MA Popular Music Practice

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A 1-year full-time postgraduate degree:

The innovative MA Popular Music Practice provides fantastic opportunities for you to explore your own specialism within popular music in line with your personal career aspirations. It allows you to stand apart from others in your chosen field and lead the discussion in contemporary music.

You are a popular music practitioner – either a performer, producer, composer or entrepreneur – with innovative ideas and a desire to work together with students from different fields.

During your MA, we’ll help you to turn your ideas into reality. We’ll introduce you to cutting-edge research and assist you with broadening your network within the industry.

Through four modules across Autumn and Spring Semesters, you will apply a theoretical lens to your own and others’ professional practice. Drawing on contemporary research, you will be encouraged to actively investigate areas such as popular musicology, performance and composition, the music industry and entrepreneurship and the application of technologies to practice.

A final and fifth module runs throughout the summer semester, which is designed to support you as you bring your learning journey together to produce a major project in your chosen field: entrepreneurship, performance, production, or composition.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time (one year)

Awarding institution: BIMM Institute

Campus delivery: Dublin

Language of study: English

Final award: MA Popular Music Practice

Admissions Criteria: A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) or significant experience in a relevant field. All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Certified or Experiential Learning (RPCEL).

Minimum Requirements

A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) or significant experience in a relevant field.

Overseas students where English is not their native language may be required to meet a minimum English language requirement of an Academic IELTS 6.5. We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band.

Exceptions apply. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Certified or Experiential Learning (RPCEL).


You will be qualified to work as an advanced practitioner or educator/researcher within the field of popular music practice and related creative industries.

Course Fees

For the academic year 2021/2022, fees for this course are €6,450. They’re payable directly to BIMM Dublin, with a deposit of €500 required to accept and secure a place on the course.

Please note: module names and structure may be subject to change.

This module explores the intersection of theory and practice. It guides you through the process of applying a critical theoretical lens to your chosen area of popular music practice.

To make links between theory and practice, the module encompasses research training (including lectures with specialist researchers) and 1-2-1 tuition/mentoring. The skills and experience gained through the module provide a starting point for the Major Project.

This module allows you to refine your direction within the contemporary popular music industry. It helps you develop the skills you need to support your continuous reflective professional development within your chosen area of practice.

You are encouraged to hone your ideas, audit your existing skills and consider and conduct research on your audience and/or market. You are invited to liaise with industry stakeholders and engage with cutting-edge research, gaining both practical and theoretical insight into the contemporary industry.

This module allows you to explore the use of technology in the field of popular music and to investigate the role of technologies in mediating innovative creative practice and entrepreneurship. Mentoring and workshops are offered in addition to lectures.

This ensures that the development of practical skills is supported alongside building a theoretical understanding of how technological change informs and aids popular music practice.

This module examines the contemporary popular music industry through collaborative practice, exploring the structures and frameworks within which creative and entrepreneurial practices are located.

You are invited to work collaboratively with your peers and external stakeholders. The culmination of the module is a symposium that exhibits both practical and research.

This module provides you with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of work that explores your chosen area of practice. You are individually supervised by an expert from that field.

Through applying the knowledge and skills gained through the first two semesters, you are empowered to work at the forefront of your discipline, adding to the growing field of practice-informed research on popular music.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on +353 1 5133 666 or email [email protected].