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MusicPart of HumanitiesPostgraduate study

MA International Music Management (1 year)

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Our MA International Music Management programme prepares you for a future management career within the global music business. This diverse network of multi-billion dollar industries is a dynamic, fast-paced environment in which to build an exciting and rewarding career. From emerging digital economies to cultural heritage industries, from South Korea to Sweden, you will develop an advanced understanding of the latest legal, economic, social and cultural frameworks that support this network.  

Learn first-hand key business skills relevant to today’s global music environment through direct engagement with Arts at Southampton, local venues such as Turner Sims Concert Hall, touring international musicians, and masterclasses from industry partners such as Sony, Universal and Google/YouTube.

How much money is generated globally by music publishing each year? Who owns the copyright in a recording? What are Grand Rights? How do you get music synchronised to a video game or TV show? What does it cost to make a Rihanna album? How are music festivals or opera companies funded, organised and run?

This course will allow you to develop an understanding of the different roles music occupies across industries and cultures, from live performance to recorded music for streaming, advertising, video games, films and new media.

You will develop a knowledge of the changing social, legal and economic frameworks within which music industries operate, the marketing, accounting and associated technology platforms that enable them, and the various career paths available in music management. 

Aimed at the leading music entrepreneurs of tomorrow, this programme will be taught by professionals who work in the industry and who will share their knowledge and introduce you to the practical music management skills necessary to work in a range of important areas.

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2021/22 entrants

To Apply

The University's Admissions Policy applies equally to all programmes of study. The following are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University's approved equivalencies for the requirements listed below will also be acceptable.

A good honours degree in a relevant subject (2.1 or above) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Programme Structure

Information about pre and co-requisites is included in individual module profiles.

Part I

The programme will be undertaken over 12 months full-time. Your overall degree will consist of a total of 90 ECTS (180 CATS) credits.

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors Degree

Minimum 2.1 or equivalent Bachelors Degree in an Performing Arts, Business, Humanities or Social Sciences related subject.

English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

For further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

Selection process

Please refer to the University’s Admission policy.

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

Typical course content

Module information is created and provided through Curriculum Manager.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
International Music ManagementMA2020Full time£9,250£18,812
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships 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

A postgraduate degree from Humanities 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 additional skills and understanding you need to start a career within the music industry or elsewhere. You will develop your knowledge and understanding through lectures and tutor-led seminars, the preparation of presentations and student-led seminars, one-to-one tutorials with your supervisor for your management project, study visits, independent study and research.

Study locations

Avenue campus

Avenue campus

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