Music Business MA
Ready to shape the future of the music industry? From marketing and publishing to project management, you’ll develop the skills and expertise to work innovatively, ethically and sustainably in the world of contemporary music.
|Course Duration||1 year|
This course is new for September 2021 entry
Working with academics from the Academy of Music & Theatre Arts and the Cornwall Business School, you'll explore new music business models and future-facing practice.
Based in our purpose-built facilities – which include space for gigs, recording, rehearsals and business – you'll be immersed in a hub of creativity and collaboration. You'll have the opportunity to develop projects with video makers, photographers, fashion designers, graphic designs, dancers and choreographers from across the University.
- Gain skills in marketing, publishing, contracts and project management
- Be able to undertake industry-accredited short courses
- Learn from lecturers with a wealth of industry experience covering everything from merchandising, music video production and managing micro-labels to international touring and major festivals like Glastonbury
- Develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills and apply this to live music business projects
- Have the opportunity to interact with relevant music businesses, festivals, distributors and labels
- Have access to the University's wide range of professional facilities, equipment and creative spaces
As we follow the roadmap out of the pandemic, for the academic year 2021/22, the University expects to be able to deliver courses as they were designed. However, the institution must comply with any public health measures that are imposed by Government and may need to vary its delivery at short notice. Examples of amendments we have previously made to modules to comply with government guidance can be found here.
What our students do
This course benefits from cross-department delivery. You’ll be based in the vibrant Academy of Music & Theatre Arts and have access to School of Entrepreneurship’s celebrated business expertise. Take a look at the stories below to find out more about the departments’ students, staff and graduates.
AMATA hosts Cornish companies for The Edinburgh Fringe
Students enter the Dragons' Den
£33,000 worth of Aerospace Funding for Cornish Start-up
Meet the events management students behind the scenes at the G7
Business students embark on global social enterprise
Students swap Italy for Falmouth to follow music career dreams
AMATA to live stream performances at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Sustainable Tourism Management students discover hidden secrets of World Heritage site
Students gear up for Inspire Festival
Students run creative digital events
Falmouth Launchpad Becomes a Global Start-up Studio
Launchpad partners with Code First Girls
Falmouth academic announced as new Chair of the Association of Events Management Educators
Falmouth listed as best for business
Lecturer establishes historic Royal Musical Association study group
Student events go digital
Dance & Choreography graduate produces 2020 Rhythms
Graduate success: JAMZ
New album released by music lecturer Norah Lorway
Senior Appointment: Dr Seamus O'Brien
What our graduates do
Our graduates could become:
- Self-managed musicians
- Part of the publishing, copyright & synchronisation sector
- Agents or managers
- Music supervisors
- Digital marketers for the music business
- Artist and repertoire representatives
What you'll learn
Throughout the year you’ll explore brand, image and marketing and gain an understanding of publishing and income streams for digital and physical releases. You’ll also be challenged to develop disruptive responses to the key issues facing the music business right now. When working on projects, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate across the University – tapping into the wealth of creativity and expertise we have on campus.
In the first study block, you’ll explore identity, digital marketing and promotion and delve into the complexities of intellectual property in the digital age.
You'll examine online identity, digital marketing, engagement and promotion.
Show Me the Money
You'll look at the use and exploitation of intellectual property in the digital age, from the live sector to synchronisation.
During study block two, you’ll look at the current issues facing the music industry and develop your project management skills through a collaborative project.
You'll examine contemporary issues in the music business.
You'll develop your communication and project management skills, working on a collaborative project.
Your master’s degree will culminate in a final career-launching project that builds on all the skills you’ve developed throughout the course.
Taking Care of Business
Building on the skills developed throughout the course, your study will culminate in a final project.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the course leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details.
How you'll learn
You'll learn through a blend of lectures, workshops and access to key texts and materials that introduce new theories, ideas, tasks and research.
Workshops will allow you to undertake real projects under the supervision of our expert staff. Tutorials will give you the opportunity for detailed discussion and guidance.
You’ll also take part in student-led seminars, which offer the opportunity to discuss the theory, content, practice and issues emerging from lectures and current business practices.
You'll be assessed through a range of methods including:
- Written assignments
- Practical work
- Video content
You’ll also receive regular verbal feedback on your progress throughout each module, via workshops and tutorials.
Our staff have a wealth and diversity of music industry experience. They’ve collaborated with major and micro festivals and worked on a range of albums, from chart-toppers to limited-edition vinyl pressings. They also have experience of international touring, merchandising, digital marketing, radio and music video production.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Dr Simon Poole
Simon has been making, selling, collecting, managing and writing about music for 30 years. During...
Adrian Bossey is Head of Experience Design at Cornwall Business School, Falmouth University and a...
Helen Worthington is a Senior Lecturer at Falmouth University, having joined the Cultural...
From sound studios and photography stores to post-production suites and our professional performance venue, you’ll have access to facilities across the University.
- Equipment for small-scale vinyl and cassette manufacture
- Professional performance venue hosting visiting artists
- Rich library resource including vinyl collection
- Film studios, green screen and post-production suites
- Working and learning spaces, designed to nurture collaboration
- Recording studio complex
- High-spec performance studio designed for acoustic music
- High-spec studio designed for amplified music
- Music practice rooms for bands and solo work
- Some of the best studio hardware, software, and collection of microphones in any UK higher education institution
- A superb collection of analogue and virtual analogue synths and drum machines
How to apply
Talk to us
To find out more about this course, how you'll learn or what funding is available, get in touch with our Course Advisors. Click below to submit a form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
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We welcome applications from those with revelant equivalent Level 6 qualifications. Our typical applicants hold an undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, or equivalent experience and an demonstrable interest in the subject.
We'll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.
APEL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.
If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
International applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK must take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services Team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.
What we're looking for
We’re after Independently-minded innovators that want to shape the future of the music business.
Fees, costs & funding
£8,500 per year - full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees)
£16,950 - full-time EU/international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees)
£9,900 per year - full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees)
£19,300 - full-time EU/international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees
Find out more about our Graduate Loyalty Discount for Falmouth Alumni, which offers a reduction in course tuition fees.
Typical course costs
To complete your coursework, you’ll require a laptop at an expense of around £1,300.
If you need to bring other equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
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