Masters degrees in Popular Music offer practice-based and theoretical training in the genre of music classified as ‘Pop’, its relationship to the public, and its historical contexts.
Courses range from taught MA and MMus degrees, to research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Music or Performance Studies.
Depending on your interests, you may opt for a more vocation or theoretical Masters, either training to become a Pop singer professional, or undertake further critical study of the role of Popular Music.
The courses are often multidisciplinary in nature, combining theory from communication and cultural studies, alongside contemporary practice. Theoretical courses will offer the opportunity to explore the sociocultural and sociohistorical contexts of Pop Music, its culture, and its dissemination through the media.
Practical courses will offer training in vocal techniques, analyse the process of music production, and also explore concepts such as pastiche and simulacrum theory in relation to music composition.
As well as performing, careers can include song writing and composing, studio production or practice, stage management or music coaching.
We're proud to have been awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015 for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'. This represents one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.
We have a thriving community of postgraduate musicians who receive regular individual tuition from staff who are recognised nationally and internationally in their chosen specialisms, and by a team of part-time instrumental and vocal teachers from regional and national orchestras, many of whom are distinguished solo performers.
You’ll have many opportunities to perform by taking part in directed ensembles, amongst which are the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band, Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Choir, Chamber Choir, Opera Group, New Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Folk Group, Samba Band, Blues Group, Improvisation Group, and A Cappella Choir, as well as various chamber music ensembles.
Our Live Music at the University of Huddersfield series features a range of weekly student concerts, as well as recitals and masterclasses by guest artists. Recent visitors have included Emma Kirkby (voice), Garth Knox (viola), Anton Lyakhovsky (piano), Neil Heyde (cello), Richard Haynes (clarinet), Jah Wobble (pop ensembles), Lore Lixenberg (voice), John Scott Whiteley (organ), Claude Delangle and Snake Davis (saxophone), Ensemble 360,vocal ensemble EXAUDI, and the instrumental group ELISION.
The programme expects to attract entrants who have a background in the subject or a related subject area, acquired through previous study (a bachelor's degree with honours or equivalent) and entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate's ability to succeed in the programme.
Course will included a diverse curriculum including music industry analysis, business and enterprise, innovation in the music industry, professional skills development and a commercial project.
Facilities include professional recording studios, Pro Tools suite, creative suite, rehearsal rooms, showcase rooms and lecture rooms.
Music industry employment, self employment or running your own business.
A mixture of critical analysis, academic writing, performance, production and business planning. Final assessment will be a self directed commercial project.