Leeds Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Hull

Music (Business)

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Course summary

Leeds Conservatoire’s Music Business degree reflects the revolutionary way that music is now made, listened to and distributed by digital networks and social media. This course is unique amongst conservatoires and prepares students for a dynamic career in the modern multi-platform music industry. With a bespoke programme and mentoring by current industry experts, students will learn the skills they need to become successful, self-sufficient and entrepreneurial in the music industry. This degree is ideal for anyone wanting to develop a career in artist management, events promotion, tour management, label services, music industry media specialisms, creative industries entrepreneurship, music marketing and press relations, researching music law and music publishing.


The programme has strands in Specialist Study, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies that span the three levels of the programme. Students focus primarily on their Specialist Study. Year 1 (Level 4) Compulsory modules: Structure & Functions Marketing Music and Identity Professional Studies 1: Music, A & R & the Creative Industries Creative Project Year 2 (Level 5) Compulsory modules: Digital Commerce Artistic Development Copyright and Contract Law Contextual Studies Professional Studies 2 Contextual Studies 2 optional modules, one of: Entrepreneurship Introduction to Music Technology Music and Ideology Professional Studies 2 optional modules, one of: Artistic Management Concerts and Touring Self-Promotion and Music Marketing Structure and Functions of the Film Music Industry Working with Music in the Community Year 3 (Level 6) Compulsory modules: Enterprise Final Project Contextual Studies Professional Studies 3 Students select either a Business Project or a Practice in Context Research Project for their Final Project module. Contextual Studies 3 optional modules, one of: Computer-Based Composition Electro-acoustic Composition Emerging Music Models Professional Studies 3 optional modules, one of: Business Leadership and Ethics Community Music Project Film Music – Aesthetics and Narrative Function Live Music Management Music Journalism Module specifications can be accessed via the Leeds Conservatoire website.

Assessment method

The course is assessed in a variety of methods linked to each module of study. Modules are assessed by presentation, case study, essay, strategic planning and a number of client-based activities. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 5 and Level 6, as well as the choice of project for the Final Project module at Level 6. Formal assessments tend to take place at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments with deadlines halfway through a semester. It is feasible that students could be preparing a business plan for assessment and at the same time running a record label, investigating copyright law or launching their own entrepreneurial activities nationally and internationally.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please visit the international page on our website for further information: http://bit.ly/UCAS-international-apply

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements: Applicants should also have achieved a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above. UCAS tariff points from music graded exams are also accepted (highest achieved per instrument (grade 6 and above), awarded by ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School). All applicants will be required to either attend an interview. Please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition for up to date details of our audition process. English Language requirements: All applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirement, as set by the conservatoire. For UK applicants this is GCSE English Language at grade C/4. Equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills English Level 2 or National 5 English grade C, will also be accepted. For applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK, the standard requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £18750* Year 1
International £18750* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For details of any additional costs associated with your course, please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study/fees-funding/tuition-fees/ EU/International Fees for Year 1 for 2024/5 is still to be confirmed. The fee for Year 1 onwards for 2023/4 was 18,750 GBP per year – this fee is subject to annual review and may change for 2024/5.
Music (Business) at Leeds Conservatoire - UCAS