Master Production of Popular Music

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13300 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP5600 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| London, England, United Kingdom
This course will enable you to study popular music from a practical perspective with an emphasis on music production and songwriting. For your final major project you will focus on composition and production within the popular music genre, producing an extended professional-quality album of your popular music compositions/covers.


Key features
  • The wide selection of option modules allows you to tailor the course to your interests.
  • Several members of staff are engaged practically with the professional production of popular music. You will also have the chance to attend masterclasses and workshops run by national and international producers, performers and composers - such as Youth, Gavin Greenaway, Rick Astley and Steve Martland.
  • We have five, state-of-the-art recording studios, including one with a large live room used for professional recordings. We also have two computer laboratories containing iMacs with full music software for sequencing and processing.
  • Lunchtime concerts, involving students or visiting artists, take place throughout the year.
What will you study?

You will focus on the production of current popular music, creating and recording tracks using the University's high-quality recording facilities.

You will also explore the composition of popular music, recording techniques and the marketing of popular music. In addition, you will widen your musical knowledge and experience by choosing one option module from an extensive range, including those covering sound design, ensemble performance and composing for film and TV.


Coursework, essays, compositions, productions, and major recording project.

A high proportion of Music Performance MMus students obtain employment on graduation - either in the music profession itself, in related areas or in teaching - or enrol for further study (eg PGCE, MPhil or PhD). For those students who are already in employment and undertake the course part-time, the award may accelerate promotion and open up new opportunities.

The MMus Production of Popular music is a new award at Kingston, combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills. It is designed to equip you to enter the music industry, undertaking studio-based technical and creative work. Others may develop a portfolio career, common in the popular music industry, as composer, performer/composer and producer and be self-employed. The high level of research and transferable skills you acquire during your studies also makes careers in the wider commercial and business environments available to you.

Examples of recent graduate destinations for similar courses include:

  • broadcast media co-ordinator at the BBC, London;
  • composer for Jonathan Brooks Music, Cheshire;
  • interactive editorial assistant for the BBC, London; and
  • music production co-ordinator at Michael Paert Music, Surrey.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP13300 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP5600 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Courses Included:
  • Advanced Production of Popular Music
  • Composing and Marketing Popular Music
  • Major Project
  • Researching Music
  • British Cinema 1960s to Today
  • Constructing Music Education in the UK
  • Critical Reflection on Musical Performance
  • International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
  • Special Study: Arranging and Scoring
  • Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television
  • Current Debates in Music Education
  • Jazz Studies
  • Live Performance
  • The Psychology of Music
  • The Studio Musician

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)

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Admission requirements:
  • A good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, performance or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred).
  • We will ask applicants to submit portfolio of three contrasting produced popular music compositions.
  • Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer, composer or producer), it may be possible to consider a good honours degree in a subject other than music or advanced study in a conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu of a music degree.
Prior learning - AP(E)L

Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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