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MA Music Management

University of Sheffield    Department of Music

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

We combine theory with live projects to give you a real taste of what it takes to succeed in music management. The course brings together experts from our music department and management school, and from the creative and cultural industries.

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Entry Requirements

You'll need a 2:1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component.

Degrees in other related subjects may be acceptable depending on your background.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Other English language qualifications we accept


Home (2022 annual fee) : £13,000
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £26,200

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Elizabeth Lees

Why Sheffield?
I had been coming to Sheffield to stay with family friends since I was 4 so the city was not new to me. I had also completed a fortnight of work experience at Music in the Round the year before so I had got to know the city and its music scene a little better. When I attended the open day for Masters courses, I felt really welcome, thought the course sounded really interesting and I could see myself there 6 months later studying the Music Management Masters.

What opportunities did you get involved with?
I opened up communications again with Music in the Round and occasionally helped out at concerts and events. I also volunteered in the office an afternoon a week for a few months until my workload drastically increased. Because of this, I was able to focus my dissertation on the benefits of the Learning & Participation programme of MitR.

How did the course help you with your career and ambitions?
The course gave me experience of dealing first-hand with arts organisations and an insight into how they run, I in particularly enjoyed the Marketing modules. It was really inspiring being taught by people who were able to share their own professional experiences with us and network. I was able to set up a week’s work experience at Manchester Camerata through one of the Trustees as she was a lecturer in one of my modules. It also increased my love for the city of Sheffield as I returned to work there a few months later and have been here since February 2017. It also gave me the chance to develop as a person and I am a lot more confident than when I started.

What are projects are doing at the moment?
I am currently working for the Diocese of Sheffield as a Development Worker. I have four churches in Sheffield where I do administration and development. I have done a lot of fundraising for various projects of all sizes. In January this year, I started a concert series at St Matthew’s Carver Street, called Sounds of the City. Each concert is 45-minutes worth of music from local musicians with coffee and pastries. We have held two concerts which have attracted attention on Radio 3 and the Yorkshire Post and had programmed until September, but have had to postpone due to Coronavirus.


The Julian Payne Scholarship is a tuition fee scholarship of £3000 available for Masters students commencing their studies in in 2022/23 in the Department of Music. The Julian Payne scholarship is based on your academic achievement.

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Full-time, part-time, distance-learning, UK, EU and international Master of Arts (MA) students within the Department of Music.

Please note that the Julian Payne award cannot be combined with another award received from the University of Sheffield. Applicants who have been successful for multiple awards will be asked to choose which award they’ll accept.

Application Procedure

Please note that you can only apply for this scholarship if you have submitted an application for your chosen Masters programme (

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Up to two postgraduate scholarships will also be awarded, including at least one to an eligible UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidate. In order to be eligible, a student must meet the criteria, and must be accepted on to one of the Department of Music’s postgraduate taught programmes: MA in Composition; MA in Musicology; MA in Music Management; MA in Music Performance Studies; MA in Psychology of Music; MA in Traditional and World Music (Distance Learning); and MA in Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing (Distance Learning). Each successful applicant will receive £10,000; they can then choose to put the scholarship amount towards fees or living expenses.

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The Department of Music at the University of Sheffield is delighted to announce the establishment of the Mary Lill Scholarships for students entering in academic year 2021-22. These scholarships are funded through the generous bequest of Mary Lill, an alumna of the university (1953-1957) who retained a life-long love of music. They are intended to support aspiring music students who meet widening participation criteria, including those who come from low-participation backgrounds. Through these scholarships, the Department aims to further enhance the diversity of our own student body, but also the next generation of performers, educators, scholars, and music industry professionals.

Application Procedure

These scholarships will be administered through the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships system.

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