The Business of Classical Music MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 degree or higher (or its equivalent) in any discipline.For students for whom English is a second language there will be the requirement that they attain a minimum of 6.5 IELTS with no band less than 6.0.
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Career prospects

Students from the taught postgraduate programmes in the department of Music have gone on to a wide range of careers, including various positions in the music industries, museums, arts administration, journalism, publishing, and teaching. PhDs in Music are in full-time lectureships around the world (e.g. Canada, Sweden). The MMus and MA in Popular Music and Music Industry Studies have been recognised by the AHRC as appropriate training for advanced research and all three pathways prepare students for a level of further training equivalent to doctoral study. 

This programme has the employability needs of students at its very core. Designed jointly with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, who have advised at every stage, the programme draws on the University’s existing strength in music industry studies to help formulate an overview of the music economy. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is located in the local, national and international economies for classical music and the programme is designed to make accessible the decision making processes involved in delivering a product of the highest calibre to prospective audiences. The internship offered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic allows learning to take place in ways that build on classroom understanding. In these ways, you will graduate not just with a theoretical understanding of a complex cultural workplace but with actual experience gained in helping to deliver concerts of the highest quality to the public. Dissertation work is the synergy of practice with theory tailored by, and to, your own understanding of your career needs and aspirations.