Taught course


Bath Spa University · School of Music and the Performing Arts

Entry requirements

You’ll already be very much engaged in songwriting - this course is not suitable for beginners. However, lack of knowledge of music theory isn’t a hindrance. You need "ideas".

Where you don’t have a degree but have professional experience, we positively welcome you.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Write your songs from day one, and develop the skills of creative critique in a supportive yet dynamic environment.
  • Prepare yourself for a range of internationalised, professional futures in music and its wider industries.
  • Benefit from a pioneering curriculum, taught by professional, published songwriters and performers.

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry, and global demand for new songs is high. On our MA Songwriting you will nurture your musical creativity, focus and develop your professional portfolio, forge new collaborative networks, and engage in research designed to support your career as a songwriter.

The course is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation while exploring their creativity.

We maintain strong links with industry professionals, guest artists, and guest lecturers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

This course can also be studied via distance learning.

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