Master your music with an ICMP Masters degree course

If you’d like to explore music at a more-advanced level, then studying a Masters at ICMP could be just what your career needs. Choose from our two one-year postgraduate music courses – the MMus in Popular Music Performance and the MA in Songwriting.

A masterful mix of theory and practice

Our ICMP Masters degrees in music are really something special. Both the MMus in Popular Music Performance and the MA in Songwriting are validated by the University of East London and combine advanced performance skills, musicianship expertise, instrumental technique and songwriting talents with innovative academic theory, research, critical reasoning and analysis. They’re the perfect courses if you’re a talented musician or songwriter looking to continue on with your studies after an undergraduate degree. Or if you already have a large amount of industry experience and are keen to explore your creativity and accomplish even greater instrumental or songwriting mastery.

MMus in Popular Music Performance

The MMus in Popular Music Performance is designed especially for guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists looking to take their instrumental technique, musicianship and performance skills to the next level. The course encourages you to explore your instrument, while extending your technical ability, and investigate your role as a performer in both studio and live environments. You’ll also put your musical management skills to the test when you take the role of musical director of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire.

Teaching is a mixture of one-to-one lessons, small-group ensemble classes, lectures, and private and group tutorials. The course encourages you to identify your own personal learning requirements, select your essential resources, and then design and implement a plan in order to achieve them.

 All MMus students are required to undertake a significant research project which leads to the production of a significant body of work for recital and a dissertation. You’ll receive highly personalised supervision from a mentor of your choice within our faculty, and you’ll graduate with the skills, knowledge, self-reliance and motivation needed to build and sustain a successful portfolio career as a talented music professional – whichever path you decide to take.

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Masters in Songwriting

Our unique Masters in Songwriting is truly one-of-a-kind. The only songwriting-specific Masters music postgraduate course in the whole of London, it’s a highly challenging programme which explores both the theory and practice of contemporary songwriting.

Working in a peer environment, you’ll explore the art and craft of songwriting, while writing at least one song every week. With teaching and support from current industry songwriting practitioners and academics, you’ll learn to channel your creative output and goals, considering artist, commercial and intellectual outcomes.

You’ll complete a series of modules focusing on creative exploration, technical songwriting exercises, musicology and creative voice, before taking part in the highlight of the Masters in Songwriting programme – your final ma music project. This is where you choose to create either a new major repertoire work (typically a debut album) or a dissertation in the area of songwriting. You’ll be allocated a mentor and supervisor/A&R to help guide your project with regular one-to-one support.

As a graduate of the ICMP Masters in Songwriting course, you’ll leave with the knowledge, skills, confidence and connections needed to succeed in whichever direction your songwriting path takes you, whether that’s within the worlds of the music business, the songwriting industry, education, academia or beyond.

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How to fund your MA music course

Ever wondered: how much does a Masters degree cost?

Did you know that students on designated postgraduate programmes can borrow up to £10,000 per year of Student Loans Company (SLC) funding for the payment of MA music tuition fees and a contribution towards living costs? For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We expect this annual process to be complete by early 2018. Please visit for more information.

Apply for your Music MA course today

To apply for an ICMP music MA course, or if you have further questions on funding, simply contact a member of our Admissions Team today on 020 7328 0222 or email


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Industry Connectivity

Tileyard Music Studios

All ICMP students on the music Masters degree programme have access to London’s Tileyard Studios – the UK’s largest professional music community – students can use the facilities, book studio space and writing rooms and attend networking events. You’ll also benefit from a regular schedule of visiting lecturers who will discuss their different philosophies, approaches and ideas with you, including academics, musicians, songwriters and guests from the wider creative industries.

Access to professional & industry standard facilties

Access to professional & industry standard facilties

As an ICMP Master of music student, you’ll have direct access to ICMP’s amazing facilities with industry standard hardware, software and instruments, including a 24-track recording studio, high-tech Mac labs and dedicated performance spaces which can all be booked outside of class hours free of charge, seven days a week.

ICMP also holds an enviable stock of equipment which is available to hire both on and off site. If the equipment is for course related activity, or onsite practice, the hire is cost is free.