MA Popular Music Practice

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A 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time postgraduate degree available at:

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.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time (one year) or part-time (two years)

Awarding institution: BIMM Institute

Campus delivery: Berlin

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).

Application Deadlines:

  • 25th April: Early application deadline
  • 29th August: Final deadline

Minimum Requirements

A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) or significant experience in a relevant field. Please reference the International Entry Requirements webpage for additional international qualifications.

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. Please reference the English Language Requirements for additional proofs of English Language that we accept.

Exceptions apply. Please contact for more information.

All applicants will be subject to an interview with a BIMM Institute Lecturer. 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

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.

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

• Practice as research​

• Analysing recorded music​

• Analysing audio-visual content ​

• Autoethnography​

• Action research ​

• Doing ethical research​

• Secondary research ​

• Proposal for Major Project​

• The industry taxonomy​

• Main disruptors in today’s popular music industry​

• Defining success​

• Music rights and licensing​

• Crowdfunding​

• Music marketing​

• Big Data ​

• Direct-to-fan​

• Curation​

• Career strategies​

• Application of analogue/ digital systems in popular music

• Integrating experimental & innovative technology in popular music

• Interactive music systems & apps

• Experiential learning​

• Effective negotiation, teamwork and collaborative strategies ​

• Leadership ​

• Budgeting​

• Locating, negotiating and working with industry stakeholders ​

• Marketing and branding online and offline ​

• Event production skills​

• Digital tools used in collaborations​

• Inclusivity ​

• Developing as a reflective practitioner

• Delivering a Major Project ​

• Making your project/ dissertation stand out​

• Contextualising your work​

• Working with a supervisor ​

• Disseminating your work ​

• Tutor and peer feedback​

• Self-assessment​

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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