36 months
20000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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In addition to practical areas, this Popular Music (Hons) programme from University of Liverpool has a particular specialism in popular music, having established the world’s first specialist centre for its study - the Institute of Popular Music - in 1988.

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In addition to practical areas, this Popular Music (Hons) programme from University focuses on developing an in-depth and critical historical understanding of popular music repertoires, cultures, and practices. Practical modules are concerned with musical performance, song-writing, or creative music technology, although none of these are compulsory; while other modules focus on popular music history topics or the music industry. There are also options in areas such as music psychology and audio-visual media (films and videogames). Throughout, you will learn to write about popular music from a historical, critical, sociological, or philosophical viewpoint.

Career prospects

Studying Music opens up many career opportunities. As well as jobs in music (from performance, composition, and production, through to teaching, music therapy and community arts), employers in many sectors are increasingly seeking arts and humanities graduates for their transferable skills. As a music student you will achieve creative flair and imagination, confidence in expressing yourself, an openness to new ideas, a capacity for hard work and an ability to analyse data. You will learn the value of working with others towards a shared, finished product and a whole range of flexible, professional skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Popular Music History 
  • Music As An Industry 
  • Music in Contexts: Why Music Matters 
  • Classical Performance
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Theory in Practice: Exploring Music's Construction 
  • Tonal Harmony

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A level requirements: ABB. Offer may be reduced to BBB for those candidates achieving grade 8 distinction in any instrument. 
  • Subject requirements: No specific subject requirements. If an applicant is taking grade 8 in any instrument (or singing), a dual offer can be made: ABB or BBB with grade 8 Distinction. Some of our optional modules require academic demonstration of ability.
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: BTEC applications are encouraged. We evaluate each BTEC application on its merits and may make offers at DDM.
  • International Baccalaureate: 33 points, with no score less than 4
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher: Scottish Highers at AABBB or Scottish Advanced Highers at ABB, combinations are also welcome.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Liverpool

556 - 1035 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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