Taught course

Popular Music

University of Chester · Department of Performing Arts

Entry requirements

Minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional qualifications and relevant work experience. Where applicants are not progressing directly from a first degree, professional experience and expertise may be taken into account.

- Performance - Songwriting and Composition - Popular Music Studies

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed for: performers; composers; songwriters and musicologists wanting to explore their creative and critical skills within their discipline.

Students begin their study with Research Methods, which is a core module. This introduces candidates to research methodologies and strategies appropriate to the study of performing arts and exemplars of application.

A second core module, The Mechanics of Music, aims to equip students with the skills required to critically investigate performance, composition and text in support of their specialist discipline.

Alongside this will be modules that allow students to intensively explore their chosen discipline (as performers, composer/songwriters or musicologists). This culminates in the final phase of the MA, which results in the production of a substantial final piece of work - for example, a large-scale performance, a portfolio of original music, or a written dissertation.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12-24 months

Course contact details

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