The University of Southampton

WN32 BA Music and Management Sciences (3 yrs)

Southampton has one of the largest and most diverse music programmes in the UK, offering a high degree of flexibility and student choice.

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Introducing your degree

Do you want to develop your musical skills and acquire a professional management qualification at the same time? Then choose the University of Southampton’s BA in Music and Management Sciences. During this highly distinctive bachelors degree you will combine the study of music with a thorough training in business administration and management analysis.
Graduates who have completed this BA course have established careers in a range of industries, from broadcasting to education and music therapy to information technology. This degree will equip you with the skills you need for a careers both in and outside music.


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Programme Structure

In addition to the musical studies described in W300, this programme develops your understanding of key management functions, with an opportunity to apply management skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, numeracy and self management.

50/50 split between the subjects in each year, or the option of 25 per cent in a third subject

A core programme of management sciences in years one and two, with a free choice of music options

In year three, a free choice from a wide range of options in both subjects

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Key Facts

Flexible course structure allows you to tailor your programme to your needs, across performance, composition and academic music study

Purpose-built concert hall (Turner Sims) supporting the most extensive series of professional concerts and workshops of any UK university

Dedicated keyboard room, percussion room, jazz and pop rehearsal room, nine further teaching and ensemble rehearsal rooms, 16 practice rooms, three electronic studios plus live room, and 16 networked multimedia workstations

Many large-scale Students’ Union performing groups (orchestras, bands, choirs and theatre groups), in addition to music ensembles

Did you know?

You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code WN33 when you apply through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEGrade B in Mathematics
A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB - BBB, including grade B in Music and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard*

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

International Baccalaureate34 - 30 points, 17 - 15 at higher level, including 6 in higher level Music, and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard**Equivalence to Grade 8 is ascertained by the relevant Head of Study (Strings/Woodwind/Brass/Piano and Percussion/Early Music/Jazz and Pop/Vocal Studies) auditioning the student. This can be done in person or by sending a video web link (e.g. Youtube)
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and Reading and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is in the range of BBB to BBC from 3 A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

UCAS application. Those offered places are invited to attend a visit day, which features a range of talks and other events, and multiple opportunities to ask questions

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

  • Performance: early music; classical and contemporary art music; jazz and pop
  • Composition: free composition (classical and/or commercial, television and film)
  • Orchestration and arranging
  • Songwriting
  • Historical and critical topics: music history and analysis from the Middle Ages to the present; world music; jazz and pop; issues in sociology and contemporary culture
  • Music business
  • Music therapy and community music

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 1

This Programme is no longer available for academic year 2016-17 and onwards. Please refer to BA Music and Business Management and BA Music and Business Management with a Year Abroad.

Year 3

Students choose ANY four Music modules, plus four from Management. At least one module must be chosen from the following list: 

  • MANG3025
  • MUSI3003
  • MUSI3008
  • MUSI3017
  • MUSI3021

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into our modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We explain the skills taught and offer a number of optional employability modules.

This degree prepares you for a variety of careers both within and outside music. We have alumni working in broadcasting, performance, education, music therapy, composition, commercial music and information technology, among other areas.

Studying music at Southampton will help you to obtain the skills needed to navigate the early years of your career. Katherine Hattersley graduated in 2010. "A week after graduating, I got my job as a Fundraising and Membership Officer for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra," she said. "My degree and community work at Southampton definitely helped."

Learning & Assessment

A humanities degree at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of industries.

Led by academic staff, your teaching will allow you to engage with and contribute to the world-leading research carried out at Southampton as it happens. Our staff value your opinion and views: lectures are typically followed by a small group seminar which gives you the opportuinity to explore ideas and themes that you feel are particularly relevant. You will find yourself challenged intellectually and exposed to new ideas, approaches and perspectives. Visiting speakers from international universities and successful professionals are frequent part of our lecture series.

Your course will be incredibly flexible to suit your personal aims and objectives. Within your degree there will be a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics passionate about their research who want to engage you in their experience. You can choose subjects from beyond your degree to fashion the knowledge and experiences that you think will best help you in the career in front of you. Each module has a home on our virtual learning environment which serves as a starting point to find out more about each subject and undertake independent research to develop your understanding to a greater depth.

You will be assessed by more than simply essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in groups and teams; make presentations; submit group projects; undertake fieldwork; create portfolios and manage larger research projects such as dissertations. Your academic advisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

You will find the key skills employers seek such as time management, problem solving, team work, deadline and project management, cultural awareness, working on initiative and independently, relationship building and analysis embedded in your learning. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and that they can understand.

Our courses have many unique and exciting opportunities such as visiting Chawton House Library – the former home of Jane Austen, the Broadlands Archive containing the papers of Palmerston and Mountbatten, research active fieldwork placements, placements in Schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, the student associates scheme and our extended project mentoring module. All our students have the opportunity to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities to experience a new culture.

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