Popular Music at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

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Course summary

Perfect for songwriters, singers, rappers, and producers wanting to make original music and develop a career in the fast-moving and competitive music industry, this course will help you build skills in: • songwriting • performing as a soloist or as part of a group • music production • music business. Whether you’re interested in electronica, pop or metal or something in between (or something completely new), you’ll learn everything you need to know to make fantastic music. You’ll write songs, perform live, record, produce and remix your music while also studying the history and culture of popular styles. In the final year, you’ll put together a portfolio of your music making, ready to make your mark on the music industry. Why Study Popular Music BMus(Hons) at University of Huddersfield? We ranked 27th in the world for Performing Arts (QS World University Subject Rankings 2023). Plus, 90% of graduates from this course are in work and/or further study 15 months after graduating (Unistats 20/21 data, UK domiciled graduates). You’ll be learning from the best, too, as your teachers are professional songwriters, producers, and performers. Plus, in our state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities, with access to rehearsal spaces, recording studios, concert venues and a selection of equipment and instruments, you can choose your own focus, develop your unique sound, and put industry-standard techniques to the test. You’ll also be able to attend masterclasses and workshops given by distinguished visiting performers. You can participate in an optional supervised work placement in your area of interest in your third year, utilising our broad industry links and boosting your employability. Professional Bodies Huddersfield is a corporate member of the Independent Society of Musicians (ISM). At Huddersfield, you’ll study the Global Professional Award alongside your degree† so that you can gain valuable qualities and experiences that could help you to get the career you want, no matter what your field of study is. †full-time, undergraduate first degrees with a minimum duration of three years. This does not include postgraduate, foundation, top-up, accelerated or apprenticeship degrees. Why Huddersfield? Huddersfield’s vibrant and friendly campus is a great place from which to study, while the town itself offers lots to see and do, with good transport links in and around the area.


Year 1 modules include: • Performance Skills 1 • Songwriting 1 • Desktop Music Production 1 • Studio Engineering and Mixing Essentials • Introduction to Music Research. To see the full range of modules and descriptions (including option modules), please visit our website. A link to this course can be found at the bottom of the page in the ‘Course contact details’ section.

Assessment method

Teaching is via lectures, seminars, workshops, and more. You'll benefit from individual tutorials, practical workshops, composition clinics, masterclasses and rehearsals, and opportunities for individually devised projects that may involve off-campus placements. Assessment includes written and oral examinations, dissertations, essays, seminar papers, analyses, practical projects, composition folios, performance recitals, learning journals and peer assessment. Your module specification/course handbook provides full assessment criteria details.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Practical and theory music grades 6-8 will be accepted in the total points. Entry is also possible for applicants who don’t hold standard UK qualifications. Applicants will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day, at which you will have the opportunity to perform and be given feedback on your performance. You should have good technical ability and potential as a performer (roughly equivalent to the standard of grade 7-8 practical music making, where applicable). International and mature applicants who don’t hold standard UK qualifications can provide a portfolio to demonstrate skills relevant to the course. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.


Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16500 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and finance - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/ If you are an EU or international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/ Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Sponsorship information

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/ For more information about our Music scholarships see our website - https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/music-scholarships/

Popular Music at University of Huddersfield - UCAS