BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute
Popular Music Performance & Event Management BA (Hons)
BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

About the Course If you’re a performer who wants to improve your instrumental skills whilst gaining an understanding of all aspects of live events, then the BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Event Management Joint Honours Degree is right for you.

This undergraduate course will give you a truly unique opportunity to embark on an exciting career in a booming international live industry. Immersed in the thriving BIMM community, with countless opportunities to collaborate with a variety of talented peers, you will be given the opportunity to pursue your artistic, academic and industry ambitions to the full while helping to nurture your creative flair as a performer. It will empower you with the knowledge and skills to plan, promote and produce live shows, perhaps taking a DIY approach to yourself as an artist by organising your own gigs and tours.

Day to day learning will be in large live rooms, smaller studio sessions and seminar-based classrooms, with interactive and engaging classes that give you the chance to showcase your skills and apply what you have learnt in a safe and supportive environment.

Subject modules will feature core elements of performance and event management, as well as the roles, responsibilities and processes which connect them. You’ll learn the key skills and strategies to effectively create, plan and produce your own event as well as developing your performance, technique, arranging and musicianship. You will evaluate international tours and large-scale music festivals, whilst also exploring the growing issue of sustainability. You will also leave the course highly skilled in the digital world, with in-depth learning of social media and digital marketing.

Upon completion of the course, you will graduate with a portfolio of work that empowers you with the skills and drive to be successful in a fast-moving, competitive and creative environment.

The BIMM Graduate We make sure that when you graduate, your attributes and skills mirror the employment and creative needs of the music industry – both today and in the future. We aim to equip BIMM Institute graduates with the following qualities, so they have a long lasting career:

  • Employable and Entrepreneurial

  • Creative, Collaborative and Connected

  • Resilient and adaptable

  • Globally Aware

  • Professional

  • Intellectually Curious

  • Self-aware

This course is course subject to approval by BIMM Institute

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 61 graduates of Popular Music Performance & Event Management BA (Hons) at BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
63 /100
61 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19872 £18905 £22517
25-75 percentile range £17001 - £23829 £14067 - £24037 £16985 - £28940

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Popular Music Performance & Event Management, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of students and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of a Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and/or video form, as well as written. Examples of methods used: - Practical Exams - Written exams - Practical coursework - Multimedia coursework - Written coursework - Presentations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade C or above (64 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language. Mature applicants (19+) who do not hold the minimum entry criteria can be considered for RPP - Recognition of Prior Practice. This is an essay based submission focused on prior professional practice or experiential learning.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Cambridge English Advanced A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band
TOEFL (iBT) 80 the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21
PTE Academic 50 A minimum score of 50 overall. At least 42 must be achieved in all four skills

BIMM Institute welcomes applicants from International countries that will require a Student visa to study in the UK. Applicants must meet requirements set by UKVI. Upon acceptance of an offer you will be required to attend a consultation with a member of

Applicants from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Schemes: Low-income Scheme Care Leaver bursary Further information can be found on our website:
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Popular Music Performance & Event Management BA (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £15950 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £15950 year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fee shown is for year 1 of study only.
Fees may be subject to increase on an annual basis, and do not cover additional costs such as:

Visa application costs
Living costs rent/bills/travel
Equipment required for your course
computer and software/instrument/books

BIMM offer two bursaries on an annual basis:

Low-income Scheme
Care Leaver bursary

Further information can be found on our website:

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
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
Insurance £51
Other £95
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.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute

The British and Irish Modern Music Institute is a group consisting of eight member colleges, with its locations spread mainly across the United Kingdom, and two locations in Germany. With each campus situated in a major city full of cultural activity, students can expect to have the opportunity to bring their musical abilities to real performance situations outside of the college building. In terms of staffing, BIMM only hires and works with experienced professionals in their respective industries, ensuring applicants that they’re in the best hands for moving forward in their music career.

Where is this programme taught

BIMM Brighton - West
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BIMM Manchester - Great Marlborough Street
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