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Course details

Study options

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

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-128* (September 2018 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. 

Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016. 

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 Production is part of the Department of Media and Performing Arts, so you'll be studying with other students who are also interested in electronics, 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. Watch this video of our latest facilities.

John Crossley, Senior Music and Production lecturer, talks about the Music Recording Studios at Markeaton Street
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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Digital Audio Workstations (prescribed)
  • Performance Studies (prescribed)
  • Music and Creative Technologies 
  • Musicianship Skills 
  • Studio Techniques (prescribed)
  • Music and Technology in Popular Culture
  • Music Business and Management 
  • Ensemble Workshop   
  • Video/Audio Production
  • Recording Project (prescribed)
  • Creative Studies in Popular Music (Double module)
  • Research Project
  • Entertainment Industry: Professional Practice 
  • Live Performance 

There are two ways to combine the subjects in your degree:

Joint - study two subjects equally (each year, study three modules from each subject)                

Major-Minor – specialise in one subject (with up to 5 modules each year) and minor with the remaining module(s) from your second chosen subject.

The award of BA or BSc depends upon the combination of subjects taken. Popular Music Production is classified as an Arts subject, so if taken with other Arts subjects the award will be a BA. If taken as a Minor along with Science subjects however, then the award will be a BSc. In cases of equal Science and Arts weighting, it is possible to choose the award type. Further detailed information about the Joint Honours Scheme, selection of modules and other considerations is available in the Joint Honours Scheme Handbook, referenced above. The Joint Honours Popular Music Production Pathway takes a subset of the BA (Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology modules.

How you will learn

Learning and assessment 

A variety of assessment methods will be used. Some Popular Music and Production 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.   

We are one of the leading universities conducting research into surround-sound technologies. In February 2015, we also became the first UK university to have a Wave1 processor installed into our 24-channel surround lab, which has placed us at the forefront of developments in 3D sound - thanks to our close relationship with Swiss-based company Sonic Emotion.

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 hone your performance skills at venues across the city, including Derby Theatre which the University owns and runs as a professional producing theatre. See some images below of the event over the past few years:

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-128* (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

*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 2019 typical entry requirements

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.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

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

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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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.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

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.

Notable Graduates:

Charlotte Carpenter has gone on to become a successful performing artist. See some of her work here: 

Jake Graham and Chris Burns established the band Fahran performing at festivals around the UK and Europe; they have returned to headline the Popular Music Showcase two years in a row. See some of there work here: 

Simon France is a Sound Technician at Curve Theatre, Leicester

Nathan Lewis - music teacher at Birmingham Ormiston Academy 

Luke Gibbs – Studio Engineer at Angelic Record Productions, Oxford

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Michael Brown (programme Leader) m.brown@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 593154
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generaljointhonours@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† 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.

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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.

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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