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International Music Management (MA)

Master of Arts
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

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 course is now closed for the 2021/22 academic year.

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.


Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Thomas Irvine, Associate Professor in Music. He’s an expert in global music history from 1700 onwards, and has a special interest in how music interacts with science and technology. Visit Dr Irvine’s staff profile to find out more about his work. 

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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