your current real-world work. It is the bridge into your future.

Assessment methods typically include written, audio and video-based submissions, presentations, evidence portfolios and business plans.

*Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. Any changes affecting students’ expected programme delivery are communicated in advance. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Programme Manager.

How to Apply

Initial applications for the MA Music Business 1-yr course can be made via the Apply Now button below.

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We consider all applications on their own merit and potential. We'll invite you to a 1-1 session, either in person or by video conference. This is where you'll have the opportunity to find out all about WaterBear and talk about your interests, achievements and career goals.

Falmouth University Terms & Conditions

International Students

This course is also available to international students if they are based in the UK with settled status (no restrictions on how long you can stay).

Language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to achieve equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.5 overall score, with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of equivalent approved tests too. Visit the English Language Requirements page of the Falmouth University website for more information.

Resources

In order to get the most out of the MA Music Business course, it's essential to have regular access to the resources below. Having your own equipment will provide maximum flexibility for both your college and professional work.

Essential basics:

• Computer (desktop, laptop, tablet, etc.) (Purchase cost around £250-£400)
• Note-taking materials (pens, notepad, etc.) (Purchase cost around £20)
• USB memory stick (Purchase cost around £10)
• Reliable Internet connection

Applying for Courses

Applying for a course at WaterBear is simple, whether it’s a BA (Hons) or master’s. Click the link below to find out all about the application process or, if you’re ready now, just hit the Apply Now button and we’ll be right in touch. 

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Our Open Days are relaxed and informal and provide you with the opportunity to find out everything you need to know about WaterBear. You’ll be able to ask questions, chat with staff and students and experience the unique college environment for yourself. Click the link below to find out more and book your place.

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about this course or any other aspect of life at WaterBear, just drop us a line. We’ll be happy to hear from you.

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MA Music Business Highlights

Thinking about studying a Masters at WaterBear? Meet MA Alumni and Head of Bass at WaterBear, Aidan Hampson (@aidanhampsonmusic) . Aidan discusses his experience on the Masters Degree at WaterBear and delves into how the degree has allowed him to further his career as a working industry professional. To learn more about our MA courses we provide head over to our website, or to get in touch with us via email at enquries@waterbear.org.uk
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118 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK  Map

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 726230

WaterBear Sheffield, Unit 4, Gatecrasher,
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Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.

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