Music Industry Management and Promotion MA/PGDip/PGCert

Music Industry Management and Promotion MA/PGDip/PGCert

School of Journalism, Media and Performance


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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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    Full-time:One year, Part-time: Two years.

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Why study this programme?

The Master of Arts programme in Music Industry Management and Promotion is a leading course in this field offered by the University of Central Lancashire.

The programme prepares students to navigate the constantly changing environment of the music industry with a focus on sustainable careers and how to get ahead in what is a challenging but immensely enjoyable and rewarding industry.

This is achieved by triangulating the rigorous academia that you would expect to find in a world leading Masters programme, with access to expert industrial insight from accomplished practitioners and experiential learning gained through working on practical real world projects, that expose students to key areas of practice within the music industry.

The course is very much centred around each individual students' career aims and the expertise available affords insight and enables exploration of any aspect of the modern music industry whether you are a creative seeking to take control of your own career or someone seeking to work in business.

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Entry Requirements

We welcome students with qualifications in subjects across the music spectrum. We prefer you to have achieved the equivalent of a first/higher second-class honours Bachelor of Arts degree in a relevant field of study. Equivalent qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements.

Programme at a Glance

PGCert - 60 Credits
  • MU4000 (L7) Music Industry Practice
 (60 Credits)
PGDip - 120 Credits


  • DZ4001(L7) Research Design (20 Credits)
  • DZ4002 (L7) Project Management and Planning (40 Credits)


  • DZ4003 (L7) Masters Project (60 Credits)
Year 1 (full-time)
  • MU4000 (L7) Music Industry Practice (Trimesters 1 and 2)
  • DZ4001 (L7) Research Design (Trimester 1)
  • DZ4002 (L7) Project Management and Planning (Trimesters 2 and 3)
  • DZ4003 (L7) Masters Project (Trimesters 2 and 3)




Further Information

On this course you will study current practice in the music industry, both in the recording industry and in media and live events. You will consider different business models within the industry and look at the way creative products are marketed and promoted. You will engage with the key issue being confronted by the industry; the impact of new technology and the development of the digital marketplace. You will undertake research into the challenges and opportunities that have arisen as a result of rapid technological change in the creative industries.

The course will also give you the opportunity to engage with music industry practice at a professional level and in industrial context. Working on and contributing to field based commercial projects under the direction of an experienced industrial practitioner will enable you to gain hands on experience of a range of Music Industry activities and develop your practical and interpersonal skills. It will also provide a vantage point for in depth reflection on Music Industry practices and a chance to develop your own commercial, professional and industrial strategies.


The academic team is exceptional including Professor Ewa Mazierska who has produced over 20 books on music and media related topics, research and innovation lead, author and musician Dr. Leslie Gillon and music industry professional/ consultant Tony Rigg, who together have run conferences exploring key music topics and produced key texts including Popular Music in the Post-digital Age (Bloomsbury 2018) and The Future of Live Music (Bloomsbury 2020).

The University has a very active research culture for music related studies with a ‘Music  Research  Group’ co-chaired by Mazierska,  Gillon and Rigg.  The group runs regular conferences exploring key music related activities, bringing top experts from the UK and overseas with cutting-edge knowledge to the campus.  Recent publications include ‘Popular Music in the Post-digital Age: Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology’ (Bloomsbury 2019) and ‘The Future of Live Music’ (Bloomsbury 2020), with others in the pipeline exploring subjects including ‘The Evolution of EDM’  and ‘The Present and Future of Music Law’.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,140 per year (UK/EU), £15,950 (International)
Part-time: £4550 for the first 60 credits, £765 per 20 credits thereafter (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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Industry Links

Links with music industry are excellent.  People involved with the course include Honorary Fellow Peter Hook, Aaron Mellor and other key music industry figures depending on the nature of students' interests/ areas of practice.

Peter Hook is a seminal musician who has continued to innovate and inspire throughout his career, which spans five decades.  

Peter co-founded two of the most important bands to emerge from the UK, Joy Division and New Order and has been the driving force behind a number of other successful and influential music projects.  He is responsible for many hit records and is considered to be one of the most iconic and influential bass guitarists in modern music.  They even make bass guitars with his name on them.

Peter remains as busy as ever, continuing to find new and exciting approaches to creating music related experiences.  Peter was one of the first people to enjoy success fusing electronic dance music with orchestras, resulting the ‘Hacienda Classical’ concerts and festivals, inspired by the iconic club that Peter co-owned in the 80s and 90s, also revisiting Joy Division’s back catalogue at the Royal Albert Hall.  Peter has written a number of successful books, been central to many online and real-world events and activities. Fourty years after his first hit record re-issues continue to chart and Peter is still able to produce hits as we have recently seen with a top 10 Billboard hit collaboration with Gorillaz. He continues to perform live online and sell out shows all over the world with his band ‘The Light’.  

We also benefit from the experience of UCLan Leader in Residence and serial entrepreneur Aaron Mellor who owns and operates some of the ‘coolest’, award winning music venues and festivals in the UK.  As well recently saving a number of important grass roots music venues from closure due to the impact of Covid-19, Aaron has also been expanding his international portfolio which includes activities in Los Angeles, Croatia, Ibiza and Dubai.

 As a result of the course’s rich industry networks, when live music activities resume, we have access to a range of facilities including Preston based venues but also other celebrated music spaces including Manchester’s iconic Factory251 where students have previously put on concerts and festivals as part of the course. 

In addition, the University is also a key stakeholder in the city’s ‘Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival’ which is one of the region’s most popular events having attracted audiences of circa 10,000 people in recent years.  This and UCLan’s in-house record label ‘UCLan Recordings’, provide opportunities for student involvement and practice-based research.

Learning Environment and Assessment

All practical classes are delivered in the Media Factory which houses three fully equipped theatres as well as sound recording studios, film and photography studios and a range of music rehearsal rooms and seminar spaces. 

It is intrinsic to the course to engage in "real world", professional domain, industrial projects. Some of these activities are initiated by the course tutors however, as part of the curriculum, students are encouraged to identify and develop their own projects that resonate with their individual professional aspirations and career goals. Such activities provide exposure to people and organisations outside the university, hence providing the opportunity to develop extensive networks of contacts and professional relationships that may prove useful on completion of the course.

Programme Structure

In addition to the full Masters degree, aspects of the programme can be studied resulting in other awards.

Successfully completing the 60 credit Music Industry Practice module MU4000, can result in a Post Graduate Certificate award in Music Industry Management and Promotion.

Successfully completing a further 60 credits will result in a Post Graduate Diploma award in Music Industry Management and Promotion.

Successfully completing the full 180 credit curriculum will result in a Master of Arts award in music Industry Management and Promotion award.

Students can potentially continue to a Professional Doctorate with this MA programme counting as the first year of three, based on full time study.

The specific aims of the Music Industry Management and Promotion programme are to:

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of current practice in the music industry
  • Evaluate the impact of digital technology on the creative industries
  • Analyse the challenges new technology poses to the music industry
  • Appraise opportunities for new models of management and promotion of creative product
  • Develop skills for effective planning and management of industry based projects
  • Enhance complex conceptual, contextual, theoretical, and philosophical understanding
  • Refine articulation to professional standards
  • Foster understanding of health and safety, risk assessments, leadership styles, plus the strategic, systems, and operational aspects of project management
  • Manage people, regulatory procedures, professional ethics, resources, and finances to facilitate specialist arts praxis for specified targets
  • Foster valid, rationalised, ethically constituted, and critically evaluated research
  • Enhance and refine academic, research, specialist praxis, and professional skills to publication standards