Middlesex University

Course Introduction

This course is ideal for graduates with a specific interest in classical music or who have a classical music performance, musicology or composition degree and who want to further progress their career in the classical music industry. The classical music industry is a diverse and interesting employment field and this programme is designed to prepare you for a future in this complex and exciting discipline. The MA Classical Music Business at Middlesex is unique. In addition to its distinct content and specialised teaching, this programme will give you the opportunity take up placements within any classical music organisation, anywhere in the UK, Europe, and other parts of the world. You will examine contemporary issues and practices within the classical music industry and obtain a high level of understanding of how organisations are funded through commercial, public, and philanthropic income. Your work placement will also allow you to explore the practices and required skills of your chosen area within the classical music industry. You will be assessed through a variety of means such as presentations, essays and coursework. The majority of your modules are assessed by reports written in a professional business format which will allow you to develop your skills in researching large volumes of data and analysing and communicating it succinctly to professional classical music business audiences.

The MA Classical Music Business, with its integral work placement, will constitute a bridge between higher education and industry. The work placements will provide you with highly valuable industry experience and will likely to lead to employment, either with the placement organisation or elsewhere. Career prospects can include the following, both nationally and internationally: artist and event management companies; concert agencies; media and music public relations companies; music marketers; orchestral and ensemble management; tour managers; venue management in both the private and maintained sectors.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,500 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,900 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a second class honours degree (2:2) or above in an appropriate subject. We will consider applications from students with academic backgrounds in areas including business, sociology and law as well as the arts. Students with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of experience. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: an IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components); 58 (with 51 in all components) in Pearson Test of English; 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading) in TOEFL (IBT); 176 overall (no less than 169 in any component) in Cambridge First, Advanced, Proficiency - taken post January 2015.