Postgraduate taught 

Music Industries MSc

Music Industries Project MUSIC5091

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course offers students a practical introduction to working with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), industry organisations and social enterprises in the music industries.


3 x 1-hour seminars and 1 x 2-hour workshop in semester 1; work placement or approved individual project in semester 2 with 2 x 2-hour individual supervision sessions.

Excluded Courses

MUSIC5005 Music Industries Placement.




Podcast: 10 minutes duration, plus 500 word A4 summary (30%)

Portfolio: Report and personal learning reflection - 5000 word report, 2000 word personal learning reflection (70%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to freelance and entrepreneurial working practices.

■ Introduce students to aspects of work in the music industries.

■ Develop students' critical understanding of music industries practices and practitioners.

■ Promote employability through opportunity for practical experience.

■ Explore and participate in problem-solving and project planning within the music industries.

■ Enable students to develop a critical and reflective approach to different types of work in the music industries, and evaluate their practical experience against key academic debates in the field.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Analyse and communicate (in a podcast) the operation of a small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sized industry organisation or social enterprise involved in the music industries.

■ Identify potential collaborators from across the music industries.

■ Develop a project proposal and/ or application for pitching to supervisors and placement providers.

■ Critically evaluate their experience of working in a music industries environment and collaborating with professional practitioners across the music industries, relating these to wider theories surrounding musical labour, the creative industries and music specifically.

■ Critically reflect on their work in relation to personal development and employability.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.