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Music Business and Production - BA (Hons)


Studying Music Business and Production at our Centre for Music and Audio Technology (launching in 2018) will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to launch your career in the music industry.


On this exciting new programme, you learn about the music business, developing your creative flair while studying key areas such as marketing, management, copyright legislation, industry practices, finance and entrepreneurship. You also develop creative production skills using the latest technology.

Our degree programmes

Our three innovative undergraduate music programmes specifically meet the needs of those pursuing careers in the music industry. They combine rigorous academic study, technical instruction, creative outputs and professional opportunities. 

In addition to this programme, we offer:

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities around the world, offering you the chance to study abroad for a term or for a year. Rising to the challenge of living in another country and immersing yourself in a different culture is a rewarding experience and demonstrates to potential employers that you are independent and flexible in your outlook. 

Year in industry

It is also possible to undertake a year’s placement in industry either at home or abroad, gaining experience working in a professional environment. We offer support and advice to help you find a placement either in the music industry or other sectors such as charities and arts organisations.

Study resources

We are based on an inspirational waterfront environment in the Historic Dockyard Chatham, part of our Medway campus. We have excellent, industry-standard facilities and our studios are installed with state-of-the-art technology from leading manufacturers. 

Our flagship studio integrates a new Neve Genesys Black G48 mixing console with our existing Genelec 5.1 surround system, and has a large live room and vocal booth. 

We also have a number of other studios including an Avid HD studio with SSL Matrix mixing console, a Genelec multi-speaker studio, Foley recording studio and other well-equipped post-production suites and iMac workstation rooms.

In addition, our Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre is one of the best in the UK. 

Students can perform music in a variety of specialist spaces at the Medway campus and can also use the fantastic performance spaces at our Canterbury campus.

Independent rankings

Kent is a leading university and in The Guardian University Guide 2018 was ranked 22nd in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework, we were ranked 17th* for research intensity, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities. Renowned for the quality of our teaching, our lecturers will challenge and inspire you.

*of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions.

Teaching Excellence Framework

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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Course structure

This is a provisional list of modules we expect to run in the 2018/19 academic year. The modules for this programme are currently under review and may vary slightly in content or availability from those listed.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules:

Music in the Creative Industries

This module explores the current creative industries, and students develop an understanding of the skills and specialisms required for specific areas.  

Critical Listening and Sound-making

The module explores critical listening and sound within the wider framework of the environment as a whole, culminating in the production of a substantial piece of creative work.

Music and Contemporary Culture

This module aims to provide a detailed understanding of the origins of the popular musical styles we hear today through an in-depth analysis of key songs, instrumentals, albums and performances.

Marketing Communications in the Music Industry

This module evaluates the function of communications and marketing within the music industry.

Digital Music Production


Creating Music for Performers

This module nurtures an understanding of the relationship between music composition and performance and provides an introduction to some fundamental principles of music composition, including line, texture and form.

Music Management Principles

This module examines music industry management structures, the relationships to artists, and the negotiation and representation skills required within the music industry.

Music Event Production Project

Students gain an understanding of both large-scale productions and smaller local events and, in the second half of the module, are guided to create a fully costed proposal and plan for an original event.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules:

Music and Sound for Film, Television and Media

This module investigates the field of music in moving image, offering an insight into the musical language that dominates much mainstream cinema, but also addressing gaming platforms and alternative approaches to scoring film.

Artist Management and Artist and Repertoire (A&R) Principles

This practice-based module focuses on the principles of finding and developing new artists and creative talent, and analysing management techniques for launching and maintaining the careers of the artists they represent.

Contracts, Copyright and Rights Management

Contract negotiation and contractual terms are explored in this module, along with the collection of copyright and performance royalties, their generation and their importance within the framework of the industry.

Music Journalism, Press and PR

The disciplines of public relations, including online and social media strategies, are explored, along with an opportunity to create a portfolio of writing designed to be part of a student’s calling card for employment in the music industry.

Music Marketing Strategies

This module investigates different facets of marketing, including the use of analytics to create viable marketing strategies in real-world scenarios.

Composition and Production


Optional modules:

Songwriting Techniques

Students learn to carry out basic harmonic analyses of existing songs and apply theoretical approaches to produce original work, investigate different ways to structure songs, explore creative methods to write and develop lyrics, and learn how to enhance basic song templates with melodic accompaniments (eg strings, brass, etc).

Orchestration and Arrangement 

This highly practical module introduces students to the complex formal conventions surrounding professional score presentation, instrumentation and orchestration.

Music in the Community

This module explores the various contexts of community music alongside the ‘outreach’ work of arts organisations and the work of related professional disciplines such as teaching and music therapy; it includes a short fieldwork placement.

Sound Design and Audio-Based Composition

Students develop the ability to discern and analyse sound characteristics, record and sculpt sonic events to create original sound design, and produce advanced creative work that explores the rich potential offered by sound processing and arranging techniques.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules:

Independent Project

In this module, students bring together the expertise and knowledge they have accumulated in one final project, eg a large-scale composition, a songwriting project, sound design and Foley, audio-visual work, sound installation, audio programming, sound spatialisation, or performance.

Income Streams and Financial Management

This module explores financial management and good business practice. There is a general perception that a successful artist can generate a substantial amount of income, but where does the money come from and how is it apportioned?

Business Plan Development

This module takes the student through the process of preparing and then producing a comprehensive business plan including market research, cash flow and profit and loss projections.

Critical Perspectives on Music in Society

Why do we listen to, play and create music and how does it affect our lives, identity and political views? This module explores the role of music in our lives and our society.

Optional modules:

Spatial Sound Design, Composition and Performance

This module explores spatial sound, multi-loudspeaker and surround sound formats; students will produce and perform their own creative work, making use of sound spatialisation techniques.

Analysing Musical Genre



The module takes the form of an individual research study relating to music or audio technology.

Live Electronics in Music Performance

This module concentrates on the development of students’ skills in performing with live electronics, exploring performance with a particular focus on recent developments in laptop and MIDI & OSC controller setups.

Music, Arts and Health

There is an expanding body of research and evaluation to support the case that the arts can make an important contribution to health and wellbeing; this course provides the opportunity for students to engage with this area of research.

Collaborative Project


Stage 1

Modules may include Credits

Year in industry

You can extend your studies from three to four years by taking the Year in Industry option (this option is not available if you are studying on a part-time basis). This provides the opportunity to gain relevant workplace experience as part of your programme of study.  You can also increase your contacts and network so that you can hit the ground running when you graduate.

The Year in Industry is taken in addition to your standard undergraduate programme and normally falls between your second and final year. You typically work on a placement for the full calendar year, and salary and holiday entitlements vary according to the employer. The year is assessed on a pass/fail basis through employer feedback and a written report that you submit.

Year abroad

Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally.  You experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability.

All students within the Faculty of Humanities can apply to spend a Term or Year Abroad as part of their degree at one of our partner universities in North America, Asia or Europe. You are expected to adhere to any progression requirements in Stage 1 and Stage 2 to proceed to the Term or Year Abroad.

The Term or Year abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis and will not count towards your final degree classification. Places and destination are subject to availability, language and degree programme. To find out more, please see Go Abroad.

Teaching and assessment

Our staff bring with them a broad range of experience, from our expert academic staff to our highly qualified technicians and practising professionals. Together they support, develop, challenge and inspire you throughout your studies.

We use a variety of teaching methods including practical and technical workshops, performance platforms, seminars, lectures and group projects.


Kent equips you with essential skills when it comes to getting a job. More than 96% of our 2016 graduates found a job or further study within six months of graduation.

Career opportunities for music graduates include many aspects of the creative industries, such as:

  • music recording and production
  • audio software development
  • sound for film
  • music performance
  • music management
  • composition and songwriting 
  • research and academia. 

It is also possible to pursue careers in areas including: 

  • video games 
  • live sound for theatres and festivals
  • audio installations for museums 
  • sonic arts and computer music.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

BBC including Music or Music Technology at B.


Grade C or 4 in English and Maths

Access to HE Diploma

The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 14 points at Higher Level, including Music HL 5 or SL 6, and including HL English at 5 or SL English at 6 and HL Maths at 5 or SL Maths at 6.

International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £9250 £18400
Part-time £4625 £9200

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

For 2018/19 entrants, the standard year in industry fee for home, EU and international students is £1,385

Fees for Year Abroad

UK, EU and international students on an approved year abroad for the full 2018/19 academic year pay £1,385 for that year. 

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.


University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.


General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

For 2018/19 entry, the scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.