BMus (Hons) Songwriting

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Explore your creativity and develop an in-depth knowledge of your art and the industry with our BMus (Hons) Songwriting course. You’ll learn all about this music industry cornerstone. You’ll focus on areas such as lyricism and aesthetics, creating music with technology, and music publishing.

Working with a diverse range of talented artists to bring your aesthetic, academic and industry goals to life will be at the heart of the course. Day-to-day interaction and collaboration with fellow songwriters, performers, producers and business and events students will help you gain invaluable real-world experience.

As well as being surrounded by this creative and vibrant atmosphere, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art facilities. Each day, you’ll learn within large live rooms, recording suites and seminar-based classrooms.

From day one, you’ll be encouraged to form your personal stylistic development through a range of disciplines: from solo and group performances to commercial songwriting and music production for film, television and online channels. As the course progresses, you’ll be able to choose options that best suit your interests and career aspirations. These options will help shape you to become a multi-skilled music professional valued in today’s industry.

Highly experienced lecturers currently active in the industry will guide you through the core topics. These include styles and genres, songwriting techniques, musicianship, music publishing, events and releasing and Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) technology. You’ll also get to attend unique and inspiring Masterclasses with some of the best artists in the world, which will stretch you as a songwriter.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your career in Songwriting today.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: This course is taught as a three-year course at levels four, five and six.

Awarding institution: BIMM University

Campus delivery: Berlin and Hamburg

Language of study: English

Final award: BMus (Hons) Songwriting

Application deadlines:

  • 31st January: Early application deadline
  • 25th April: Recommended EU application deadline
  • 13th June: Recommended German (domestic) application deadline
  • 29th August: Final deadline

Minimum Requirements

Successful completion of an audition and interview with a BIMM Institute Assessor (details provided on application).

Minimum of 32 UCAS points, equivalent to:

  • Award of Abitur with an overall average grade of 3.4 including a minimum grade of 10 on the English component (Leistungsfach) on the Abitur
  • 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (or BTEC Level 3 equivalent), and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above

Please reference the International Entry Requirements webpage for additional international qualifications.

Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language


Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry in roles such as an Recording Artist, Commercial Songwriter/Producer or Media & Film Composer.

Course Fees

As part of Europe’s most successful group of music colleges, BIMM Institute is uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality.

We’re dedicated to giving our students the best music education possible – which means accessing our globally successful first-rate lecturers in high-tech locations at the heart of Germany’s music scene.

Such cutting-edge facilities can be expensive, but we make sure all BIMM Institute courses are great value for money – representing a practical and affordable investment for your future career in the music industry.

Choose your career pathway with our optional modules.

Our undergraduate degree courses allow you to define your own route to success via a range of optional modules. First, you’ll learn the necessary employability skills and find where you’ll fit in the industry. Then, you’ll be able to build your course according to your interests and career aspirations.

Optional career pathways:

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The optional modules advertised as available for BIMM Institute courses are subject to variation dependant on minimum student numbers and the availability of specialist resources at each college (Please refer to our terms and conditions for further detail).

Andreas Ohnhaus
Principal Lecturer, Vocals

Andreas is a Berlin-based singer, songwriter, producer and vocal coach who has worked with labels and…

Ben Schadow
Associate Lecturer, Guitar

Ben is a touring session guitar and bass player who is also in demand as a…

Cian Walsh
Principal Lecturer, Songwriting

Cian teaches Songwriting at BIMM Institute Berlin. Born in Ireland into a family of professional musicians,…

Ciaran O’Shea
Lecturer, Songwriting and Music Production

Ciarán’s career began as a founding member and main songwriter of rock group Cyclefly (Universal/Island), which…

Dr. Wolf-Georg Zaddach
Dissertation and Songwriting Lecturer

Wolf-Georg studied Musicology, Arts Management and History at the University of Music, Weimar and the University…

Frank Spilker
Associate Lecturer, Songwriting

Emerging from the post-punk scene in 1987, Frank co-founded the legendary label, Fast Weltweit, which was…

Jasmin Reuter
Module Leader, Music & Sound for Moving Image

Jasmin Reuter is an international film composer based in Berlin with a multi-instrumentalist background and a…

Katrin Hahner
Live Performance Lecturer

Katrin is a composer, producer and visual artist whose interests include electronic improvisation and art performance.…

Peta Devlin
Associate Lecturer, Songwriting, Music Production and Performance

Peta grew up in a musical family singing four-part harmonies and it’s no surprise that her…

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 +49 (0)30 311 99 186 or email


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