BA Hons Music Business

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Working in partnership with industry experts, world-class academics and Plymouth Marjon University, Ostereo Education is creating a forward-thinking degree programme which empowers learners with the relevant knowledge, demystifying the intricacies of the modern-day music industry and gaining valuable employability skills to secure a job within the music industry after graduation.
Ostereo will launch its programme and open the doors to prospective students in September 2023.


Duration: Three Years
Level: Undergraduate (4, 5, 6)
Campus: Ostereo Education, Greater Manchester
Award: BA Hons
Institute Code: P63
Start date: September 2023
Fees: 2023-2024 / full time: £9,250 per year (UK)


The Future Of The Music Industry

While it’s crucial for our graduates to understand traditional industry elements like radio, print press, physical and live, Ostereo Education gives learners a rounded understanding of today’s industry. This means an emphasis placed on streaming, data, social media promotion and other ever-developing trends and disciplines that power today’s music industry.

Release Music

The course will allow learners to experience an end-to-end release process and actually take the reins of a real-time campaign! This will mean hands-on involvement in the commercial release and promotion of a piece of music.

Careers Focused

Ostereo’s music business programme gives great importance to employability and careers, ensuring its graduates are able to develop their soft and power skills in a safe environment. Every student will be given access to a guaranteed work placement, frequent meetings with an industry mentor, as well as networking opportunities and modules focused on employability.

Study in Manchester

It goes without saying that Greater Manchester has one of the most diverse and culturally significant music and creative scenes in the UK. From the Mad-Chester scene to the Brit-pop stalwarts arising from the county, Manchester’s music scene’s impact is boundless. It is still home to iconic venues like Gorilla, the Deaf Institute, Albert Hall and the Ritz, as well as Manchester Arena and the Academies, which consistently attract the biggest names in music and entertainment.

Authentic Assessment

Providing students with unique insights into the working world in a more vocational setting is something which Ostereo sees as extremely valuable. As such, various means of more “authentic” assessment have been built into the programme. By “authentic” Ostereo means that students will have the opportunity to be assessed on tasks that would be typically carried out by a professional executive working in the music industry.

Industry Led, Academically Backed

Ostereo has worked with a range of qualified academics to develop its programme, under the guidance of Plymouth Marjon, an established UK university. However, ensuring the curriculum is industry-led (and frequently reviewed) means it is brimming with the latest developments surrounding platforms like TikTok, Facebook and relatively nascent concepts such as Blockchain.

Course Modules




Music Consumption
Campaign Planning
Music Distribution
Work-Based Learning Placement
Releasing Music
Copyrights and Intellectual Property
Royalty Collection
Rightsholders in Music
Audiences and Trends
Paying Rightsholders
Introduction to Music Business and Roles in the Industry
Music Law
Careers in Music Business
Studying the Music Business
Music in Media
Royalties & Accounting