The University of Southampton

W3N1 BA Music and Business Management (3 years)

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

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 Business Management. 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.


This programme combines the coverage a wide range of musical styles and traditions together with the opportunity to develop key management skills. Music modules explore Western classical and world musics, through to jazz, pop and commercial styles. The programme includes a variety of topics in performance, composition, musicology and ethnomusicology, as well as options on the music business, music technology, music therapy and community music. Management modules develop your understanding of management functions and methods and develop skills in problem solving, teamwork, communication, numeracy and self-management.

Studying on this programme will allow you to specialise in your chosen areas of musical activity, developed over the three years of the programme (four with the Year Abroad option), as well as pursue your interests in Business Management. You also have the opportunity to enhance your studies with free-electives or a Minor study in third discipline.

View the programme specification document for this course

Programme Structure

In the first year you will build on your previous knowledge and skills in a range of modules including a choice from historical overviews of the development of Western music, fundamentals of music harmony and counterpoint, musicological studies and performance tuition. Management modules introduce you to fundamental concepts in Business Management, methods, models and technologies. 

The second and third year give a wide range of music module choice to specialise in areas that are of interest to you – music history, analysis, performance, composition, technology, therapy and others. While management modules extend your studies in management models, methods and principles in the second year, and provide a wide range of options in the third year. In your final year you will complete one or more specialist double-module with individual tuition producing a composition portfolio, performance recital or musicology or management dissertation.

In each year, in addition to any module choices within Music and Management, you may choose up to 30 credits (usually two 15 credit modules) of free electives from other disciplines, including Curriculum Innovation Programme modules. Choosing the required modules from a single other discipline will allow you to graduate with a Minor in that discipline.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEAll applicants are required to have achieved English GCSE Grade C or above (Grade 4 or above) and Mathematics GCSE Grade B or above (Grade 6 or above). GCSE Application of Maths, Methods of Maths and Use of Maths can only be accepted if the applicant has achieved Grade B or above (Grade 6 or above) in any 2 of these courses.
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.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.


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

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is BBB from three A levels including Grade B in Music, Grade B in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard* or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

Selection process:

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

The structure of your degree programme allows you to exercise choice in each year of study. You can exercise this choice in a number of ways.

  • You can use these modules to deepen your knowledge of your main subjects.
  • You can combine additional modules from your main subjects with modules from other disciplines or choose from a selection of interdisciplinary modules.
  • You can choose modules that build into a minor pathway, the title of which will be mentioned in your degree transcript. Details of the minors available and the modules that are included can be found at

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.

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.

Year 1

Semester One

Students have the option to take the following modules for the full academic year: Performance Tuition (MUSI1012) worth 30 credits or Performance Tuition (MUSI1016) worth 15 credits.

MUSI1002Credit: 15

Year 2

This is an indicative list of modules for the whole of Part 2.

Semester Two
MANG2064Credit: 15
MANG2021Credit: 15
MUSI2011Credit: 15
MUSI2015Credit: 15
MUSI2024Credit: 15
MUSI2092Credit: 15
MUSI2128Credit: 15
MUSI2123Credit: 15

Year 3

This is an indicative list of modules for the whole of Part 3. Please note modules have not yet been assigned to a semester as this is a new programme of study.

Semester One

Across both semesters at least on of the following modules:

MUSI3003Credit: 30
MUSI3017Credit: 30
MUSI3021Credit: 30
MANG3025Credit: 30

MUSIC Two or four (if not taking MUSI 3003, 3017 or 3021 above) options from a wide range of performance, composition, music technology and music history modules, varying from year to year. MANAGEMENT Two or four management modules (if not taking MANG 3025).

MUSI3011Credit: 15
MUSI3012Credit: 15
MUSI3135Credit: 15
MUSI3134Credit: 15
MUSI3101Credit: 15
MUSI3103Credit: 15
MUSI3019Credit: 15
MUSI3120Credit: 15
MANG3008Credit: 15
MANG3010Credit: 15
MANG3021Credit: 15
MANG3054Credit: 15
MANG3046Credit: 15
MANG3072Credit: 15

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

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BA Music and Business Management2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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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.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentInstruments and Equipment: Hartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves. The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's. Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves.
EquipmentComputer Discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses: All software is provided Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.
OtherVocal and Instrumental Lessons: Specialist vocal and instrumental tuition for single and joint honors Music students taking performance modules is generally provided free at the point of delivery. When lessons happen away from Highfield Campus students are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from their lessons. Students are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from off-campus rehearsal, performance and music examination venues. Most of those we use are within walking distance of Highfield Campus. Students taking instrumental lessons are expected to own and maintain their own instruments, maintenance including the cost of repairs and of replacement parts (new strings, drumheads etc.). Students are strongly advised to arrange insurance for their instruments, covering all the usual risks including theft from places of residence and from university storerooms. Storage space for instruments is available in Music Department storerooms. Dozens of students have access to them: it is not possible to guarantee security. The university will accept no responsibility for loss or damage to instruments left in storerooms. Students taking performance modules will be given keys to practice rooms and storerooms. Keys must be returned on or before graduation day. Students will be charged £10.00 per replacement key in the event of loss. Jazz and pop students must buy and use their own ear protectors if asked to do so by a teacher. Hartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves. The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's. Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves. Turner Sims -- the university concert hall -- makes 10 tickets for each of its own-promoted concerts available free of charge to Music on a first come, first served basis. (There are very rare exceptions: gala concerts intended to raise funds for Turner Sims for instance.) Monday and Friday lunchtime concerts in Turner Sims organised by the Music Department are free of charge both to Music students and to the wider public. External promoters hiring Turner Sims can charge what they like for admission to concerts. Student-run performing arts societies such as the University of Southampton Symphony Orchestra, JazzManix and Showstoppers (there are many others which Music students might like to join) are free to set their own membership subscriptions. The Music Department does not contribute directly towards the cost of running these societies. Academic Modules Very few Music lecturers insist that students purchase specific set texts. Copies of set texts are made available in Hartley Library, if necessary in the reference-only "course collection" or on short-term loan. Students may wish to own copies of recommended books but are free to choose which to buy and which to borrow. Some lecturers prepare course handbooks for the modules they are teaching. These are generally made available free of charge to students taking the modules. For unusually bulky handbooks there may be a charge to pay -- never more than £10.00 per copy. Music software packages are available for licensed use at designated university computer workstations free of charge to Music students. Students who wish to install compatible software on their own computers will have to cover the cost themselves. Students using the university's Follow Me print service will be charged per page printed out, at rates listed here: Field trips are infrequent and almost always optional. When occasionally they do happen students involved may be expected to cover travel costs and to pay for admission to the venue(s) visited. Staff organizing trips make every effort to keep costs to a minimum, negotiating group and student discounts whenever possible. No one trip is likely to cost more than £20 total.

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

This programme provides a solid preparation for careers within and outside music, our alumni are successful in broadcasting, performance, education, music therapy, composition, commercial music and information technology, among many other areas. The Music and Management programme is particularly relevant to pursuing managerial options within music and arts organisations, but also provides an entry to other management options such as graduate management schemes or careers in management, accounting, finance or banking.


Outreach activities such as the Student Ambassador scheme can offer the chance to work with schools or performing arts venues such as the Nuffield Theatre and Turner Sims Concert Hall and gain valuable work experience.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching

In order to support the diverse curriculum and range of learning styles amongst students, a broad portfolio of learning and teaching methods are used. Many modules include lectures and tutor-led or student-led seminars, in order to provide the main teaching, delivering information, instruction in method and skills. Where appropriate, group projects and coaching, study visits, small group or individual tutorials and instrumental lessons provide additional methods which may replace or be in support of lectures and seminars, and generally reflect more personalised and/or practical activities. Group and individual presentations (including performing) are also used to help develop your transferrable and communication skills. A significant part of your studies will be spent on independent research and practice, rather than in teacher-lead activities, increasingly towards the latter part of your degree. Growing your abilities as an independent learner is a key aspect of your academic development. This independent work may include reading set texts, studying scores, instrumental practice, attending concerts, keeping a study diary, amongst other activities.

Increasingly the curriculum involves the use of IT system in support of teaching and learning, which can involve the use of electronic publications, online access to music collections, course materials available via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, discussion groups and blogs.


A variety of assessments are used to enable to you to demonstrate achievement of the intended learning outcomes. Formal examinations or performances, extended written submissions such as a dissertation or composition portfolio, essays, case studies, study diaries or blogs, in-class tests, shorter pieces of assessed coursework, individual and group presentations, and listening tests.

Please note: As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, this programme may be revised during a student’s period of registration, however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.

Programmes and major changes to programmes are approved through the University’s programme validation process which is described in the University’s Quality handbook.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study19%13%14%
Independent study81%87%86%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment24%0%0%
Practical exam assessment37%78%5%
Coursework assessment39%22%95%

Study Locations

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