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Course summary

This programme provides an opportunity to explore the music industries - with a focus on popular music - from the perspectives of history, research methods and theory, contemporary debates, and work-based learning. Making the most of the city of Glasgow and its vibrant popular music ecosystem including a rich network of venues, festivals, and small to medium music businesses, this degree is distinctive for its emphasis on work-based learning with opportunities for arranged projects with existing music companies and artists on the one hand, or supervised music entrepreneurship projects on the other. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • Our approach is multidisciplinary: we employ a variety of academic approaches and draw upon the University's expertise in a range of disciplines including sociology, cultural studies, musicology and politics.
  • You will be studying in the City of Glasgow with its vibrant and exciting music scene – the UK’s first UNESCO city of music.
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including seminar and practice rooms, a small library, an audio lab, studios, and the University’s concert hall.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE The programme combines a range of disciplines including sociology, cultural studies, musicology and politics. The Music Industries Project, which runs over semesters one and two, provides the opportunity to undertake a work-based project in a music industries environment. Semester 1 In semester one you will take a compulsory core course, and choose one credit compulsory core course, and one elective option. Core Courses POPULAR MUSIC RESEARCH WORKING IN MUSIC SINCE 1900 (or an approved elective option) MUSIC INDUSTRIES PROJECT (part 1) - The first half of a 40 credits full year course with entrepreneurship and arranged project pathways within the Scottish music industries. Semester 2 In semester two you will take one credit compulsory core course, one compulsory core course, and one elective option. Core Courses THE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRIES POPULAR MUSIC POLITICS (or an approved elective option) MUSIC INDUSTRIES PROJECT (part 2) - The second half of a 40 credits full year course with entrepreneurship and arranged project pathways within the Scottish music industries. Summer MUSIC INDUSTRIES DISSERTATION At the end of semester two, you will undertake an in-depth research dissertation of 12,000 words, to be submitted in August.


How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'. Classes start September 2023 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. You are also required to submit an admissions statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to undertake the MLitt in Music Industries at Glasgow. Please download and use our Music Industries admissions template for this.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website. https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

Music Industries at University of Glasgow - UCAS