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This is a modular course leading to the award of MA in Popular Music. The course will be of interest to those concerned with the exploration of all aspects of performance, songwriting and composition or popular music studies.

Course overview

Our course is designed to develop your creative skills and theoretical understanding to an advanced level.

Why Study Popular Music with us?

Our MA in Popular Music has pathways in: performance; songwriting and composition; and music studies.

Initially, you will follow a core curriculum that seeks to contextualise your own practice and start an engagement with the general field of study.

Our course offers you the opportunity to shape your learning through a series of modules that will enable you to integrate scholarly work with your own practice as a musician, composer or musicologist. Our modules consider current theoretical and practical debates in the subject area, and will guide you through the kind of research methodologies required at Master's level. You will be given the opportunity to negotiate the most effective means of approaching your subject, with a view to producing an intensive study of your specialism.

What will I learn?

Our modules cover areas of research strategy, analysis, documentation and management, and will require you to engage with and develop your skills to an advanced level. The final phase of the MA will result in the production of a substantial piece of work – for example a large-scale performance, a portfolio of original music, or a written dissertation.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Contact time is 3-4 hours (full-time) or 1.5-2 hours (part-time) per week. Workload is 40 hours (full-time) or 20 hours (part-time) per week.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment can take the form of:

  • performances
  • essays
  • practical presentations
  • lecture demonstrations
  • oral assessments
  • the submission of portfolios of original music.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.

Visit the Popular Music page on the University of Chester website for more details!




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