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Full time | Corsham Court | 1 year | 11-OCT-21

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Song / Lyric Writing

Course type


Course Summary

This online Songwriting Master's degree teaches creativity, technique, research, and context, to refine your professional song portfolio.

Our distance learning Songwriting Master’s Degree is a world leader in the innovation of teaching and learning songwriting online. The course brings together songwriters from all over the world who wish to study from home. Students have attended the course from Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Turkey, the USA and the UK.

The course adopts a blended learning design that combines formal online lectures and instructional videos with regular personal tutorials. Week to week, you study a workbook of specific tasks that are reviewed and discussed with your tutor. Peer-based teaching and learning occurs in our regular Songwriters Circle webinars, in which students from all over the world meet to share and critique their work.


From day one you’ll write songs, using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches. Through a range of creative strategies, and critical perspective on your songs’ relationship with audience and industry, you’ll develop and focus your output. This is informed by a blend of practical, theoretical and scholarly practice.

Lyric-writing, and a fluent command of imagery, metaphor and narrative is nurtured, as chords and melody take shape around language’s mood and meaning. All the while, you’ll investigate the power and potential of song forms, modes of address, perspectives, time-frames and characters.

Having stretched the range of creative options available to you within your own artistic palette, you’ll turn your hand to research; this is your entry to the postgraduate world. You’ll identify the industrial context relevant to your songs. Your knowledge of your field will become intensified through primary research, secondary research, and contact with guest speakers from industry.

Collaborating with songwriters from near and far will increase your creative and networking range; ahead of your Major Project contextual and collaborative research perform the vital tasks of shaping your song outputs.


There’s a broad range of professional outcomes from this course and our graduates now work as:

Signed artists
Signed writers


Here we engage with a ?pathfinder? contextual study into an economic/cultural context for your future song outputs. From folk to hip-hop, indie, chart pop, R&B and other genres, each as an industrial context possesses a uniquely different set of song expectations, venues, publishers, labels, agents, producers and performers. On this module you research potential career destinations relevant to you and your songwriting.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

We’re looking for the mobile, adaptive creatives of the future. We like you to be engaged with songs and songwriting culture already, and performing artists developing their product are particularly welcome. You’ll possess flair for writing, as well as a good undergraduate degree. However, where an applicant does not have a degree, they are required to complete an Accreditation of Prior Learning Experience (APEL) form.

University information

Bath Spa University is a great choice for those seeking to combine high quality tuition with a unique lived experience. The university has a 150 year heritage of delivering outstanding higher education, and is based in the magnificent World Heritage city of Bath, where students experience ancient Roman heritage alongside Georgian elegance and contemporary city living. The university’s specialist facilities include brand new buildings,...more

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