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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years, Part-time: 6 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects. You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with. 

Through our Joint Honours Scheme you can combine two subjects to tailor your degree to your interests, areas of skill and career aspirations. Popular Music Performance is part of the Department of Media and Performing Arts, so you'll be studying with other students who are also interested in media technologies and popular music. Our staff are, or have been, involved in professional work and are all actively engaged in applied research in these areas. The facilities at our Markeaton Street site include specialist labs, recording studios, music production labs, sound and lighting facilities, and a surround-sound research studio. And you'll be using our high spec computing resources too.

Take a look at the professional music facilities at Markeaton Street:

John Crossley, Head of Discipline for Music and Theatre and Dance at the University of Derby talks about the industry-standard Music facilities at our Markeaton Street site.

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What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4MS532

Performance Redefined

This module offers the opportunity for the student to develop musicianship skills though the investigation of alternate traditions in musical performance.

The student is encouraged to develop aesthetic sensibilities, interrogating and manipulating the elements of expressive musical performance, in less familiar traditions inviting experimentation and creative risk taking, whilst maintaining listener coherence and performer communication. The essential components of musical language will be re-evaluated in the context of exploring and developing more novel expressive voices.

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40 Credits
optional
Practical

Code: 4MS534

Introduction to the Art and Science of Recording

Art and Science of Recording enables students to develop practical and technical knowledge of modern recording studio practice. The module provides an opportunity to manage a recording studio session, explore and apply fundamental recording concepts with confidence, and deploy core post-production techniques.

Utilising industry-standard software students will acquire understanding of the operational features employed in computer-based recording systems. Interpersonal skills are developed within the module through group work activities resulting in a portfolio of recorded material.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4MS538

Music: Institutions, Industries and Audiences

This module will provide an introduction to the academic study of popular music and to the discourses of popular music culture. It will supply you with the conceptual tools for engaging with popular music in a scholarly fashion. Familiarity with these critical perspectives and debates will enable you to build an understanding of the historical, cultural, social, economic, technological, and aesthetic developments that have shaped popular music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This module will familiarise you with key issues, theories, and approaches as it focuses on how popular music texts are created, circulated, and consumed. It will explore the relationship between the music, the industry, and audiences – a relationship that often gives rise to multiple, sometimes competing definitions. In focusing on critical perspectives as these relate to production and consumption, this module will explore the function and organisation of the music industry; considering issues raised via the relationship between commerce and music-making. In seeking to demonstrate how the industry operates, it will examine changing contexts and histories. It will also necessarily explore the processes through which popular music is mediated and commodified. it will also consider the role of audiences; examining, for example, the extent to which these are active and creative.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MS526

Performance Interpretation

This module develops musicianship skills through participation in collaborative ensemble music sessions, involving the performance of authentic re-creative and the development of original co-creative musical ideas.

The student will be given the opportunity to assimilate theoretical and aesthetic systems of thought and to relate theory to practice through the study of a body of music and the repertoires, texts, resources and concepts associated with it, recognising and responding to aspects of musical organisation, whether aurally or by studying a written score.

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40 Credits
optional
Practical

Code: 5MS528

Introduction to Studio Production Techniques

This module develops the skills acquired within Art and Science of Recording (Level 4) and introduces students to advanced post-production and audio mastering techniques. In groups students will record a musical ensemble and exercise practical skills used by professional post-production engineers.
20 Credits
optional

Code: 5MS532

Industry: Research and Practice

The music industry is constantly evolving to meet the challenges that advancing technology and the changing needs of the music consumer brings. Consequently, it is essential to have a clear understanding of this business. This module explores this and associated industries and develops a comprehensive understanding of the business and potential careers for the music graduate.

This module will also provide the opportunity to relate academic knowledge and vocational skills to the professional work environment. This module has a research focus for the essentials that are needed to understand and work in the music industry.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MS514

Music Festival

This module invites focus upon the development of a collaborative public facing external performance event based on the consolidation of techniques and styles covered in the pre-requisite performance modules. Students are required to focus upon an aspect of creative or re-creative performance and to develop this through a series of practical sessions towards the preparation of a final presentation in a public context.

The stylistic and technical objectives of the performance are negotiated as appropriate between student and tutor, and may reflect or complement other elements in the student’s final year programme in music. Students will be expected to consider the development of an individual expressive personality through the demonstration of advanced technical skills and deeper levels of interpretive insight. They will be given the opportunity to consider, along with their creative role, the administrative responsibilities of rehearsal management, progress reporting, marketing and promotion.

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40 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6MS519

Research Project

The Research Project module is a significant element of specialist degree programmes, requiring initiative, resourcefulness, time management and professionalism. The module aims to develop students’ abilities to work independently, objectively researching an individual topic in appropriate academic depth using relevant concepts and techniques.

The process is intended to allow students to develop skills particularly relevant to a career in their specialist area, demonstrating how knowledge and understanding interconnects with other disciplines in the arts, humanities, social and physical sciences as appropriate. Students will collect, analyse and apply information, and exhibit skills such as the ability to plan and sustain a significant project, identifying and obtaining the necessary resources to realise the aims of their project. The module encourages students to engage with issues arising from first-hand experience with industry practitioners, seeking to locate academic study within a professional context. This can lead to useful networking opportunities.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Undergraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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How you will learn

Learning and assessment 

A variety of assessment methods will be used. Some Popular Music Performance Joint Honours modules are assessed through coursework only, others by a combination of coursework, portfolios, assignments, case studies, oral and graphic presentations, collaborative and interdisciplinary team work projects, computer testing and examinations, so providing a flexible and effective means of assessing your progress. Assessments are designed to enable you to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for your module. An assessment component may sometimes take the form of a number of small submissions e.g. lab reports or short in-class tests.

There will be a major project at the end of the final year and a focus on developing your professional practice in either performance or composition. The aim is to maximise your potential for securing employment in the creative industries.  

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to access exchange opportunities in Europe through the Erasmus Plus programme – where you’ll be exposed to a rich variety of musical approaches and techniques.   

You will be taught by very experienced lecturers, many with international research portfolios and current professional experience.

Facilities 

You’ll discover a superb range of music making facilities at our Markeaton Street site, including state-of-the-art recording studios, rehearsal space, music technology labs and three post-production rooms equipped with latest software.  

The University has invested almost £350,000 in these facilities, ensuring you have access to resources which match those of professional studios in the UK and overseas. We offer a wide range of instruments, amplifiers and outboard gear on which you can develop your skills, together with a classic 48-channel Neve recording console. Take a look at our virtual tour of the studios.  

We are one of the leading universities conducting research into surround-sound technologies and all of our control rooms accommodate 5.1 speaker arrays. We also have a surround-sound research lab which has a 40-speaker ambisonics surround speaker array allowing height and depth parameters. 

While these studio facilities will provide an excellent setting for your taught sessions, they are also available for you to book at other times to fine-tune your personal music projects. You will also be encouraged to hone your performance skills at venues across the city, including Derby Theatre which the University owns and runs as a professional producing theatre.

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Degree Show

Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:

Take a look at highlights from the 2019 Degree Show.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Programme leader

Michael Brown

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

Must have music experience, normally at Grade 6 or above, including music theory at Grade 5 or above and must be able to read music notation, or provide a portfolio

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112*
Specific requirements at A-level

Must have music experience, normally at Grade 6 or above, including music theory at Grade 5 or above and must be able to read music notation, or provide a portfolio.

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For Joint Jonours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

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Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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Careers

When you graduate you'll be well prepared to work as a performer or producer in the industry. And you'll have the ability and confidence to deal with professional bodies, such as the Performing Rights Society (PRS), British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, British Phonographic Industry (BPI), and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). 

You could go on to work as a music producer, musician or performer, recording engineer, or music teacher if you do a PGCE after your degree. Or you could choose to work in areas such as sound design or sound for games.

Employable graduates - We’re ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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