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Production of Popular Music MMus

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Production of Popular Music MMus

This course will enable you to study popular music from a practical perspective with an emphasis on music production and songwriting. For your final major project you will focus on composition and production within the popular music genre, producing an extended professional-quality album of your popular music compositions/covers.

Key features

The wide selection of option modules allows you to tailor the course to your interests.

Several members of staff are engaged practically with the professional production of popular music. You will also have the chance to attend masterclasses and workshops run by national and international producers, performers and composers - such as Youth, Gavin Greenaway, Rick Astley and Steve Martland.

We have five, state-of-the-art recording studios, including one with a large live room used for professional recordings. We also have two computer laboratories containing iMacs with full music software for sequencing and processing.

Lunchtime concerts, involving students or visiting artists, take place throughout the year.

What will you study?

You will focus on the production of current popular music, creating and recording tracks using the University's high-quality recording facilities.

You will also explore the composition of popular music, recording techniques and the marketing of popular music. In addition, you will widen your musical knowledge and experience by choosing one option module from an extensive range, including those covering sound design, ensemble performance and composing for film and TV.


Coursework, essays, compositions, productions, and major recording project.

Course Structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Advanced Production of Popular Music
Composing and Marketing Popular Music
Major Project
Researching Music

Optional modules

Constructing Music Education in the UK
International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television
The Philosophy of Musical Performance
Current Debates in Music Education
Jazz Studies
Live Performance
The Psychology of Music
The Studio Musician

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

The Production of Popular Music MMus gives you the opportunity to explore popular music from a practical and creative perspective with an emphasis on studio-based work.

The wide selection of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to your own interests. The major project (for which you will produce an extended album of your popular music compositions/covers) gives you the chance to further develop an area of interest in greater depth, plus enhance your research and project development skills.

You can take advantage of the wide range of music groups at Kingston University, including pop, rock and jazz groups.

Many members of staff are research active, which keeps your learning at the cutting-edge of the subject.

The curriculum is enriched by the eclectic view we take of musical styles and genres at Kingston, exploiting the diversity of a repertoire encompassing western classical music, popular and world musics.

We offer a part-time option to enable you to complete your MMus alongside other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Production of Popular Music MMus page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Julia Martin

"Kingston University was flexible enough to offer a part-time masters programme I could fit around full-time work so I could develop my education at the same time as my career. I began the course to learn more about my subject, and distract myself from a frustrating job. However, I achieved more than I thought possible, wholly due to the support, inspiration and quality of the lecturers. They reignited my enthusiasm, inspiring me to develop my career, where I previously would not have had the confidence.

I wholeheartedly recommend the postgraduate Music experience at Kingston University – I didn't just gain a qualification, but also the confidence to change my life and that of my new family."


Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in music and/or relevant experience. We will ask applicants to submit portfolio of three contrasting produced popular music compositions. Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer, composer or producer), it may be possible to consider a good honours degree in a subject other than music or advanced study in a conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu of a music degree.

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