Taught course


Bath Spa University · School of Music and the Performing Arts

Entry requirements

We offer places on the basis of the student's experience, potential and commitment as a songwriter. Normally, but not invariably, applicants will have a first degree (or equivalent music industry experience) plus a substantial body of recorded work, equal to that which would be obtained as part of a related undergraduate course. Applications are invited from candidates with a range of academic disciplines and from a variety of national backgrounds. Where an applicant does not have a degree, he or she is required to complete an APEL (Accreditation of Prior Learning Experience) form.

MMus Songwriting

Months of entry


Course content

This is the world's first and only Master's Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a professional level, or published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation and continue to improve creatively. The course, which is based at Corsham Court, will help you to develop a range of critical, practical, communicative, industrial and research-based skills. During the programme you will learn to:

  • Comment critically upon your own and others' material
  • Examine the musicological roots of your craft
  • Consider the commercial value of your songs in the marketplace
  • Rewrite and collaborate
  • Conduct academic research
  • Develop technical skills
  • Create a professional-standard portfolio of your work

We are delighted to announce that the university has an AHRC studentship available for 2012-13 for MMus Songwriting under the AHRC Block Grant: Capacity Building Scheme. This is a full studentship covering tuition fees (paid to the university) and maintenance allowance (paid to the student in non-taxable quarterly instalments).

Information for international students

Non-native English speakers will need minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent. For further information visit our website.

Fees and funding

For further information visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
12 - 24 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Creative work50

Course contact details

Richard J Parfitt
+44 (0)1225 876521
+44 (0)1225 875444