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Core modules in live music management and promotion and creative industries management will develop your understanding of the industry through real-world examples, leading to a major music management project. Supported by a supervisor you will devise, manage and deliver a project in music management, applying the theory and skills developed across the course in a practical way.

You’ll explore digital business, entrepreneurship or intellectual property law, gaining knowledge and skills that you can then apply in your project work and in your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue modules in other areas of music such as performance or musicology, or explore audience engagement and impact.

The University of Leeds is ideally situated for studying music and management owing to the city’s great musical diversity. Leading venues include the First Direct Arena, O2 Academy, and the Grand Theatre. The University also has existing relationships with the Leeds International Piano Competition and Opera North.

The course is ideal for students wishing to pursue a management career in the music industry, and for existing music-industry managers wishing to enhance their skills or undertake continuous professional development.

Our staff have substantial practical experience working in the area of music management, and we also have a variety of excellent facilities to support your learning including rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, and studios for sound recording.

Additionally, we have good working relationships with a range of prestigious arts organisations: we host BBC Radio 3 concerts, Leeds Lieder and the Leeds International Piano Competition, as well as enjoying a close partnership with Opera North and many others in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene.

Course content

The focus of the degree is a major Music Management Project that combines and reflects upon music-management theory and practice. This could include, for example, organising an event, acting as a consultant during a work placement you organise, or managing a musical group or artist. Core modules in Live Music Management and Promotion, and Creative Industries Management will equip you with the skills and knowledge to undertake your major project, you will also be introduced to research methods in music to support your academic studies.

In addition to the core Creative Industries Management module run by Leeds University Business School, you will select one further module offered by the Business School – in the area of Digital Business or Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation – or the School of Law – looking at Intellectual Property Management – the content of which may be applied to your specific area of expertise through your Music Management Project, and beyond the MA degree. You will also choose optional Music modules, enabling you to write a short dissertation on a musical subject of your choice, or to specialise in performance, audience engagement, or – through our Individual Project module – other areas of music including composition, musicology, electronic and computer music, aesthetics, applied musicology, and music psychology.


Compulsory modules

  • Creative Industries Management
  • Music and Management Project
  • Live Music Management and Promotion

Optional modules

  • Please see the course page for a selection of typical options

Learning and teaching

Lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as group learning. You’ll also take instrumental or vocal lessons in some modules, depending on your choices.


You’ll also be assessed using a range of methods, including presentations, bibliographic exercises, essays and group project work. LUBS modules may include written exams. Specialised music modules will also use relevant methods of assessment, such as compositions, recitals, critical editions and commentaries on musical sources.

Applying, fees and funding

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the .

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component . For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadline

We will consider applications from 1 October – 1 September.



Documents and information you need

  • Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying. Please also include official translations in English if applicable.
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide evidence of your English language qualification.
  • A copy (or draft) of an undergraduate dissertation, or an essay in English of a minimum of 2,000 words (preferably 4,000).
  • Applicants may be asked to provide a second example of their writing, to provide a fuller assessment of their potential.
  • A supporting statement. When you apply online you will see a list of questions you must answer as part of your supporting statement.
  • References may be requested.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.


Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This programme will equip you with in-depth knowledge of economic and management issues, both within and beyond the music industry. It will also equip you with transferable skills in research, analysis, interpretation, communication, cultural and commercial awareness that are valuable to a wide range of employers.

All of this will put you in a great position to succeed in the music industry, as well as other related areas of arts and creative industries management .

Visit the Music and Management MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!






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