Course Details

Find out what you will study on the songwriting degree and pathway options.


Focus on any genre

This degree course builds on our well-established Popular Music course, where we have 10 years’ experience of preparing our students to make a lasting impact on the music industry.
Focusing on any sub-genre you want – from acoustic to electronic and mainstream to left field – you’ll be able to call on the skills of our diverse community of musicians and producers to assist you in performing and producing your work.


Craft your own songs

During the songwriting degree you’ll get weekly one-to-one tuition with published songwriters and regular timetabled sessions in band practice rooms where you’ll have the creative freedom to craft and hone your own songs.

With access to our Apple Mac Labs, you will learn how to bring those songs to life using industry-standard software like Logic Pro.

A culture of collaboration

Resourceful and adaptable, you will write for yourself, bands, projects and soloists – for your coursework as well as independent projects.

You’ll gain valuable experience of co-writing, which will open you up to different styles and influences, and prepare you for a career as a songwriter.

Collaboration opportunities are plentiful and our partnerships with European conservatoires mean that you could be working with students in Mannheim, Rotterdam or Copenhagen



Our modules cover developing songwriting skills and professional studies that prepare you for industry.
Download the full course outline for BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting)


Specialist Study

You will receive weekly one-to-one tuition and small group work on the fundamentals of songwriting. You will develop existing skills in technique and musicianship and build your specialist songwriting skills.

Specialist Group Study

You will work in bands/ensembles and in Mac Labs learning Logic Audio.


Contextual Studies

You will develop fundamental skills and knowledge essential to the understanding, appreciation and creation of music, including the exploration, evaluation and application of the core musical skills associated with relevant repertoire informed by its social and cultural context.

Professional Studies

Additionally, as with all our degree pathways, you will be able to choose to study a number of professional studies modules that cover topics such as self-promotion and marketing, legal and commercial issues and digital and media literacy.

This focus on developing your business skills will help to prepare you for a successful career in the industry.


Pathway Options

You can choose to study an extra Foundation Year.


Foundation Year

Foundation Year - You can choose to add a foundation year to our BA (Hons) Songwriting pathway.

This 4-year BA (Hons) with Foundation Year would be suitable for you, if:

  • You do not have the standard/traditional entry requirements

  • You need additional time and support to achieve conservatoire-standard musicianship

During your foundation year, you will receive one-to-one tuition in your specialist study, and develop performance, composition or production skills in preparation for degree-level study.

On successful completion of the foundation year you would progress directly to year 1 of the BA (Hons) programme.

Download the full Course Outline for BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting) with Foundation Year.