Master Online

Songwriting, Production and Music Business

ThinkSpace Education

24 months
13750 GBP/year
13750 GBP/year
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This course is an advanced, practice-based degree which combines professional, commercial, creative and technical skills with theoretical knowledge of business and management. You will learn how to develop yourself as a creative, as well as the business knowledge needed to thrive in any corner of the music industry.


This MFA is a pathway under our new 'MFA Creative Industries' bracketed award, and covers the skills taught in both our MA Songwriting and Music Production and MA International Music Business degree courses.On this course, you will learn:

  • Specialist technical and professional music industry knowledge
  • Music marketing, promotion, and analytics for 2022
  • Advanced business and management theory for the creative industries
  • The ins and outs of copyright, contracts, royalties, licensing, etc.
  • Practical projects and negotiation skills
  • How to think analytically, act strategically, see things differently


On successful conclusion of your course, you will be awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chichester. All UK degrees, including those of the University of Chichester, are recognised worldwide. The qualification is fully accredited in the UK and subject to regular quality control, review and external invigilation to ensure the highest academic standards are maintained.

Programme Structure

Students will complete these core modules:

  • Songwriting and Composition: New Horizons
  • Music Production: Sound and Texture
  • Mixing, Mastering and Collaboration
  • Music Industry in Context
  • Copyright, Contracts and Negotiation
  • Making Money
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Final Major Project or Dissertation

For the Elective modules, students will choose from:

  • EDM and Remix Masterclass
  • Lyric Writing Masterclass
  • Hip Hop and RnB Masterclass
  • Rock and Metal Masterclass
  • Country Music Masterclass
  • Adventures in Experimental Music
  • Contemporary Music in Context
  • Digital Marketing
  • Sync Licensing and Music Supervision
  • Artist Management
  • Advanced Music Promotion
  • Creative Career Development


This course is suitable for those with broad goals, no matter what area of the contemporary music industry you are looking to enter. As a creative, it will give you unique insights into the managerial side of the business that is often ignored by artists and bands.


Our tutors are working professionals at the cutting edge of the industry. They’re successfully navigating the turbulent waters of a constantly changing world and passing on that knowledge and insight to you. They are successful artists, writers, composers or Grammy award winning producers. They have made their way to the top, managing some of the world’s most innovative music companies and groups.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Your main application must be in by the 1st of the month before your start date. Any supporting portfolio and documentation can be handed in 2 weeks later.


180 alternative credits


  • Fully structured
  • Regular optional meetings
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants are required to have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any subject. There is no 'Recognition of Prior Learning' entry method for our MFA courses.

Technological requirements

Being an online degree, students are required to have the equipment they need to produce their own work. This means a Digital Audio Workstation capable of importing video files, as well as sample libraries/synths to write and produce their own music.Full requirements can be found on our website, so feel free to take a look or reach out to us directly.

Tuition Fee

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    13750 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 13750 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    13750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13750 GBP per year during 24 months.

All students are quoted in GBP. All invoices are through the payment provider 'Flywire'. This allows you to pay the full fee in your home currency.


For UK students, you may be eligible for government student loans to pay for your course fees, maintenance and additional equipment. This amount is paid directly to you by the Student Loan Company.We try to provide exceptional value to all students both in the UK and the rest of the world. Our fee structure is extremely competitive and, as such, does not allow us as much room for bursaries or scholarships as some providers. However, on occasion, we do award part scholarships to exceptionally talented applicants, particularly those from disadvantaged or under-represented groups, to help them fulfil their potential.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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