Taught course

Music Industry Management and Promotion

University of Central Lancashire · School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Entry requirements

We welcome students with qualifications in subjects across the music spectrum. We prefer you to have achieved the equivalent of a first/higher second-class honours Bachelor of Arts degree in a relevant field of study. Equivalent qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Music Industry Management and Promotion is intended for people who wish to work within the music industry. It provides an opportunity to study the music business at postgraduate level and to get real hands-on experience of working within the industry. Students will combine their academic studies with a placement in a commercial music industry institution working on real world projects. The course offers industrial experience which will involve working in the Factory 251 venue in Manchester, providing contact with significant industry figures connected with this culturally important company. Alternatively, it may be open to students to use their own current industry work to satisfy the work experience element if appropriate.

On this course you will study current practice in the music industry, both in the recording industry and in media and live events. You will consider different business models within the industry and look at the way creative products are marketed and promoted. You will engage with the key issue being confronted by the industry; the impact of new technology and the development of the digital marketplace. You will undertake research into the challenges and opportunities that have arisen as a result of rapid technological change in the creative industries.

The course will also give you the opportunity to engage with music industry practice at a professional level and in industrial context. Working on and contributing to field based commercial projects under the direction of an experienced industrial practitioner will enable you to gain hands on experience of a range of Music Industry activities and develop your practical and interpersonal skills. It will also provide a vantage point for in depth reflection on Music Industry practices and a chance to develop your own commercial, professional and industrial strategies.

To facilitate access to the programme, students can opt to study in modes which are appropriate to their personal circumstance. Students may study 60 credits resulting in the award of PG Certificate, 120 credits with the award of PG Diploma or 180 credits with the award of Master of Arts; each award can be studied in full- or part-time modes. Study may be staged with students achieving the PGCert or PGDip and taking a study break before continuing with a higher award.

Course at a Glance:


  • MZ4001(L7) Music Industry: Product and Audience

  • MZ4002 Music Industry Practice (40 Credits)


The PGCert modules plus:

  • DR4001(L7) Arts Theory and Philosophy

  • DR4002(L7) Professional Arts Practice (40 Credits)


The PGDip modules plus:

  • DR4003(L7) Arts Research Project (60 Credits)
  • Year 1 (full-time)
  • MZ4001(L7) Music Industry: Product and Audience (Trimester 1)
  • MZ4002(L7) Music Industry Practice (Trimesters 1 and 2)
  • DR4001(L7) Arts Theory and Philosophy (Trimester 1)
  • DR4002(L7) Professional Arts Practice (Trimesters 2 and 3)
  • DR4003(L7) Arts Research Project

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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