Popular Music Studies

To understand popular music today, it helps to know about its history and the technology involved, as well as having an appreciation of who buys and listens to music and what is currently happening in the global market. Our Popular Music Studies undergraduate degree will provide you with the perfect platform for understanding today’s contemporary music industry.

On top of your academic studies, this degree offers opportunities for creative production work using on-campus facilities, including audio booths, a digital radio studio, Apple Mac Pro computers and DJ turntables. As well as creating your own music, you will have the chance to analyse live performances in and around Liverpool. Rock music in the Krazyhouse club, Karaoke singing in Chinatown pubs and the gay music scene in Manchester have all been subjects of study in recent years. You will be based in the Stirling Prize-nominated RIBA award-winning Art and Design Academy, which is a stone’s throw from some of Liverpool’s best music venues.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops accompanied by film screenings and television clips and involving critical listening exercises. During each year of the degree, you will be asked to complete creative production work and self-directed tasks, including a dissertation on a music-related subject of your choice.

One of the benefits of this course is that it attracts students from all corners of Europe and places further afield such as China and Canada, bringing interesting perspectives on music to classroom discussions and debates.

Course at a glance

  • Teaching from published academics,
  • Attracts students from all over the world,
  • Music-production facilities include digital audio booths, a digital radio studio and DJ turntables,
  • No formal music training or production skills required,
  • Exciting work placements in the local music and media industry.

Read more about BA Popular Music Studies here.