Production of Popular Music, MMus

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #501 (QS) ,
This Production of Popular Music course will enable you to study popular music from a practical perspective with an emphasis on music production and songwriting. For your final major project at Kingston University you will focus on composition and production within the popular music genre, producing an extended professional-quality album of your popular music compositions/covers.

About

Key features
  • The wide selection of option modules allows you to tailor the course to your interests.
  • Several members of staff are engaged practically with the professional production of popular music. You will also have the chance to attend masterclasses and workshops run by national and international producers, performers and composers - such as Youth, Gavin Greenaway, Rick Astley and Steve Martland.
  • We have five, state-of-the-art recording studios, including one with a large live room used for professional recordings. We also have two computer laboratories containing iMacs with full music software for sequencing and processing.
  • Lunchtime concerts, involving students or visiting artists, take place throughout the year.
What will you study?

You will focus on the production of current popular music, creating and recording tracks using the Kingston University's high-quality recording facilities.

You will also explore the composition of popular music, recording techniques and the marketing of popular music. In addition, you will widen your musical knowledge and experience by choosing one option module from an extensive range, including those covering sound design, ensemble performance and composing for film and TV.

Assessment

Coursework, essays, compositions, productions, and major recording project.

A high proportion of Music Performance MMus students obtain employment on graduation - either in the music profession itself, in related areas or in teaching - or enrol for further study (eg PGCE, MPhil or PhD). For those students who are already in employment and undertake the course part-time, the award may accelerate promotion and open up new opportunities.

The MMus Production of Popular music is a new award at Kingston, combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills. It is designed to equip you to enter the music industry, undertaking studio-based technical and creative work. 

Others may develop a portfolio career, common in the popular music industry, as composer, performer/composer and producer and be self-employed. The high level of research and transferable skills you acquire during your studies also makes careers in the wider commercial and business environments available to you.

Examples of recent graduate destinations for similar courses include:

  • broadcast media co-ordinator at the BBC, London;
  • composer for Jonathan Brooks Music, Cheshire;
  • interactive editorial assistant for the BBC, London; and
  • music production co-ordinator at Michael Paert Music, Surrey.

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Advanced Production of Popular Music
  • Composing and Marketing Popular Music
  • Major Project
  • Researching Music
  • British Cinema 1960s to Today
  • Constructing Music Education in the UK
  • Critical Reflection on Musical Performance
  • International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
  • Special Study: Arranging and Scoring
  • Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television
  • Current Debates in Music Education
  • Jazz Studies
  • Live Performance
  • The Psychology of Music
  • The Studio Musician

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class
Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Admission Requirements
  • A good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, performance or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred).
  • We will ask applicants to submit portfolio of three contrasting produced popular music compositions.
  • Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer, composer or producer), it may be possible to consider a good honours degree in a subject other than music or advanced study in a conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu of a music degree.

Work Experience

Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Home and European Union 
  • MMus full time £5,700
  • MMus part time £3,135
ELQ (Equivalent Lower Qualification)
  • MMus full time £5,875
  • MMus part time £3,231
Overseas
  • MMus full time £13,700
  • MMus part time £7,535

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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