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Course summary

Studying Commercial Music will give you a firm grounding in the key knowledge and skills needed to work professionally in the music industry. Wherever your passion in music lies, our course offers you plenty of opportunity to hone your skills and study areas of commercial music that are new to you. Popular music is at the heart, and you'll develop strong skills in performance, instrumental technique, song writing and composition. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in a wide range of practical briefs that mirror real-world music industry work, and you’ll have the chance to collaborate with students from other courses in the School of Creative Arts and Industries. As you progress through the degree, you'll have opportunities to perform, record, produce and compose music in specialist facilities. Once you've gained a firm grounding in different aspects of commercial music, you'll be able to select optional modules that focus on specialist areas such as media music, music leadership and teaching, film music and education, music and psychology. Top reasons to study with us

  • You’ll learn in our purpose-built creative arts building, Daphne Oram, which provides the latest facilities, including professional-grade rehearsal, recording, and performance spaces.
  • From our Canterbury Campus you’ll have access to the vibrant live music scenes in Canterbury, Margate, and Ramsgate, home to a variety of venues and international music festivals.
  • You’ll be supported by tutors who are highly skilled musicians with international experience and whose teaching is informed by their work as active performers, producers and composers.
  • 92% of our Commercial Music students were satisfied overall with their course. National Student Survey 2022
  • A year-round programme of events will offer you the opportunity to showcase your talents in a variety of venues, including Canterbury Cathedral.
  • You’ll have regular one-to-one vocal and/or instrumental lessons.
Specialist facilities You’ll have access to excellent facilities, including:
  • St Gregory’s, a historic church that has been converted into a beautiful music venue which seats 150 and has been designed to enhance the experience of the audience and performer.
  • Music studios, in our dedicated creative arts building, are kitted out with in-house instruments and state-of-the-art control rooms sporting both digital sound and video editing software.
  • Performance areas for large and small gigs, and stunning venues, including Canterbury Cathedral.
Location This course is run at our Canterbury Campus in Kent. Canterbury is just 50 miles south-east of London and less than an hour by high-speed train from St Pancras. Located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site the campus offers state-of-the-art buildings, right in the centre of a vibrant and world-famous cathedral city. You’ll benefit from a campus with excellent learning and teaching resources, music venues, a superb sports centre, a well-stocked bookshop and plenty of coffee bars and places to eat. A short walk away is Augustine House our award-winning library and home to a vast range of learning resources and student support teams. Modules For a list of core and likely optional modules, please visit our website.


For a list of core and likely optional modules, please visit our website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The fees above are for the 2024/25 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2024/25. In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website. International Tuition Fees (including EU fees): To be confirmed Undergraduate tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees. The University’s 2024/25 Overseas tuition fees for International students, and information about any mid-course increases, will be published on each course webpage. More details about International student fees and funding and any Scholarships which are available can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:
Commercial Music at Canterbury Christ Church University - UCAS