Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our Music: Production, Performance and Enterprise degree will equip you for a successful career in all areas of the commercial and popular music industries.

Our course will inspire you to develop expertise and experience in the key fields of commercial music: music production, music performance and music business/enterprise. In today's industry, only by having knowledge and understanding of all three specific areas will you be sufficiently prepared for employment and a career in music.

Whether you aspire to be a music artist, producer, performer, songwriter, composer, musicologist, journalist, DJ, technologist, entrepreneur, business specialist or educator, our course will nurture your aspirations and ensure you develop a broad range of transferable, music-related skills.

We incorporate a strong focus on reflective practice and contextual studies, meaning that our graduates are positioned to become innovators and thought leaders for the future of the constantly evolving music industries.

You'll have two enrolment options: you may choose the standard BA award if you intend to specialise in either music production or music business, or you can choose the BMus award if you want to study specialist modules associated with music performance and instrumental musicianship. Whichever award you pick, you'll also study Music Business and Enterprise.

Our music industry links in the thriving London community allow us to provide guest lectures from leading professionals and maximise opportunities for you to network and begin your career while on the course.

Based at Harrow Campus, the course also offers unique opportunities to collaborate with students from other academic disciplines including film, TV, radio, fashion and media, and provides networking opportunities with relevant professional societies and organisations. As a result, our graduates have excellent employment opportunities and the ability to build successful careers in many diverse areas of the creative industries.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Excellent graduate employment – 91% of Music: Production, Performance and Enterprise BA BMus students are in work and/or further study six months after graduation (Source: Discover Uni, accessed March 2020)
  • A flexible course – Our course allows you to follow the path that most suits your future career, while learning about the key fields of commercial music and gaining a broad range of skills
  • Easy access to Central London – Based in Harrow, in north-west London, you'll be just a 20-minute tube ride from the heart of the city and its vibrant music scene, career opportunities and industry events. You'll also benefit from a range of guest speakers thanks to our industry links
  • A track record of success – Our graduates enjoy successful careers across the music industries, including in music synchronisation (Theodore, Wake the Town and Big Sync Music), music management (East City Management, Solar Management), media production (the BBC'S Banks and Wag, Aidan Lavelle, and Roll7's Stephen Bennett, and as artists and producers (Sigala, Bree Runway, Emmy the Great, Jamie Woon)

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Artist Development
  • Individual and Professional Development
  • Introduction to the Music Industries and Entrepreneurship
  • Music Business and Enterprise (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Music in Context
  • Performance and Musicianship (Core for Music Performance pathway)
  • Producing Music (Core for Music Production pathway)
  • Recording Techniques

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Individual and Professional Development
  • Live Music Management (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Music Marketing Technologies
  • Performance and Musicianship (Core for Performance Pathway)
  • Studio and Live Production (Core for Production pathway)
  • The Artist: Product and Persona
  • Working in Music

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Final Major Project
  • Music Business Specialism (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Music Contracts and Intellectual Property
  • Music Performance Specialism (Core for Performance pathway)
  • Music Production Specialism (Core for Production pathway)
  • Research Essay

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to have huge and diverse success. Our alumni include members of the bands Rudimental, The Feeling, Plan B and Arctic Lake as well as successful artists such as Jamie Woon, Tom Baxter, Emmy The Great, globally established trance act Above and Beyond, and Grammy Award-winning Al Shux.

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Graduates in work and/or further study

91% of our Music: Production, Performance and Enterprise BA BMus students are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Source: Discover Uni (accessed in March 2020)

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Play and perform at our masterclasses

You'll get the opportunity to perform and play your music to industry guests including publishers, artist managers, A&R and other songwriting and production specialists.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Work experience

We have strong links with various record labels, publishers, writers and managers, as well as the music rights organisations PRS and PPL. We encourage as many students as possible to attend industry events to grow their contacts and seek work opportunities, by providing many students with free passes to attend industry conferences, workshops and expos.

We invite industry professionals to speak at events on campus, providing students with additional opportunities to extend their networks and to ask key questions.

Our students have completed internships for various record labels and artist management companies, which in the past have included:

  • AEG
  • All Points East
  • Beggars Banquet
  • Big Sync Music
  • British Summer Time Festival
  • East City Management
  • Full Time Hobby
  • Mute
  • Solar Management

Job roles

Our course equips you for diverse career opportunities, allowing you to follow a specific career path, while also gaining the transferable skills needed for employment in all areas of the music industry. 

You'll be encouraged to develop your professional status while studying on the course, and to incorporate professional and industry-focused activities into your academic work.

University of Westminster music graduates have gone on to have successful careers as:

  • Academics
  • Artist managers
  • Branding and marketing experts
  • Entertainment lawyers
  • Film sound designers
  • Freelance musicians
  • Live music promoters
  • Music artists
  • Music educators
  • Music journalists
  • Music producers
  • Music publishers
  • Music therapists
  • Music venue managers
  • Record label executives
  • Social media managers
  • Songwriters
  • Studio engineers

Graduate success

Our graduates are employed throughout the London music industries at major and independent record labels, production studios and concert venues, media companies including Disney, and in various areas of entertainment law. Our graduates include:

  • David Bass graduated in 2004 and formed two music synchronisation companies, Wake The Town and Theodore. Both companies were nominated for several awards by Music Week in 2019, and they are known for their Christmas IKEA advert, Silence the Critics
  • Sigala graduated in 2013, and had a UK Number 1 single in September 2015 with ‘Easy Love’, and another three UK Top Ten singles in 2015 and 2016, when he was signed to Sony on a multi-year, multi-million-pound deal
  • Tom Overbury graduated in 2010, and is a Senior A&R Manager with Warner Chappell UK. Tom was named as one of '30 under 30’ rising global music industry executives by Music Week in 2014
  • Chelsea Zevenbergen graduated in 2010 and is an established artist manager, having assisted and managed artists for ATC including Laura Mvula and Eliza Doolittle. She now works as part of the team at East City Management managing Alt-J and Wolf Alice and leads development in mindfulness and wellbeing for artists 
  • Szjerdene Mulcare graduated in 2010 and is now an established vocalist and musician primarily working with the British artist Bonobo, featuring on his 2013 album The North Borders (Ninja Tune), and accompanying world tour
  • Nathan Cassells graduated in 2011, and in 2012 co-wrote and co-produced the song ‘What Now’ for Rihanna’s Unapologetic album. The single peaked at Number 21 in the UK and Number 25 in the US
  • Charlotte Baker graduated in 2016, and took a position as tour manager for the rapper Angel Haze and Snoh Aalegra, and artist manager of AYA
  • Kaz Rodriguez graduated in 2014 and has a distinguished career as a professional drummer and composer. In 2019 he signed to Josh Groban's label and continues his drumless recording series with his fourth album
  • Andrew Stafford graduated in 2009 and has since set up Big Sync Music, a creative licensing agency who work directly for brands and ad agencies. Clients include Heinz, Pepsico, Unilever, Samsung, BMW, ASDA, The National Lottery and Unicef

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Easy access to Central London

Based just a 20-minute tube ride from the heart of the city, you'll be perfectly placed to get involved in London's thriving music scene. 

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Music industry links

We have strong links with various record labels, publishers, writers and managers, as well as the music rights organisations PRS and PPL, and regularly invite industry professionals to speak at events on campus.

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Learn in a creative environment

You’ll study alongside students from film, photography, music, fashion and journalism, in a creative and collaborative environment.

Student work

Tracks from the University of Westminster’s music students - past and present - have been curated for your enjoyment in a special playlist on Spotify.

From Sigala to Michael Kiwanuka, Jamie Woon to Rudimental, we have created a Spotify playlist that brings together some audio highlights from some of our talented and influential students.

All tracks on the playlist are either performed, written or produced by our Music students.

Head over to Spotify to listen to the full playlist.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

Find an online open day

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – CCC to BBB
  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – DD to D*D*
  • Access – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combinations of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Our course encourages a diverse range of music styles and genres, covering everything including Rock, Pop, R&B, Grime, Jazz, Acoustic, EDM and more. Applicants with backgrounds and interests in music which fall outside of conventional music education such as DJs, underground music or electronica artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be asked to submit a short portfolio of work relevant to their chosen specialism of music production, performance or music business/enterprise.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an applicant open day spending time working alongside staff and students.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

Our course encourages a diverse range of music styles and genres, covering everything including Rock, Pop, R&B, Grime, Jazz, Acoustic, EDM and more. Applicants with backgrounds and interests in music which fall outside of conventional music education such as DJs, underground music or electronica artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be asked to submit a short portfolio of work relevant to their chosen specialism of music production, performance or music business/enterprise.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an applicant open day spending time working alongside staff and students.

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Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

visit our student hub

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Course location

Harrow is our creative and cultural hub, home to most of our arts, media and digital courses. It houses state-of-the-art facilities for every discipline, including project and gallery spaces, film studios, creative labs, collaborative learning spaces, and the creative enterprise hub.

Harrow Campus is based in north-west London, just 20 minutes from the city centre by train.

For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.
 

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