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About the course

Looking to enter the world of music management, working with the latest bands or organising gigs and festivals? Turn your existing qualifications into a full honours degree with Solent’s music management top-up course to help get your career in the music industry started.

Our music courses ranked 15th out of 66 other UK institutions for student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

Solent’s industry-focused top-up degree will help students enhance business skills and knowledge, and develop a solid understanding of the workings and opportunities of the contemporary music industries. Through a combination of practical experience, theory and contextualisation, students build essential skills in music management, such as music business strategy and entrepreneurship, music law, copyright and finance, the mechanics of the music industries and the importance of digital music markets, helping them to enhance career potential within the industry including management companies, artist management, record companies, music publishing, media firms and live music agencies. 

Learning is supported by a varied programme of guest speakers, who have previously included: Oasis Manager, Marcus Russell; Vice President of Live Nation UK, Andy Copping; Radio 1 and Bestival’s Rob da Bank; owner of the 25 Hour Convenience Store record label, Wayne Clarke; Franz Ferdinand and Vaccines manager, Cerne Canning; Mute Records’ head of press, Zoe Miller; tour manager, Tre Stead; Radio 1 DJ, Danny Howard; drum and bass pioneer DJ, Fabio; Joel De’Ath (Sony Music), Sarah Robertson (Bristol Colston Hall), and Mark Lawrence, CEO of The Association for Electronic Music.

Solent is proactive in bringing music to a wider audience.  In previous years, students studying our range of music courses have been involved in planning, organising and promoting various music related events from gigs and club nights to the University’s own annual SMILEfest event.  This has been through Solent Music, our in-house organisation which manages work experience opportunities and promotes music students’ practice-based work. In addition, you can work with our other in-house creative agencies which provide further opportunities to work with businesses on real-life projects and live briefs aimed at gaining valuable work experience and building a professional network.

This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up degree

The course team’s excellent music industry links can allow students to benefit from guest speaker talks, work experience opportunities and conference events, such as the annual SMILE Festival.

What does this course lead to?

Solent’s Music Management top-up degree prepares students for a wide range of roles within the music, media and creative industries. Graduates could progress from this course into careers such as artist management, recording and publishing, events management, public relations or tour management.

Who is this course for?

This top-up degree is ideal for those who have previously studied a related subject to HND level or equivalent and who wish to pursue a career in the music industry. The one-year course allows students to convert this existing qualification to a full honours degree.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry WW37
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with merit overall (55 per cent average)

  • Or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree, or an equivalent overseas qualification, together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS score of 6 or above).
  • Applicants must attend an interview as part of the application process.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Collaborative Project
  • Music and Culture
  • Managing Artists and the Media
  • Management for the Music Business


  • Festival Cultures
  • Consuming Music
  • Copyright, Piracy and the Music Industries
  • Film Music

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams


The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities for its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points. The course uses industry-standard Adobe Systems applications, and access is provided to a wide range of other programs and equipment needed to complete coursework.

Southampton is a vibrant city with a diverse music scene and is a thriving hub for music venues. Students can get involved with the University’s in-house creative agencies, including Solent Music. 

Industry links

The course has strong links with employers in music, media, entertainment and leisure, delivering high-profile guest lectures from some of the biggest names in the music industry.  In the past this has included:

  • Marcus Russell (manager of Oasis and Noel Gallagher)
  • Cerne Canning (manager of The Vaccines and Franz Ferdinand)
  • Colin Lester (manager of Craig David and former manager of Arctic Monkeys)
  • Nick Halkes (Incentive Records and Management)
  • Andy Copping (Vice President of Live Nation UK)
  • James McMahon (editor of Kerrang!)
  • Kate Head (PR for Taylor Swift, Tinchy Stryder and many others)
  • Rob Da Bank (Radio 1, Bestival)
  • James Endeacott (1965 Records)
  • Tones Samson (One Little Indian Records)
  • Carl Loben (Editor – DJ Magazine)
  • Trevor Horn (world-renowned producer)
  • Danny Howard (Radio 1)
  • Mike Smith (President of Music at Virgin EMI Universal)
  • Glenn Matlock (The Sex Pistols)
  • Sarah Robertson (Bristol Colston Hall)
  • Joel De’Ath (Sony Music)
  • Laura Barton (The Guardian)
  • Mark Lawrence (CEO of The Association for Electronic Music)
  • Zoe Miller (Head of Press at Mute Records)
  • Alan McGee (Creation Records)

Through the University’s in-house Solent Music initiative, students may also have the opportunity to work on artist management and development, record company style projects, live events, club nights and more.  Solent Music has managed over 1,500 work experience opportunities and has worked with a range of local and national music businesses, as well as managing guest speaker and academic conferences where students may have the opportunity to network with industry personnel.


Students are encouraged to find work experience during their time at University, and to get involved with the University’s in-house creative agencies, Solent Music, Solent Productions or Solent Creatives.

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