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The University of Wolverhampton

BMus (Hons)Music and Popular Music

Why choose this course?

This course aims to develop your musical creativity and help you acquire the skills needed to become a versatile and practical musician. The course stimulates your innate love of 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. You will engage with practical music-making opportunities such as composition and song-writing workshops, recording and production, as well as concert performances.

Members of staff of the Music Department are all actively involved in research, performance and composition at a regional, national and international level and their expertise and enthusiasm will assist you in becoming a professional musician. They will encourage you to explore new fields of music and stimulate your interest and love for the subject.

  • 100% of our BMus (Hons) Popular Music students agreed staff are good at explaining things,
  • 95% of our BMus (Hons) Popular Music students agreed staff made the subject interesting,
  • 90% of our BMus (Hons) Popular Music students in work or study six months after finishing!

What happens on the course?

You will experience a range of practical modules designed to enhance your skills and abilities as a performer/creator and this course is unique in the way it combines the study of music and popular music. Focusing on creating, understanding, shaping and experiencing music, 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 composition and 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 Music and Popular Music degree has a strong focus on practical performance-based work and you will create and recreate music in equal measure. You will perform in a range of ensembles including Choir and Orchestra as well as in smaller instrumental popular music and contemporary performing groups; these are renowned features of the course and we have significant feedback from former students testifying to the quality of experience gained. 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 just wanted to say thanks for a great theory module, I’m more confident now with my music theory than I ever was and you have cleared up a lot of uncertainties that I had with the topic. You explained everything clearly and always got straight to the point, and I especially liked the way you used your guitar to demonstrate how the given subject would be used in a pop music situation."

"Thanks to the University of Wolverhampton I have learnt many musical and life lessons. I will never forget it."

"I found lectures very interesting and helpful to the modules which I have taken. I love being able to put the techniques I have learnt straight into practice."

"It was good to hear from an expert within their field, who obviously had a wealth of experience from which we could learn. There was an abundance of information, which, through working within the industry day-to-day, could be related to us in practical and well applied examples."

"I like that the tutor demonstrates the examples on an instrument in class, this really brings the ideas alive and I found it very inspiring."

Career path

A Music and 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 also pursue. 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.

  • 100% of our BMus (Hons) Popular Music students agreed staff are good at explaining things,
  • 95% of our BMus (Hons) Popular Music students agreed staff made the subject interesting,
  • 90% of our BMus (Hons) Popular Music students in work or study six months after finishing!

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
  • demonstrate 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.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • BBC from A Levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

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

The audition is an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their skill as a performer on their primary instrument. Candidates should select a piece (or two short extracts) that communicates musicality and expression rather than pure technical demands. In addition, candidates will also be asked to demonstrate an understanding of music notation.

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 for further information.

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

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,925

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 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

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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