Music Industries

University of Glasgow

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
18370 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Music Industries course at the University of Glasgow provides an opportunity to explore the music industries - with a focus on popular music - from the perspectives of history, research methods and theory, contemporary debates, and work-based learning. 


Making the most of the city of Glasgow and its vibrant popular music ecosystem including a rich network of venues, festivals, and small to medium music businesses, this degree is distinctive for its emphasis on work-based learning with opportunities for arranged placements in existing music companies on the one hand, or supervised music entrepreneurship projects on the other.

Why study the Music Industries course at the University of Glasgow?

  • Our approach is multidisciplinary: we employ a variety of academic approaches and draw upon the University's expertise in a range of disciplines including sociology, cultural studies, musicology and politics.
  • You will be studying in the City of Glasgow with its vibrant and exciting music scene – the UK’s first UNESCO city of music.
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including seminar and practice rooms, a small library, an audio lab, studios, and the University’s concert hall.


The programme opens opportunities to enter and develop your career or business in the music (or related media and creative) industries. The programme will provide you with:

  • experience working in the music industries via either placement or entrepreneurship pathways
  • critical methods of evaluating music industries research produced by different stakeholders (e.g. academics, lobbying groups, and policymakers)
  • knowledge of the key theoretical, historical, and methodological debates in music industries and popular music research

Recent graduates work as Head of Publisher Services at PRS/ ICE Services, label services manager at Ferocious Management, Royalties Administrator at BBC Studios and lecturer in Commercial Music. Others are self-employed artists and music entrepreneurs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Popular Music Research
  • Working In Music Since 1900
  • Music Industries Project 
  • The Contemporary Music Industries
  • Popular Music Politics 
  • Music Industries Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
  • You are also required to submit an admissions statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to undertake the MLitt in Music Industries at Glasgow. Please download and use our Music Industries admissions template for this.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18370 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18370 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Home and EU Part-time fee: £944 per 20 credits


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Music Industries
University of Glasgow


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