Taught course


Bath Spa University · School of Music and the Performing Arts

Entry requirements

Students are normally expected to have a strong first degree in a related subjected. You’ll already be very much engaged in songwriting, with a thorough grounding in your own specialism – this course is not suitable for beginners. However, lack of knowledge of music theory isn’t a hindrance. You’ll possess flair for writing, as well as a good undergraduate degree.

Months of entry


Course content

  • A pioneering curriculum – the world’s first Songwriting Masters.
  • Prepares you for a range of internationalised, professional futures in music and its wider industries.
  • Taught by professional, published songwriters and performers.
  • Optional Distance Learning Course

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field.

From day one, you’ll write songs using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches. Lyric-writing and a fluent command of imagery, metaphor and narrative is nurtured, as chords and melody take shape around language’s meaning, and vice versa. You’ll investigate the power and potential of song forms, modes of address, perspectives, time-frames and characters.

Having stretched the range of creative options available to you within your own artistic palette, you’ll turn your hand to research; this is your entry to the post-graduate world. Collaborating with songwriters, and creatives from related disciplines, from near and far, will increase your creative and networking range. Ahead of your Major Project, contextual research performs the vital tasks of shaping your song outputs.

MA Songwriting (Distance Learning)

Our distance learning Songwriting Master’s Degree is a world leader in the innovation of teaching and learning songwriting online. The course brings together songwriters from all over the world who wish to study from their home situation and students have attended the course from Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Turkey, the USA and the UK.

The Distance Learning option is a blended learning design which combines formal online lectures with regular personal tutorials. Week to week you study a workbook of specific tasks which are reviewed and discussed with your tutor. Peer-based teaching and learning occurs in our regular Songwriters Circle webinars in which students from all over the world meet to share and critique their work. Our low-residency weeks in historic Corsham Court provide lectures and events around which our social connections are formed. You’re welcome to come along to visit us in Corsham Court, although this is not compulsory as our lectures and classes are filmed for streaming anytime, anywhere.


There is a broad range of professional outcomes from this course and our graduates now work as performers, lecturers, researchers, agents, signed artists, signed writers, teachers, therapists and publishers. This course is also an excellent grounding if you’re interested in going on to PhD study.

Information for international students

For further information visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more information on funding please refer to 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

01225 876180