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Popular Music Practice (Taught) BIMM Institute Degree level: Postgraduate


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Course summary

The innovative MA in Popular Music Practice offered at our London campus provides fantastic opportunities for you to explore your own specialism within popular music in line with your personal career aspirations. You will achieve a qualification in one of the following areas:

- MA Popular Music Practice (Entrepreneurship)
- MA Popular Music Practice (Performance)
- MA Popular Music Practice (Production)
- MA Popular Music Practice (Composition)

The programme will focus on the intersection between practice and theoretical understanding. Drawing on contemporary research, you will be encouraged to actively
investigate areas such as:

  • Popular musicology

  • Performance and composition

  • The music industry and entrepreneurship

  • The application of technologies to practice

Through four modules across two semesters, you will apply a theoretical lens to your own and others’ professional practice within the extensive popular music field
The programme will culminate in your Major Project: an extended piece of work that explores your chosen area of specialism.

Your contact time will be split between1-2-1 mentorships, lectures and workshops. Students are also encouraged to workcollaboratively with their peers and external

Our flexible MA courses offer both full-time and part-time options to provide an educational experience that works around you.

You will need to apply directly to BIMM Institute. Please contact us for an application form

You will be qualified to work as advanced practitioners or educators/researchers within the field of popular music practice and related creative industries.

Course details


Students can expect to study:

Popular Music Practice and Research
This module explores the intersection of theory and practice. It guides students through the process of applying a critical
theoretical lens to their chosen area of popular music practice.To make links between theory and practice, the module encompasses research training (including lectures with specialist researchers) and 1-2-1 tuition/mentoring.
The skills and experience gained through the module provide a starting point for the Major Project.

You and the Popular Music Industry
This module allows students to refine their direction within the contemporary popular music industry. It helps students develop the
skills they need to support their continuous reflective professional development within their chosen area of practice.
You will be encouraged to hone your ideas, audit your existing skills and consider and conduct research on your audience and/
or market. You are invited to liaise with industry stakeholders and engage with cutting-edge research, gaining both practical
and theoretical insight into the contemporary industry.

Popular Music and Technology
This module allows students to explore the use of technology in the field of popular music and to investigate the role of technologies in mediating innovative creative practice and entrepreneurship.
Mentoring and workshops are offered in addition to lectures. This ensures that the development of practical skills is supported alongside building a theoretical understanding of how technological change informs and aids popular music practice.

Exploring Collaborative Practice
This module examines the contemporary popular music industry through collaborative practice, exploring the structures and
frameworks within which creative and entrepreneurial practices are located. Students are invited to work collaboratively
with their peers and external stakeholders. The culmination of the module is a symposium that exhibits both practical and research outputs of the students.

Major Project
This module provides students with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of work that explores their chosen area of
practice. You will be individually supervised by an expert from that field.
Through applying the knowledge and skills gained through the first two semesters, students are empowered to work at the
forefront of their discipline, adding to the growing field of practice-informed research on popular music.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

We advise applicants that require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK to contact our admissions team to discuss this course and modules in further detail.

Entry requirements

A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) in a creative industry related subject or significant professional experience in the creative arts/industries.

All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8,495 Whole course
International £13,995 Whole course
England £8,495 Whole course
Northern Ireland £8,495 Whole course
Scotland £8,495 Whole course
Wales £8,495 Whole course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees do not cover additional costs such as: - Equipment required (Laptop, instrument etc) - Accommodation - General living costs

Provider information

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