BA Music and Business Management with Year Abroad

University of Southampton
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About this course

This course combines a broad music curriculum with the study of business management, preparing you for a career in the music industry. You can explore classical music and jazz, pop and commercial styles. Management topics will help you to develop an informed view of today’s business world. Your year abroad will give you international performance experience.

You can tailor your degree to focus on the areas of music and business that you're most interested in. Choices range from performance to project management, music therapy to marketing.

You'll spend a year experiencing another culture by studying with one of our partner institutions. Our students sing opera and music theatre, play funk guitar and classical oboe, and make electronic dance music. Whatever your passion for performance, we'll help you develop through:

  • regular performance and composition workshops with our superb teaching team

  • high-profile performance projects with internationally renowned performers

  • up to 20 hours of fully funded individual tuition per year for solo performers, as well as ensemble and conducting coaching

Our wide range of music modules allow you to learn about ethnomusicological (study of music from the cultural and social aspects of the people who make it), analytical, and musicological approaches to music topics. This ranges from music in the middle ages to global hip-hop.

You'll develop skills in composition and music technology. You'll also develop an understanding and practical skills in arts administration, music therapy and community music.

Management modules will encourage you to think differently about business and management, and cover contemporary concepts and practices.

You'll learn:

  • core skills in finance, marketing and accounting

  • how to communicate

  • digital trends in the business world

Our high-level facilities include dedicated rehearsal rooms and electronic studios. Our concert hall, Turner Sims, supports the most extensive series of professional concerts and workshops of any UK university. You'll also get the chance to perform at, and organise, events around the city in a range of different venues.

Location and awarding body

A-levels

ABB to BBB including Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

A-levels additional information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology.We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification.We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business.Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 to 30 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.

International Baccalaureate Diploma additional information

*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology.We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification.We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.4 in Higher or Standard Level Mathematics within the IB diploma can be accepted in lieu of Grade 6 GCSE. We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business.Specific offer is ascertained at interview.Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

BTEC

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*ORDistinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma in Music plus B in an A level and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*ORDistinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music plus AB to BB in two A levels and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*ORDistinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to BB to include A level Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

BTEC additional information

*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology.We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification.We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business.Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

Other qualifications

A-levels with Extended Project Qualification

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer:BBB including Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and grade A in the EPQ, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

A-levels contextual offer

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:BBB including Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) offer

BTEC (RQF) (reformed)

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*ORDistinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus B in A level Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma in Music plus B in an A level and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*ORDistinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus B in A level Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Music plus AB to BB in two A levels and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*ORDistinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AB to BB to include A level Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*OR60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 24 to must be at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

Access to HE Diploma additional information

*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology.We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification.We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business.Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2017)

H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 to H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 H3 including Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2016)

A2 A2 B1 B1 B2 B2 to B1 B1 B1 B1 B2 B2 including Music at B1 and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

Irish Leaving Certificate additional information

*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology.We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification.We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business.Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement (PDF, 111.01 KB) for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 M2 M2 to M2 M2 M2 in three principal subjects including Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

Cambridge Pre-U additional information

*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology.We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification.We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business.Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

Welsh Baccalaureate

ABB to BBB from 3 A levels including Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*or AB to BB from two A levels including Music, and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

Welsh Baccalaureate additional information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology.We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification.We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business.Specific offer is ascertained at interview.

European Baccalaureate

77% overall including grade 8 in Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*OR75% overall including grade 8 in Music and Grade 6 (Grade B) in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 6/B). We can accept a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics if you achieve grade B in A level Maths, Physics, Economics, Geography, Psychology or Business

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

IELTS score requirements

Non-academic entry requirements

International qualifications

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

Other ways to qualify

You might meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:

  • our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)

  • skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)

Find out more about our Admissions Policy.

Course structure

Your first year will give you a fundamental knowledge of music. Management modules introduce you to basic concepts in business management, methods, models and technologies. 

In management, your second year will extend your knowledge of business principles while your third year gives you a range of optional modules to choose from. In music, your second and third years give you the chance to specialise in areas that are of interest to you. These might include:

  • music history and cultural studies

  • performance

You can also broaden your experience throughout your degree by choosing:

Year 1

In music you can choose from a wide range of optional modules including music history, analysis, performance, composition or music technology.

In your management modules, you'll learn:

  • how government, society, markets, consumers and technologies shape the business world

  • the basics of accounting, financial control and other key management skills

Year 2

  • conducting

  • a wide range of history and cultural topics from opera to musical subcultures

  • solo and ensemble performance modules

You can also choose optional management modules including organisational theory and the effects of new digital technologies. This module will be useful if you want to run your own digital business. 

Year 3

Year 4

You can choose from optional modules including:

  • research into a topic of your choice that might be musical (historical, analytical, critical) or business focused

  • a 40-minute public performance recital

  • commercial or concert-hall composition, where you'll work closely with a course tutor in one-to-one tutorials to develop a portfolio of original work

  • an elective outside your formal studies that allows you to gain academic credit 

Management modules focus on the impact of research in business. Innovative content like online lectures and workshops, and input from leaders in consultancy and business research, will teach you how to:

  • design research projects

  • prepare conclusions and recommendations

You'll also have opportunities to get involved in high profile performance projects and gain work experience in schools.

  • lectures

How you’ll spend your study time

Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study, year by year:

Year 1

How we’ll assess you

We’ll assess you using:

  • assessed performances

Year 1

Careers

This degree is particularly relevant to pursuing managerial options in music and arts organisations. It also provides an entry to other management options such as graduate schemes or careers in accounting, finance or banking.

Our Excel Internship Programme can help you find a paid work placement during the Easter or summer vacation.

Previous graduates have gone on to roles including:

  • performer

Careers services at Southampton

We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:

  • work experience schemes

  • networking events

  • a wealth of volunteering opportunities

  • study abroad and summer school opportunities

We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.

UK/EU fees

You'll pay £9,250 in tuition fees for the academic year 2020 to 2021. This fee might change for further years of your course.

International student fees

What your fees pay for

Music students will also need to pay for:

  • maintaining and insuring musical instruments

  • extra musical tuition or rehearsals

  • hiring session musicians

  • Textbooks
  • Computer discs or USB drives
  • Vocal and Instrumental Lessons
  • Hardware

See the full list of extra items and costs in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 304.87 KB).

Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:

Bursaries, scholarships and other funding

If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.

If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.

Scholarships and grants

You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.

We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Support during your course

The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.

Funding for international students

University life

The University offers a friendly, diverse and welcoming home for you while you study. You'll work, live and socialise with students from more than 130 countries.

Clubs, societies and facilities

  • a hairdresser

Our sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym with 140 fitness stations, squash courts, a bouldering wall, outdoor pitches and much more. There are over 80 sports clubs you could join, and activity classes including yoga and spin.

We have an internationally known theatre, concert hall, art gallery and cinema showing everything from mainstream blockbusters to international arthouse classics. You could perform at a gig, concert or show, take part in an exhibition or join a writers’ workshop. Find out more about arts and culture at Southampton.

Whatever your passion or community, you can find like-minded people at one of the Students’ Union clubs and societies. There are more than 200 to join, and social activities in every hall of residence.

Support while you study

We aim to help you deal with any problems you might come across, so you can make the most of your time at university. We offer support with:

  • mental health, learning difficulties and disability

  • money and accommodation

We will assess your application on the strength of your:

  • predicted grades
  • academic reference

You will be asked for an interview and audition, either remotely or in person. If you want to take performance modules you'll need to show you're proficient to grade 8 or equivalent, either by auditioning or sending a video.

We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.

We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.

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