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Middlesex University

Popular Music

UCAS Code: W341

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3 (45 merit or higher)

UCAS Tariff

104

and Audition to be added plus level 3 Music subject.

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Popular music

Overview
Our degree, taught by dedicated tutors, will enhance your technical ability, build your knowledge of the industry, and give you the confidence and contacts to succeed.

Why study BA Popular Music at Middlesex University?
BA Popular Music is an exciting degree programme for those seeking a career in music in the 21st century. The course is focused on three key areas: popular music practice, popular music business, and popular music studies. The practical work develops expertise in songwriting, musicianship, performance, and production. The business modules provide students with a thorough knowledge of the music industries, as well as the entrepreneurial skills required to gain employment in the industries or to self-release their music.

Through the academic study of popular music, students gain know-how in the history of the music and learn how to analyse contemporary developments. These three areas of the course provide students with a wide array of career options, within the music industries and beyond. If you want to be successful when it comes to making music, making money out of music, and making sense of popular music, then this degree is for you.

Course highlights

Our new facilities include a concert hall, music production suites, state-of-the-art soundproofed practice rooms and recording studios - with technicians and sound engineers on hand to support you
Our campus is in the heart of London's music scene, giving you access to promoters, record labels, concerts and gigs; students have performed at venues such as Cargo and the Jazz Cafe
The music producer and head of Mute Records, Daniel Miller, is our Visiting Professor
We have a regular series of evening workshops and talks featuring musicians and industry professionals. Recently, we have had guest lectures from Geoff Travis, Tom Robinson and Simon Raymonde
Our music department is a vibrant research community which encourages you to flourish in your studies and career
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Modules

Year 1:
Introduction to the Music Industries (30 credits) - Compulsory
Popular Music Genres (30 credits) - Compulsory
Musicianship and Production (30 credits) - Compulsory
History of Popular Music (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 2:
Popular Music in the 21st Century (30 credits) - Compulsory
Music Journalism (30 credits) - Optional
Music Entrepreneurship (30 credits) - Optional
Musicianship and Performance 1 (30 credits) - Optional
Recording and Production (30 credits) - Optional
Songwriting 1 (30 credits) - Optional
Year 3:
Popular Music Studies (30 credits) - Compulsory
Music for Film, Animation and Television (30 credits) - Optional
Musicianship and Performance 2 (30 credits) - Optional
Songwriting 2 (30 credits) - Optional
Recording Project (30 credits) - Optional
Independent Project (30 credits) - Optional
Community Music and Education (30 credits) - Optional
Applied Music Business Studies - 30 credits (optional)

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hendon Campus

Department:

Performing Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

69%
med
Popular music

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

52%
UK students
48%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Popular music

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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