Commercial Music

UCAS codes

  • W340 -

Course contact

Allan Dumbreck or Jim Prime
+44 (0)141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

Commercial Music
  • BA - 3 years
  • BA (Hons) - 4 years


  • Ayr
  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

  • September

Music is one of the UK’s largest industries by export alone and the professionally accredited Commerical Music course at University of the West of Scotland aims to enable those with talent, drive and ability to forge a varied, lifelong career incorporating performance, business, composition, production and sociology elements, in areas such as music promotion, tour management, sound engineering and production.


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  • SQA Highers: BBBC inc English or relevant alternative 
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC inc English or relevant alternative
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC inc English or relevant alternative
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBC + HG English
  • GCE A-Levels: BBC
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
  • SQA HNC: Music; Music Performance; Music Technology; Music Production; Music Business, or relevant discipline
  • BTEC Level 4 HNC: Communication, Media or relevant discipline
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM 
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree / Advanced Diploma: Music; Performance; Music Technology; Music Business
All applicants will be expected to submit a strong personal statement and reference. Applicants may be invited for interview and/or audition.

Developed in response to industry requirements, the focus is on a rapidly developing modern music business and the exciting opportunities brought about by new media. Lecturers are practising music industry professionals and guest speakers have included Shirley Manson and Ricky Ross. 

Designed for songwriters, producers and DJs, and those wishing to run small record companies or stage live events, you will develop a variety of specialisms, making you a sufficiently versatile graduate.

Year 1

An introduction to performance, production and the sociology/industry environment.

Year 2

Core subjects include analysis of media sources and intellectual property rights. Performance options include song-writing and instrumental/group skills. Production elements include digital music production, new media and website design.

Year 3

You will undertake a major self-directed project and further explore options including song-writing and production modules. Work-related learning is also an option.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will undertake a major research project (dissertation) and produce a music project whereby you release a single on a variety of platforms. You will work towards the prestigious showcase event and awards ceremony at Glasgow’s CCA.

Graduates work as record company scouts, promoters, tour managers, sound engineers, producers and performing and recording artists. 

Further study

Graduates could continue their studies on the MA Songwriting and Performance or the MA Music: Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses at UWS.

International opportunities include performance at European festivals, placements in North America and study options at any of our 80 international partner establishments. 

A work-related learning module provides opportunities to gain experience in a relevant organisation or company. Project work, including record releases and performance events, will be staged regularly.


creative-skillset-logo_OriginalBA (Hons) Commercial Music is part of the UWS Creative Skillset Media Academy, is an Avid Authorised Training Partner and has JAMES accreditation.
 james_accredlogo_opt_OriginalUWS is an academic supporter of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).


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