• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Popular music provides not only entertainment for millions but also opportunities for personal, social and political expression. This exciting and innovative Popular Music in Society Joint Honours course from University of Derby challenges you to think deeply about popular music’s meanings and influence.

  • Explore the role, impact and context of popular music – from key works, artists and audiences to historical debates, cultural theories and political ideas
  • Build skills which are highly prized by employers seeking adaptable, analytical, creative and culturally aware graduates for a rapidly changing world
  • Broaden your knowledge through work-based learning, study visits and guest lectures
  • Be inspired to succeed by our highly experienced team of subject experts who have published influential research in this field
  • Choose to study part of your degree overseas at one of our North American or European partner universities
  • Combine Popular Music in Society with another subject and set yourself apart as a versatile and independent learner.


In common with graduates from other Humanities courses, our Popular Music in Society graduates are likely to pursue global careers in many different fields: the creative, cultural and heritage industries; journalism and the media; teaching and academia; business and commerce; and the civil and uniformed services.

Whichever career route you decide to follow, we do all we can to ensure you acquire the knowledge and experience to excel. We are committed to helping you develop highly prized transferable skills – including critical thinking, written and oral communication, project management, digital and informational literacy, and global awareness – which are particularly attractive to a wide range of prospective employers.

If you take the opportunity to study abroad as part of the course, your international experience will add an exciting dimension to your CV. You will learn to view the world from fresh perspectives, becoming more independent, mature, versatile and confident in the process.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      4-6 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pop Life 1: Form, Meaning and Representation 
  • Pop Life 2: Institutions, Industries and Audiences
  • Writing for Media
  • Audible Republic: American Music and Society
  • Image Music Sound
  • It Says Here: Popular Music and the Written Word
  • Research Project in Popular Music and Society
  • Work-Based Learning in the Media and Cultural Industries
  • Exchange modules 1-3
  • Children of the Revolution: Popular Music in the Long Seventies
  • The Kids are Alright: Fans, Movements, Subcultures
  • Independent Study in Popular Music in Society
  • Work-Based Learning

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General 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

    14045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14045 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.
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Part-time UK/EU: £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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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