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International Music Management (MA)

International Music Management (MA)

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Music Studies Music Management

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need to become an entrepreneur in the global music industry on our MA International Music Management master's degree. On this UK course you'll learn about all aspects of the music business, from live performance and streaming to advertising and video games. Industry professionals will help you discover the careers you can go into. We were number 1 for music research in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).

This International Music Management master’s course will prepare you for a management career in the global music business.

You’ll develop critical understanding of the legal, economic, social and cultural frameworks that support the music industry.

And you'll gain key business skills through exposure to local music venues such as Turner Sims, touring musicians, and masterclasses with industry partners like Sony, Universal, Google and YouTube.

On this practical programme, you'll also learn about:

  • how the music publishing industry makes its money
  • copyright and licensing
  • music event planning
  • adding music to a video game or TV show
  • the costs involved in making an album
  • how music festivals and opera companies work

You'll learn from expert academics with plenty of music industry experience and connections. They'll teach you to the practical skills you need to work in a wide range of music management roles


This degree will allow you to start a career in the global music industry. You’ll have the qualifications to work in areas such as:

  • personal management
  • business management
  • music publishing
  • music business accountancy
  • artist relations and development
  • licensing

Assessment methods (Outcome qualification level)

On this course you’ll learn through a range of activities that may include presentations, guest lectures, workshops, whole-class activities, study visits, independent study and research.

You’ll be able to demonstrate what you have learnt through a variety of assessment methods, such as essays, portfolios, individual and group presentations, in-class tests or exams and your final project.

You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor. Your contact hours will vary depending on your module choices.


This module introduces you to methodological approaches to musical studies and provides you with the professional skills necessary to write about music in different contexts

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in music or one of these subject areas: performing arts, business, humanities and social sciences.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more

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