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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Song / Lyric Writing

Course type


Course Summary

The course is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation while exploring their creativity.

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry, and global demand for new songs is high. On our MA Songwriting you will nurture your musical creativity, focus and develop your professional portfolio, forge new collaborative networks, and engage in research designed to support your career as a songwriter.

From day one, you’ll write songs, using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches.

Applying practice-based learning at our world-heritage research centres, 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 meaning, and vice versa. 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.

There are regular taught sessions running across each of the three trimesters. Lectures, visiting speakers, seminars, workshops, tutorials, presentations, and playback sessions work on song material and research outcomes. Students play their songs to one another in a supportive yet dynamic environment, facilitating networking and analysis, and developing the language of creative critique. This can be in a live capacity or via playback.

There’s a broad range of professional outcomes from this course and our graduates now work as: Performers; Lecturers; Researchers; Agents; Signed artists; Signed writers; Teachers; Therapists; Publishers. This course also provides an excellent grounding if you’re interested in going on to PhD study.

In this course, students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

Different course options

Full time | Corsham Court | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Songwriting Skills (30 Credits) - Core
Song, Culture and Identity (30 Credits) - Core
Research Methodologies & Context (30 Credits) - Core
Major Project (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work. We positively welcome Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL).