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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 placements in existing music companies 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 Placement Pathways

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 Placement Pathways

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.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The programme opens opportunities to enter and develop your career or business in the music (or related media and creative) industries. The programme will provide you with:

  • experience working in the music industries via either placement or entrepreneurship pathways
  • critical methods of evaluating music industries research produced by different stakeholders (e.g. academics, lobbying groups, and policymakers)
  • knowledge of the key theoretical, historical, and methodological debates in music industries and popular music research

Recent graduates work as Head of Publisher Services at PRS/ ICE Services, label services manager at Ferocious Management, Royalties Administrator at BBC Studios and lecturer in Commercial Music. Others are self-employed artists and music entrepreneurs.

More Information on this Programme


Visit the Music Industries - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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