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MAPopular Music

Solent University
United Kingdom, Southampton
Tuition fee £10,000 per year

Tuition fees for EU/EEA candidates vary from £4,500 to £9,500 per year
depending on the course and are still subject to confirmation for 2012/13

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Expenses, accommodation, working etc. 


If you are a visual arts or media graduate, or you currently work in
the media, and you would like to explore the creative and commercial
possibilities of your work, then our MA Media Programme is ideal for

The MA Media Programme includes the following awards:

  • MA Popular Music
  • MA Film
  • MA Media
  • MA Television

 You are able to follow either a popular music production or
popular music studies route via a combination of specialist and shared
units. The course is therefore suitable for those of you whose first
degrees are academic and theoretical, as well as those whose first
degrees are mainly production-focused. 

The popular music production route is flexible and allows for a
choice of focus on live, studio or electronic music production, and
you will receive advanced technological instruction in our industry
standard digital and analogue multi-track recording facilities and
audio production suites. The popular music studies units cover
historical, cultural, technological, contextual and critical
perspectives on popular music, as well as music production analysis. A
key feature of both routes is the ability to focus on your specific
popular music research and production interests.

During the third semester you will focus on a major individual
project, providing the opportunity to develop extensive research in an
area of personal interest, and you will be allocated a supportive
supervisor who you will be closely matched with in terms of your

This MA will help you to ‘hit the ground running’ in the job market.
Our national and local music and festival links, high profile guest
speakers and experienced course tutors will ensure that you graduate
with the knowledge, skills and contacts to excel in a wide range of
popular music related career pathways.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation, you will have good employment prospects due to the
emphasis we place on transferable skills such as problem solving,
research and analysis techniques, team work, written and oral
communication, and managing projects from initial conception through
to final presentation.

This MA combines vocational and academic approaches to popular
music, and as a critical practitioner and/or academic, you’ll be
equipped with the relevant knowledge, skills and expertise demanded by
a range of roles within the fast-evolving music and related media
industries, as well as in popular music education.

 Successful completion of the course would also allow for
progression to further study including MPhil and PhD.

*Career paths include: *

  • Studio music production, 
  • Electronic music production, 
  • Sound production at live and outdoor events, 
  • Teaching, 
  • Music publishing, 
  • Music promotion and retail, 
  • Music journalism, 
  • Arts and Entertainment administration.
Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States