MA Music Entrepreneur

1-year full-time on-site (blended learning) or online (distance learning)
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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.

At WaterBear, the college of music, our MA Music Entrepreneur course can fast-track your professional career in just one year. Your individual projects underpin the course to offer a deeper level of personal and professional development. You can start your MA at two entry points throughout the year. Plus it's validated and internationally recognised by one of the UK's leading Higher Education providers for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

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. Not the other way around.

1-year full-time on-site (blended learning) or online (distance learning). Starts September and January. 

All the details...

You'll find all the information you need in the sections below.
  • Course duration 1 year
  • Course delivered on campus in Brighton or online
  • Suitable for all musicians and music professionals
  • Course tuition fee £9950
  • Full tuition fee loan available
  • Innovation cash bursaries available to all students
  • Entry requirements: An undergraduate degree or via accreditation of prior learning
  • Apply directly to us
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The MA Music Entrepreneur 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. It's up to you.

The course is constructed to focus on three fundamental elements:

  • Your Past

Reflect upon and document your experience and knowledge.

  • Your Present

Hone your skills. Sharpen your commercial edge.

  • The Bridge to Your Future

Become a recognised expert in your field.

Who it's for

This course is for musicians and creatives. Many want to develop the commercial and entrepreneurial side of their careers. Others are looking to upskill in areas like digital marketing, social media and other aspects of the modern music professional's life. Whatever your reasons, gaining the MA will give you more professional choices, more potential income streams and those all-important letters after your name.

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.

The MA is focussed on your own work and experience. That means you don't necessarily need an undergraduate degree to study this MA if you already have the right amount of professional experience.

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 seminar 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:

  • Artist (e.g. touring, studio, digital, etc.)
  • Music business and management
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Journalism and PR
  • Publishing and record label
  • Performance (e.g. session, commercial, corporate, etc.)
  • Live sound
  • Tour management

Further study

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

Course modules

Module title: Your Goals

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 Innovation

Working at postgraduate level will give your work the gravitas it deserves. We'll show you how to produce business plans and 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.

Initial applications for the MA Music Entrepreneur course can be made via the 'Apply Now' button at the top of the page, or by contacting

We consider all applications on their own merit and potential. We’ll invite you to a 1-1 consultation, 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 music, achievements and career goals. Find out more about the 1-1 Consultation process here.

The MA Music Entrepreneur course is available for students located outside of the UK. These students will study the course remotely online via distance learning.

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.

In order to get the most out of the MA Music Entrepreneur 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.)
  • Note-taking materials (pens, notepad, etc.)
  • USB memory stick
  • Reliable Internet connection

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