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Music & the Creative Economy MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Music & the Creative Economy MA

If you would like to develop your career or create your own business in the music industry, this course is ideal. Whether you are a musician, a composer, a producer or a sound technician, this course will improve your skill set and help you make a living from what you love.

What will you study?

You will explore creativity and how to manage it. The course will show you how to develop your ideas and business plans: we will teach you business development, collaborative and entrepreneurial skills.


A mix of project work and formal assessments, including essays, case studies, reports and presentations, plus the final Personal Research Project (maximum 12,000 words).

Why study a Creative Economy course?

Our Creative Economy masters courses give you the opportunity to gain a range of knowledge and experience, including:

Gain entrepreneurial skills – help create start-ups and pitch ideas to real industry bosses at a "Dragons' Den", and visit a wide variety of entrepreneurial businesses.

Brush up on practical workplace skills such as data collation, review and synopsis.

Our students come from all over the world to study on Kingston's creative economy courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.

Excellent teaching – the Managing in the Creative Economy MA course was ranked as one of the best entrepreneurship masters in the world by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16, and Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.

Regular visits from industry experts and entrepreneurs, field trips to entrepreneurial businesses and events that connect the creative industry to the local community and give you a valuable network.

Students can add study at the prestigious Boston University (http://business.kingston.ac.uk/courses/kingston-university-and-boston-university-dual-masters-programme) to their programme and gain a dual masters degree.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

Course structure

There are a wide range of music modules to choose from, along with intensive creative economy core modules which you will study with a range of other creatives. These entrepreneurial modules will help you pitch business plans, develop products and even run a start-up.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Mapping the Creative Economy
Conducting Collaborative Creativity
Design Thinking for Startups
Personal Research/Gaining Insights

Specialist modules

Advanced Production of Popular Music
Composing and Marketing Popular Music
Constructing Music Education in the UK
Contemporary Sonic Arts Practice
International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
Sound Design
Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television
The Philosophy and Psychology of Musical Performance

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Music & the Creative Economy MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Upper second class degree or above in a relevant area and/or two years' work experience in the creative industries; a carefully selected 3,000 word writing sample that demonstrates your suitability for the course; an understanding of the context of the creative economy; and the ability to explain why this course will be of value to them personally. We also carefully consider non-standard entrants with relevant personal and work experience who can demonstrate their interest, commitment and ability.

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