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Music Industries - MLitt/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This multidisciplinary programme gives students the unique opportunity to develop critical understandings of the music industries and popular music, as well as gaining practical experience in a music industries-related organisation.

Why this programme

-This programme is aimed at those wishing to work in the music industries and/or develop an academic interest in the music and wider creative industries.
-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. There is access to a range of theorists and practitioners from within both academia and the music industries.
-This MLitt in The Music Industries develops critical understandings of the music industries and the creative aspects of popular music.
-It will give you the tools to develop your career or business in the music industries.
-You do not have to be a musician to apply. The programme has been designed to appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds.
-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 Music Industries programme aims to introduce and develop a critical understanding of the academic study of the Music Industries and Popular Music at postgraduate level.

The Music Industries MLitt is located within the broader academic area of Popular Music Studies - a relatively new area of academic enquiry which draws upon a range of disciplines including Sociology, Cultural Studies, Musicology and Politics. It is inherently multidisciplinary and a range of academic approaches will be adopted throughout the programme. This will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate the role of Popular Music and its attendant industries both historically and in contemporary society.

The programme includes a placement which has been designed for those seeking to work in the creative industries, and more specifically, the music industries including record companies, management companies and promoters. This programme is unique in the UK, offering the only postgraduate placement involving a tailored research project within a music industries-related organisation. You will spend part of semester two on placement within one of a number of music industries employers.

Core and optional courses

The MLitt in The Music Industries is structured as follows:

Core Modules (Semester 1)
-Introduction to Popular Music Studies (30 credits)
-Working in Music Since 1800 (30 credits)

Exit Route: Postgraduate Certificate possible via a combination of Introduction to Popular Music and Working in Music Since 1800 courses or one of those and another 30 credit course.

Semester 2
-The Contemporary Music Industries (30 credits)
-The Music Industries Placement (30 credits)*

Exit Route: PG Diploma possible with Introduction to Popular Music and Working in Music Since 1800 courses and two other 30 credit courses

-Dissertation (60 credits)

Exit Route: MLitt.

*The music industries placement gives you the chance to work within a music industries environment as part of a placement. You will undertake a project supervised by the host organisation in conjunction with academic staff.

Work placement

Students on the MLitt in The Music Industries programme spend part of semester 2 on placement with a one of a number of Music Industries related employers conducting research on their behalf as part of a dedicated placement. This provides students with experience of a work environment within the Music Industries or related industries and allows them to critically reflect upon practice within those industries.

Career prospects

The programme opens up opportunities to enter and develop your career or business in the music industries, as well as in related creative areas such as the games industry.

Graduates have combined the degree with other studies to pursue careers in areas such as law and education.

Positions held by recent graduates include working as a Service Delivery Manager at PRS for Music, Manager at ATC Management, Lecturer in Commercial Music and several self-employed artists and music entrepreneurs.

Visit the Music Industries - MLitt/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

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