Course overview

For experienced business managers and future business leaders from all segments of the music & creative industries. This innovative flexible programme is structured to allow you to continue working full time. It connects your learning to current global and relevant organisational issues whilst also benefiting from other industry perspectives.

This MBA programme has been developed in collaboration with an international team of executives from across the music and creative industries.  It is built upon the Henley Flexible Executive MBA programme, and enhanced with a bespoke programme of workshops and presentations from leading individuals and companies in the music and creative industries to meet the specific needs of international business professionals.

A dynamic steering committee together with leading business professionals and Henley Academics have created the content and the supportive environment for this programme.

The Henley MBA for Music and Creative Industries has been designed around the core Henley Flexible Executive MBA. Specially tailored workshops for the music and creative industries have been incorporated into the core modules to enhance learning and have been designed to involve industry and focus on key issues of the day. This ensures that the MBA programme is relevant to this creative, innovative and entrepreneurial business sector by covering areas such as:

  • IP Management and copyright development    
  • Brand sponsorship, branded content and value creation    in the music and creative industries    
  • Evaluation and analysis of business models and    alternative funding options and their impact on stakeholders    
  • International policy, regulation and leadership in    the creative sector    
  • International business, global strategies and market opportunities in a dynamic, often disruptive and frequently convergent market

The programme aims to:

  • Develop and enhance the skills of future music and    creative industry leaders and innovators    
  • Help direct strategic energy and insight, to reflect    on business models, decision making and business challenges    
  • Lead creative and innovative businesses in a way that welcomes and supports responsible leadership; a key trait of the Henley MBA.

The programme is structured to allow you to continue working in full-time employment while studying part time, connecting your learning to current global, international and organisational issues within the business community and the music industry.

Who is this MBA for?

The MBA is intended to appeal to those in all areas of business responsibility across the broader music and creative industries to include: Business managers, industry executives, middle or senior management, owner managers, heads of departments, those responsible for building or leading teams, creative managers, from SMEs to major corporations.

Creative Dynamics

This is an innovative new series developed to provide engagement with industry on cutting edge topics throughout the creative sector.  MBA students for the Music & Creative Industries get full access to these events.

These events are for SME’s and corporates designed for middle and senior management across the creative industries. They allow for the development of new insights, strategic discussions and new perspectives to be discussed in a positive environment.

Events to date:

Managing for Disruptive Innovation - white paper available

Music & Brand partnerships – report available

Building business performance through managing creativity.

Opportunities in Branded content – report available.

Tuning in - Leadership and Strategy in the Digital Economy.

Marketing with Byte(s) - Analytics with Attitude - report available

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Why Henley?

We empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders, who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Whatever mode of learning chosen, the Henley MBA proves to be a life-changing experience for many. An enriching experience that provides new outlooks that will shape your decisions throughout your life. Intense, rewarding, challenging, stimulating and relevant.

The Henley MBA is a truly international experience, with a global focus to the syllabus and research, enriching study trips and a cohort drawn from the leading economies of the world.

The support

Personal development is woven into the fabric of the Henley MBA. We take a whole-person approach which acknowledges the complexity of balancing work, home, study and career. In addition to a high level of individual support while studying at Henley, services are available to assist your career ambitions, including coaching, networking, mentoring, and recruitment resources.

The alumni network

Your cohort and cohorts from previous years are likely to form the most valuable network throughout your career. From day one you join the alumni association, a group of 56,000 spread over 150 countries. There are regional and international alumni groups and Special Interest Groups providing a priceless series of events, mentoring programmes, career advice, and industry contacts and information.

The environment – Executive and Flexible Executive MBA

The Executive and Flexible Executive MBA are taught at our Greenlands campus on the banks of the River Thames in Oxfordshire within 30 acres of beautiful conservation parkland. We are less than an hour’s drive from Heathrow Airport, within easy reach of London and close to many major motorway links. It is perfect for quiet reflection as well as stimulating debate with other leading business minds and provides an ideal learning environment for busy executives: you have the space and surroundings required to stretch your mind and think away from the pressures of the office.

Class sizes are deliberately small and delivered in board-room style seminar rooms to facilitate group work and discussion. Resources include the ARC (Academic Resource Centre) that holds books, journals, market research reports, dissertations, working papers and company information. The modern new space provides the perfect place for study, including a 24-hour Quiet Study Space.

Leisure facilities include a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness centre, outdoor sporting facilities, on-site accommodation and restaurant.

The environment – Full-time MBA

The Full-time MBA is taught at our Whiteknights site at the beautiful University of Reading campus. Opened in 2009, the £25 million Business School is one of the newest and most visually impressive buildings on campus. Prominent features include a 250-seat conference standard lecture theatre, seminar rooms equipped with the latest technology, PC labs, dedicated research space, a popular cafe and visitor area and the Academic Resource Centre (ARC).

As a result of our demanding entry requirements and rigorous approach to teaching and learning, we attract only the most ambitious and capable graduates. This provides you with a peer group from whom you can learn and share your knowledge, ideas and experience.

The campus is a short trip to the centre of Reading, a vibrant town on the River Thames that boasts a rich selection of entertainment and leisure activities, from music and bars, to sport and shopping. It is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the UK, with 13 of the world’s top 30 global brands based in the region, including Vodafone, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and Intel. Reading is just 25 minutes by train to central London – close enough but not too close!

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How we teach you

Our MBA programme has a particularly strong focus on themes of international business, leadership and corporate reputation. There is a real hands-on approach to learning, you work collaboratively with your fellow students and classes are taught by international faculty at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Our MBA programmes combine the best in academic theory with practical, real life projects. This means that as well as having an outstanding learning experience, you will be ready to put it all into practice immediately when you are back in the workplace.

At Henley, we recognise that you want to develop yourself to prepare for the challenges of business leadership, so within the programmes there is a continuous element of personal development and career development to support you throughout your journey.

On the Full-time and Executive MBA programmes, you have the opportunity to go on an international study visit, to an overseas location where Henley has a developed network and a strong footprint.

Everything above is informed by Henley's eminent reputation in teaching practising managers and in research excellence and application.

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How to apply

We are currently reviewing applications for the next intake. Please contact if you would like to be considered for a place.

Apply for 2016 entry now

You can either apply online or email your completed application form, along with all of the supplementary documents, to

All applicants must submit:

  1. A Completed application form. You can complete an application form as a Word document;
  2. Up to date CV;
  3. Certified copies of degree certificates;
  4. Satisfactory references - two business references. References should be completed using our reference form and emailed back directly from the referee; and
  5. English language test results or an English Proficiency at Work form, if applicable.

Please see the entry requirements and application form notes before submitting your application.

Application Deadlines

We operate a rolling admissions system and it is recommended that you apply early to secure your place. To allow time for us to process your application, we recommend that you apply by the following date:

  • Executive MBA applicants: 1 September 2016

Please Note: Successful Executive MBA candidates will be expected to attend an 'Executive Development Day' which offers them the opportunity to network with fellow cohort members, faculty and alumni. You will also be able to familiarise yourself further with the MBA programme requirements, pre-reading, assessing your Henley virtual learning environment and participate in some interesting group activities.

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Meet us

As a participant on the world-renowned Henley MBA, you will find yourself working with senior and experienced professionals from every industry, whose knowledge and expertise are vital resources in your learning. It is this enriched environment that enables many graduates to leave with a far wider understanding of business, and will inevitably help you gain a firmer grasp on global business.

To our faculty, the Henley MBA experience is more than just knowledge. It is imparting the wisdom and resolve to make measured and informed decisions under pressure – and developing the strength of character to inspire those around you to achieve their full potential.

Personal development - a key MBA focus

Taking a whole-person-approach, the Henley MBA develops your abilities as a responsible, principled and entrepreneurial leader.

  • On-going support.  Whether an Executive or Full-time student, the immersive environment at Henley will help you focus on your leadership and personal skills – through workshops and one-to-ones – whilst developing your understanding of business theory.
  • Coaching – feeding your ambition. To further the high-levels of individual support and personal development on our programmes, our MBA students have access to support and coaching services to help further career ambitions – including mentoring and recruitment resources.

Putting business theory into practice

  • Master the theory behind business-best-practice. To understand the theory you have to see it functioning in a real-world scenario. That is why our MBA portfolio revolves around practical assignments. Either through group work, or personal projects, you will have to handle challenges using the theory you have learned in the classroom.
  • Leading research – shaping a modern programme. As a Business School, we pride ourselves on providing leading and innovative research. It is this research and new-thinking that informs and shapes the Henley MBA, keeping it relevant and cutting-edge.

An international network – make lasting connections across industry

From your first day with Henley, you become a part of the Henley global alumni association – a group of over 56,000 graduates spanning 150 countries.

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Important information

Programme Length:
30 months part-time

Optional Stage 3 study visit not included within the above price. Please allow approximately £2,500 plus your flights and Visa costs.

March 2016

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Course modules

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2014/15. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.


Schedule for the MBA for Music and Creative Industries - March 2016 intake.

Stage 1
  • Leadership and Personal Development (3 days) + Music & Creative Industries (M&CI) in Context – The challenge ahead (1 day)
  • Managing Processes & Systems (2 days) + (M&CI) Adding structure and process to creative chaos (1 day)
  • Managing Financial Resources (2 days) + (M&CI)   A financial and strategic analysis of changing business models(1 day)
  • Managing People (2 days), Personal Development (1 day) + (M&CI) Managing Creatives – Building business performance through managing creativity (1 day)
  • 14 days in total.
Stage 2
  • Strategy (2 days), Research Skills (1 day) + (M&CI)   Leading strategic change in an innovation led economy  (1 day)
  • International Business (2 days) + (M&CI) Building an international business strategy and ‘Rights’ management touch points (1 day)
  • Strategic Marketing (2 days), Personal Development (1 day) + (M&CI) Power of marketing connections (1 day)
  • Reputation and Responsibility (2 days) + (M&CI)  Guest keynote speaker & networking lunch ½ day 
  • 13 1/2 days in total
Stage 3
  • Leadership and Change (1 1/2 days) + Personal Development (1 day)
  • Elective module (online) or International Study Visit (7 days)
  • Management Research Challenge (2 days) + closing networking dinner with industry guests

Fees & Funding

Please note that a non-refundable deposit is payable when confirming your acceptance of an offer of a place. This is part of your tuition fee and will be deducted from the total amount upon enrolment.


Fees for the Henley MBA for Music and Creative Industries are £24,500 for the 30-month course.

Next intake: March 2016

Tuition Fee Breakdown for the MBA for Music and Creative Industries - March 2016 intake.

Fee reductions are available for some applicants. Please contact for information on qualified reductions.

Other sources of external funding

Salary Sacrifice Schemes

Salary sacrifice is an arrangement that you as a student can arrange with your current or prospective employer. It combines tax exemptions that exist for your work related training and scholarships with a sacrifice of salary, reducing the net (after tax) cost to you.

Employers can finance training costs for their current or prospective employees through salary or bonus sacrifice.

Costs related to study, travel, accommodation and subsistence can be paid free of tax and NIC, reducing the net cost to the student by up to 47%.

Talk to your HR department about existing internal schemes. Or for more information you can also get in touch with a tax advisory firm to discuss how possible arrangements could work with your employer.

Santander Loan (part-time courses)

Henley Business School is pleased to announce that a loan is available through Santander to assist Henley Business School programme members with funding across our portfolio of part-time programmes, including MBA courses. Participants who are studying whilst continuing employment now have the opportunity to borrow up to £20,000 to help towards their course fees. Rates from 4.3% APR on loans from £7,500 to £15,000. See the Santander Loan document for terms and more detail.

For more information please contact Edward Willoughby on 05511486340 or email.

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. These loans are open to UK residents.

Grants Scholarships - UK & Overseas

The Grants Register, published by Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 1403921164), is the most authoritative and comprehensive guide available about postgraduate grants and professional funding worldwide. Each entry has been verified by the awarding bodies concerned ensuring that every piece of information is accurate. As an annual publication, each edition also provides the most current details available today. Copies are available in the reference section of most public libraries.

Henley MBA for Music and Creative Industries Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a limited number of scholarships and bursaries available for the March 2016 intake for the MBA for Music and Creative Industries.

Henley MBA for Music & Creative Industries Scholarships March 2016


A scholarship is financial support awarded by an academic institution to a student on the basis of academic merit. A key consideration in our selection of Henley's MBA for Music & Creative Industries Scholarship award will therefore be the degree to which we believe the candidate will make a significant contribution to the quality of the Henley MBA programme.


Candidates must hold an unconditional offer for the March 2016 intake of the MBA for Music & Creative Industries programme. It is likely that award winners will have a PhD, Master’s degree, or either a UK first-class Honours Degree or its international equivalent from a reputable, leading University or academic institution.

All students with an unconditional offer for the March 2016 intake of the MBA for Music & Creative Industries are considered for the scholarship, which is decided by a panel of Henley Business School faculty. Their decision is final and not open to discussion or appeal by applicants. Candidates who are awarded the scholarship will be notified within three weeks of the closing date; those who have not been awarded a scholarship will not be notified.


Two x 50% awards.

Scholarships cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.


30 months

Closing date

Friday, 15 January 2016 for March 2016 intake.

Applicants will need to hold a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley MBA for Music & Creative Industries for March 2016 in order to be considered. Applicants are therefore advised to submit their full programme applications with all supporting documents no later than a full six weeks before the scholarship deadline.

Henley MBA for Music & Creative Industries Bursaries March 2016


An MBA bursary provides financial assistance to a student who meets specific eligibility criteria set by the Henley Business School faculty and whose personal circumstances demonstrate the need for financial support. In addition, a limited number of bursaries are made available to students from specific target categories of students who bring diversity to the MBA programme at Henley.


Candidates must hold an unconditional offer for the March 2016 intake for the Music & Creative Industries MBA programme. Applicants may apply based on one of the following categories:

  • Applicants who bring knowledge and experience regarding international business and management, in particular in emergent markets and/or in culturally diverse settings.
  • Applicants employed by an organisation within the non-profit/voluntary sector that makes a contribution to improve the personal or social experiences of communities or individuals.
  • Applicants who currently work in small- to medium-sized organisations or head their own organisation.
  • Applicants from any industry or background who are able to demonstrate highly valuable business or individual experience which would contribute to team learning.

Bursary applications are considered by a faculty panel at Henley Business School and their decision is final and not open to discussion or appeal by applicants. Candidates who are awarded a bursary will be notified within three weeks of the closing deadline via email; those who have not been awarded a scholarship will not be notified.


A number of awards are available between 15% and 50% of the programme fees for March 2016 and are decided based on both the strength of the applicant and their individual circumstances.

Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake if a student chooses to defer their entry.


30 months

Closing date

Friday, 15 January 2016 for March 2016 intake.

Applicants will need to hold a full unconditional offer of a place on the Henley MBA for Music & Creative Industries for March 2016 in order to be considered. Applicants are therefore advised to submit their full programme applications with all supporting documents no later than a full six weeks before the bursary deadline.

The University provides opportunities to students from a wide range of backgrounds, who have the desire and ability to succeed. There are a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer for postgraduate students. For further information see: Money matters, costs and budgets for postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

Designed for experienced practicing managers, most of which already have nine or more years of managerial experience. Sharing your experience with fellow programme members enriches your learning.

To join this Henley MBA programme you will need:

*A good degree or the equivalent professional or international qualification is normally required; However we do welcome applications from candidates with exceptional management experience who may not meet all the formal criteria for admission. If you have a minimum of 5 year’s experience at a senior or strategic level with no degree, we would be happy to consider an application. Our Admission Panel reviews all non-standard applications for suitability. 

**Please see the English language requirements (PDF) for a list of approved English language tests. We require applicants whose native language is not English or who did not complete their first degree in English to have taken one of the following tests and to have reached the minimum level indicated.

You are required to submit documentary evidence of your performance level with your application. Please indicate on your application form the qualification you have taken and the grade you obtained and attach the appropriate certificate.

Alternatively, if the everyday working language of your current employer is English, please download and complete the proficiency at work (PDF) form, to be submitted with the Application. This must be signed by your Line Manager or HR Department.

Careers and accreditations

Our aim at Henley Careers is to empower and enable you to leave the Business School confident in being able to progress your career forward successfully.

We are committed to enable you to take a strong career leadership approach to your career planning. We will work with you to help you understand yourself better, as well as truly understand the obstacles and opportunities around you. Research both at Henley and other leading Business Schools shows that people who are self-reliant and are ‘career-activists’ usually achieve higher levels of success. We therefore encourage your job search to be driven by you and your needs, but along the way, we provide you with advice and insight regarding your strategy.


What can you do with our service?

Meet with a Career Consultant – book in with your careers consultant to discuss any careers-related topic. We will support you in gaining a better understanding of what really matters for you personally, how you can plan your career autonomously, or assist you in making tough decisions at times of uncertainty. We can also take a quick look at your CV / application or assist you with improving your interview and assessment performance.

Sign up to a Lunchtime Careers Workshop– The Lunchbox Careers Workshop Programme is a series of workshops open to all Henley students to discover insights into different Industries and job functions, build your self-awareness and develop personal skills as well as get practical hints and tips on job application and assessment.  Go to MyJobsOnline to see the programme of events and sign up to attend any of these lunchtime events.

Network at The Monday Night Employer Panel - come along and question companies from a selection of industries; from City Finance to Sales & Marketing! This is prime opportunity for you to network with these businesses and understand more about their sectors by quizzing them on topics of interest to you - from how to get in, to a day in the life of their employees.

Attend timetabled Careers Teaching – attend teaching sessions specifically timetabled for you. Topics have been tailored to support those of you preparing to apply for graduate positions or separately for those of you with previous work experience and seeking employment as an experienced candidate.

Network at employer events – attend our events when various employers will be on site to talk to you about their companies, industries and opportunities, and answer your questions.

Access our online career resources 24/7/365 – visit the Henley Careers blackboard site for online support – we provide you with a wealth of information to support you through every stage of the careers process.

Apply for jobs through MyJobsOnline – visit the University’s job board and search through the database of job adverts. Many employers specifically aim to attract applicants from Henley Business School and advertise with us.

Attend the Business Leaders programme – get involved with the Business Leaders programme and develop your understanding of leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development through a series of stimulating workshops and networking opportunities.


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