Bath Spa University
Key Course Facts
Refine your professional song portfolio and unique songwriting 'voice' on our Songwriting Master's degree.
Write your songs from day one, and develop the skills of creative critique in a supportive yet dynamic environment.
Prepare yourself for a range of internationalised, professional futures in music and its wider industries.
Benefit from a pioneering curriculum, taught by professional, published songwriters and performers.
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.
The course is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation while exploring their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.
We maintain strong links with industry professionals, guest artists, and guest lecturers.
MA Songwriting (Distance Learning) 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 their home situation and students have attended the course from Australia, China, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Turkey, the USA and the UK.
The Distance Learning option is a blended learning design which combines formal online lectures with regular personal tutorials. Week to week you study a workbook of specific tasks which 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. Our low-residency weeks in historic Corsham Court provide lectures and events around which our social connections are formed. You’re welcome to come along to visit us in Corsham Court, although this is not compulsory as our lectures and classes are filmed for streaming anytime, anywhere.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES There is 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 and publishers. This course is also an excellent grounding if you’re interested in going on to PhD study.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
- Graduate Degrees
- Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Songwriting, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
You’ll already be very much engaged in songwriting - this course is not suitable for beginners. However, lack of knowledge of music theory isn’t a hindrance. You need "ideas". Where you don’t have a degree but have professional experience, we positively welcome you to apply.
Tuition Fees Songwriting MA
|England UK||£7790||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£7790||year 1|
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of Bath Spa University in top UK and global rankings.
About Bath Spa University
Bath Spa University is located in the rural outskirts of the English city of the same name, Bath. This institution of higher education takes pride in that they have the faculty resources and initiative to treat students as individuals, by learning their strengths and weaknesses, and thus being able to help them find work placements that align with their goals. In your free time, you can find academic and social experiences through Bath Spa’s more than 70 student clubs and societies.
Student composition of Bath Spa University
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
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|Mathematics/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||72%||0%||0%||£27750||£70480||202||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Audio and Music Technology MSc||The University of York||81%||0%||10%||£9730||£23300||136||York||On campus Full-time|
|Music/Theology & Religious Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||83%||0%||5%||£27750||£70480||187||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Music/Philosophy MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||75%||0%||1%||£27750||£70480||189||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Latin/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||96%||5%||0%||£27750||£70480||186||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Economics/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||85%||0%||0%||£27750||£70480||193||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|History of Art and History of Music MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||75%||3%||2%||£9250||£23100||171||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Economic & Social History/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||77%||3%||2%||£27750||£70480||185||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Music/Theatre Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||82%||5%||0%||£27750||£70480||180||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|