Master - Popular Music Practice

2 years
15,450 GBP/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Multiple Locations / Germany , Ireland , United Kingdom
BIMM - British & Irish Modern Music Institute

Program description

Investigation, Teamwork, Expertise Growth, Risk-Taking, and Individualized Direction. This is what we provide in our MA program's Popular Music Practice. Over the course of a year (or two years if you choose our part-time option), you will be challenged to learn more and more, shifting your focus from the transferable abilities you gained in undergrad and toward developing your own distinctive voice in your chosen field.

Our well-defined curriculum is carefully constructed to integrate theoretical, practical, and group-based learning. At its conclusion, you'll present a capstone project in the area of your choice, be it performance, production, composition, or entrepreneurship. The focus of your final certification will reflect the direction you took in your major project.

What's your specialty?
You'll choose one of these specialties for your primary project. You can study your interest while advancing theory, practise, and research.

  • Performance
  • Production
  • Composition
  • Entrepreneurship

Program structure

  • Popular Music Practice and Research
  • You and the Popular Music Industry
  • Popular Music & Technology
  • Exploring Collaborative Practice
  • Major Project

Module names and structure may be subject to change.


Tuition fees

  • 15,450 GBP/year

All international students must pay a deposit in order to secure their place on the course they have applied for. Deposit amounts will depend on if you are self-funded or if you have secured financial aid or a loan.

  • Self-funded international students: 4,000 GBP
  • Funded international students: 1,000 GBP

The deposit amount is deductible from your total fees.

Requirements for applicants

  • A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) or significant experience in a relevant field.
  • Overseas students where English is not their native language may be required to meet a minimum English language requirement of an Academic IELTS 6.5. We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band.
  • All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Certified or Experiential Learning (RPCEL).

About the university

The doors to the music business are wide open after attending BIMM. We have seven campuses in some of the most lively cultural centers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany, making us the most connected music school in all of Europe. We have over 40 years of experience in the field and pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art facilities, world-class faculty, and unparalleled access to the industry.

All of our schools offer comprehensive music industry education, with classes covering everything from performing to running a record label, from making records to organizing concerts, and from songwriting to advertising. As a university, we take great satisfaction in the achievements of our alums and in the professionalism and adaptability of their skillsets.

Our facilities

We understand that in order to realize your full potential as a musician, you need access to state-of-the-art instruments and studios. That's why each of our eight universities has cutting-edge classroom and studio space on par with the best in the world.

Bands can practice on gear from Orange, Fender, Marshall, and Zildjian, among others, in dedicated rehearsal spaces. We have state-of-the-art recording facilities where you can lay down tracks of your latest music, and we also have post-production rooms where you can take your recordings to new heights. To help you develop your skills and realize your potential, we've worked with some of the best recording studios and concert halls in the world across all of our major music hubs.

Employability and careers

Students at BIMM Institute are taught to dream large and take calculated risks in their pursuit of knowledge. After all, potential employers will want proof that you are committed to and proficient in your field of study. Helping you demonstrate your abilities is our top priority.

You'll be joining a large community of experts and professionals in your field by signing on with us. We provide a wide variety of career development opportunities, from internships to master classes to a tailored recruitment service.

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