The University of Wolverhampton

BMus (Hons)Popular Music

Why choose this course?

The BMus (Hons) Popular Music degree at the University of Wolverhampton prepares you for a career in the music industry.

The course stimulates your innate love of popular music, explores and identifies what music is, what it does, and what it means, and provides a structured approach to your career progression as a performer, composer, technologist, teacher or academic.

The University’s proximity to many established and nationally recognised gig venues, such as The Jamhouse, Roadhouse and Robin 2, allows you to perform at a professional level. You will also be able to meet, network and learn from a range of national and international musicians, whose master classes and seminar sessions will assist you in becoming a professional musician.

You will engage with a range of workshops, lectures and seminars that develop instrumental skills, performance and stagecraft, songwriting and music production. An experienced staff of performers, composers and producers will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for popular music and will help sharpen your musical development over three years of study.

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What happens on the course?

You will engage with a range of workshops, lectures and seminars that develop instrumental skills, performance and stagecraft, songwriting and music production. An experienced staff of performers, composers and producers will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for popular music and will help sharpen your musical development over three years of study.

You will study performance across a wide range of settings including group, solo and improvisation lessons, as well as developing your own technique as an instrumentalist. The craft of songwriting consistently underpins your development whilst the latest music technologies will help you express and communicate your creative work to the largest possible audience. The study of research and analysis modules will enable you to understand and apply music theory to professional practice, widening your career choices and future directions.

Why Wolverhampton?

The BMus Popular Music course has a strong focus on practical performance-based work and you will create and recreate music in equal measure. We are very proud of our excellent, well-established team of visiting musicians, who contribute to the programme. As a provider of music education, we are aware of the challenges you face as a learner in the 21st century so this course has been structured in a way that is contemporary, providing flexible study patterns to suit you. You will gain a fascinating insight into the world of music, broadening your horizons for lifelong learning whilst developing a creative and entrepreneurial flare ready to respond to the technological and artistic innovations of the industry.

The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities to greatly enhance your learning experience. The Performance Hub, opened in 2011, has a diverse range of fully equipped music teaching, performance and practice rooms (accommodating single person to large band / ensemble), two high-end professional recording studios, and two bespoke technology suites boasting sixty Apple iMacs running industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Max, Pure Data and SuperCollider.

Our two recording studios offer the perfect blend of digital and analogue technologies giving students the opportunity to combine classic analogue recording technique with the flexibility and reliability digital technology provides. As well as a dedicated live room each for recording, for increased flexibility and choice of room acoustic, any of the music rehearsal rooms surrounding each studio can also be patched into the studio's control room.

What our students think

"I enjoyed the people that I studied with, and I chose Wolverhampton because of the facilities." - Henry Hopkins

Career path

A popular music degree opens the door to a fulfilling and varied career that enables you to follow your interests and talents. Performing professionally as a solo artist, a member of a band or as a session player is a natural progression for many students. Careers as a songwriter, arranger, transcriber, programmer, instrumental teacher or musical director are other pathways you can pursue as a graduate. A sustained career in popular music however, will most often be a portfolio of these roles and a degree in popular music from the University of Wolverhampton will provide you with the range of skills you need for an established career in a field that you already love.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • apply analytical, critical and creative skills to music, popular music and music technologies
  • use your knowledge and understanding of the history, theory, global and cultural context of music, popular music and music technologies
  • show the attributes of an enterprising, professional musician
  • demonstrate a sound practical ability on your principal instrument or voice
  • become an adaptable and flexible musician with the ability to work at the forefront of digital technologies
  • have confidence in communicating effectively using a range of media.

Who accredits this course?

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240 UCAS points with a minimum of 160 points from two 'A' Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements will be shortlisted for an audition.

In addition a musical theory test must be completed: Download a sample test paper

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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