• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

The Popular Music with Music Technology (Hons) programme at University of Derby is one of the few courses of its type in the country and is designed to equip you with the ability to interact and innovate within a vibrant environment, nurturing a specialism in popular music and related industries. The area of popular music is a dynamic, well established creative aspect of the music industry involving sophisticated craft, technical, analytical and scholarly approaches.

You will develop a wide range of disciplines through performance, composition, technology, media production, psychology, physics, philosophy, and musicology; you will also develop an in-depth appreciation of the increasing significance of popular music in economic and professional terms; looking forward to the modern media environment as this provides an increasing range of traditional and non-traditional professional opportunities.

The principal pre-occupations of competence in performance, composition and technological skills are framed by intellectual demands of critical, stylistic, historical, and technical analysis and understanding designed to enable you to use informed, up-to-date skills appropriate for employment in the professional music/arts sector. 

Careers

Graduates of this programme go into many fields of professional activity. These include the primary and secondary education sector, lecturing for colleges of further education, freelance instrumental teaching, recording studio management and music production, music performance, media company management, and commercial music making. They also work in a range of media organisations. Others have gone on to further study, at MA, MSc or PhD level, or successfully completing PGCE for school of college level teaching, some gaining QTS teaching qualifications for primary or secondary education. Graduates are equipped for employment within the modern commercial music sector as performers, composers, producers, educators, promoters, publishers, academics, recording studio engineers and entrepreneurial freelance musicians. 

Accreditation

This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) so that you can be confident that the course meets the high standards demanded by industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Performance
  • Composition and Arrangement
  • Music Techonology and Production
  • Critical Studies
  • Professional Practice
  • Performance Studies
  • Song Writing
  • Music and Creative Technologies 
  • Musicianship Skills 
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Principles of Arrangement 
  • Music and Technology in Popular Culture
  • Contemporary Composition
  • Music Business and Management 
  • Ensemble Workshop

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Typical entry requirements:
  • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Alternative entry qualifications:
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Part-time UK/EU students - £1,155 per module

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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