Law and Music 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Keele has always been well-known for its flexible and unusual degree combinations, and this programme enables you to combine two key areas within the Humanities: Law, a traditional vocational subject, and Music, a creative and interpretive discipline. 

Combined Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: MW13

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Course Overview

Law and Music

School link:
School of Law

Modules in Law allow you to examine law in its social, political, ethical, historical and international contexts. You’ll explore core legal subjects such as crime, torts, contract, land, equity and public law, developing your understanding of the rules which structure relationships between governments and citizens, and between private individuals.

Our Music modules also allow you to investigate music in a wide range of contexts. At Keele, as well as focussing on the creation and performance of music, you’ll examine its meaning and uses in a diversity of styles, periods and traditions, through topics including history, aesthetics, theory, and music’s social impact.

Combining music with a study of the law, you will understand the commercial context in which the modern music industry functions and come to appreciate that there are multiple forms of creativity in both music and legal practice.

This degree programme may be suitable for those who are interested in Law but who do not wish to enter the legal profession immediately upon graduation. Combined degrees including Law are not qualifying Law degrees but fit with a variety of career pathways including business and finance. After further study and/or training you might work as a licensed conveyancer, chartered accountant or tax advisor.

What will this mean for my future?

Graduates from programmes involving Music apply their transferable creative and intellectual skills to careers including media production, finance and banking, publishing, broadcasting, marketing and consultancy. You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level, recording companies, or companies producing games, films, radio or television.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Legal Skills 
  • Legal Systems 
  • Twentieth-Century Musics 
  • World Musics 
  • Sound Recording 
  • Popular Music

Second year

  • Crime, Land and Contract Law 
  • Introduction to Public International Law 
  • Law with Ethics 
  • Music in German Culture 
  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film 
  • Indian Music 
  • Music in the Community (work placement module)

Third year

  • EU Law 
  • Equity and Trusts 
  • Dissertation in Law or Music 
  • Business Leases 
  • Commercial Law 
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law 
  • International Law 
  • Recital 
  • Composition
  • Contextual Studies 
  • Approaches to Music Analysis