Popular Music (Hons), B.A. | Edinburgh Napier University | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
48 months
16425 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
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Explore performance, composition, music production and engineering, in a breadth of musical styles with the Popular Music (Hons) course at the Edinburgh Napier University.

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The Popular Music (Hons) course at the Edinburgh Napier University  is designed for applicants with an interest and experience in composition and performance who wish to develop a breadth of skills that will allow them to pursue a portfolio career in the Music Industries. Career destinations include: performance, composition, production and engineering, teaching, management and promotions, music therapy, and community music projects.

We have launched a new BA (Hons) Music course, starting in September 2021. The BA (Hons) Music combines the existing internationally recognised BMus (Hons) Music and BA (Hons) Popular Music courses. 

The change is designed to widen the opportunities available to you on the course and ensure you have the skills vital for success in music industries. Entrance to the outgoing BA (Hons) Popular Music is only applicable to those seeking to join the course in year 3 - see entry requirements below. We look forward to receiving year 1 applications through the new BA (Hons) Music course.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates have been employed in a wide variety of fields of work including:

  • Arts Management
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Songwriter
  • Artist Manager
  • Producer
  • Postgraduate study
  • Musicologist
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Session Musician
  • Audio Engineer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Foley Artist
  • A&R Coodinator
  • Music Distribution Manager
  • Tour Manager
  • Plugger

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music and Praxis
  • Contextual Studies: Research in Music
  • Contexts of Practical Musicianship: Technique and Applications
  • Contexts of Practical Musicianship: Creative Parameters
  • Contexts of Music Education
  • Music Software Applications

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should state your specialist interests clearly on your application. This may be performance (please state your principal instrument), composition, or production. If you meet or are predicted to meet the minimum academic requirements, we will contact you to request a portfolio demonstrating your experience in areas of relevant practice: performance, composition or production.
  • These requirements apply to all years of entry.
  • Our entry requirements indicate the Standard (minimum) qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
  • HND: Pass HND in Music or Music Performance with Grade A at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16425 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16425 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £9,250
  • Overseas and EU: £16,425

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 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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