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Course summary

Serious about a career in the music industry? Ready to join a course that’s produced Mercury Prize nominees, award winning entrepreneurs, and professional film and television composers? If so, our popular music degree is the right choice for you. When you join this course, you’ll embark upon your personal journey towards professional musicianship, developing your performance, composition and recording skills while deepening your knowledge of how the industry works. You’ll receive musical tuition in the instrument of your choice, get to grips with the essentials of studio recording, and expand your experience of performing in both solo and ensemble settings. Added to all that, you’ll take part in masterclasses led by established professionals, providing you with invaluable insight into what it’s like to work in the music industry. As an undergraduate music student studying at Salford, you’ll have access to a vibrant local music scene with links to local venues and musical institutions. We’ll be providing you with the chance to regularly contribute to concerts and gigs, as well as to engage with like-minded creative artists. Our popular music recording degree is well known for producing successful recording artists such as members of the British art rock band Everything Everything (Mercury Prize nominees 2018); recording artist and award-winning entrepreneur Caroline Redman Lusher (Founder and Creator of Rock Choir); Film and television music composer Louis Dodd (Love and Hate Crime, EMMY nominated Strike Back: Retribution, Amazing Hotels and BAFTA winning Long Lost Family), and songwriter/producer Rick Boardman (member of indie dance band Delphic and co-writer of hit singles including ‘Back to You’ performed by Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha; ‘Real Love’ Clean Bandit/Jess Glynne and ‘Love On Me’ Galantis). You will:

  • Study on the number one Popular Music and Recording course in the North West, and number two in the UK (Guardian 2021 league tables)
  • Be taught by practising music professionals on a course with a reputation for producing graduates in the popular music industry
  • Be able to fully explore your creative ideas and passions through specialist portfolio work
  • Work on projects in our industry-standard music recording studios
  • Graduate with a portfolio of work that can be used for future employment or further study.
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Year one

  • Musicianship Skills
  • Popular Music Style and Genre
  • Performance Studies
  • Applied Composition and Technology
  • Interpreting Popular Music
Year Two
  • Professional Development in the Creative Industries
You will choose three of the following options:
  • Advanced Musicianship Skills
  • Compositional Practice
  • Studio Composition
  • Audio for Media
  • Studio Recording and Production
  • Popular Music and Identity
You will then choose two of the following options:
  • Creative Compositions and Arranging
  • Advanced Performance Studies
  • Advanced Studio Composition
  • Music Journalism
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Advanced Musicology
Year three
  • Project Scope
  • Professional Practice
  • Negotiated Major Project
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How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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  • Year 1

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Music: Popular Music and Recording at University of Salford - UCAS