You will be taught by practicing professionals on a high achieving course well-known for producing graduates in the popular music industry today.
The New Adelphi building provides you with state-of-the-art practice rooms and recording studios with the latest industry-standard equipment.
The emphasis on specialist portfolio work allows you time to fully explore your creative ideas and passions.
Building on our long-standing reputation for Popular Music and Recording, our course is well-known for producing artists such as members of the British art rock band Everything Everything, singer-songwriter Kristyna Miles and James Cook (lead singer) and Rick Boardman (keyboards), members of 3-piece Indie Electronica band Delphic, who have supported acts such as Orbital and Kasabian.
You will study popular music as a discipline from a broad range of perspectives, developing technical and creative skills while placing an emphasis on academic and theoretical aspects. Our masterclass series involves leading professionals from the popular music industry – whether performers, composers or producers - designed to assist you in your professional development and career management.
Salford’s proximity to Manchester city centre means you will be able to take full advantage of the region’s world-renowned music scene as both an active participant and enquiring spectator. Our students regularly contribute to programmes, theatre productions, concerts and gigs as music performers and composers, and the course provides ample opportunity for you to engage with like-minded creative artists.
In addition to the traditional three year degree route, you have the option of pursuing additional training and academic tuition by undertaking our four year Foundation course, which prepares you for study at an undergraduate level.
BA (Hons) Popular Music and Recording Student Kalvin talks about his course as he gears up to perform at the Create@Salford Festival, an end-of-year showcase held at Salford's MediaCityUK campus.
The University of Salford has an international reputation for innovation and excellence in popular music education. This pioneering course explores popular music from a broad range of perspectives, developing technical and creative skills while placing an emphasis on academic and theoretical aspects. It delivers a broad-based curriculum during the first year with excellent opportunities for specialisation throughout years two and three. Our vibrant masterclass series is designed to enhance your career planning, involving internationally renowned guest speakers and visiting artists from the creative industries.
You will engage with popular music as an academic discipline, developing a detailed understanding of key popular music concepts, techniques and processes, as well as perfecting your practical ability in performance, composition, arranging, and the creative use of music technology.
In your first year, you’ll focus on instrumental creativity and proficiency through ensemble and one-to-one lessons with leading performance specialists. In addition to examining the concepts of style and genre in English language popular music, you’ll develop fundamental creative skills in arranging, applied composition and music technology.
In year two you’re given the opportunity to specialise within the musical fields of your interests and skill set. In the final year, you consolidate your learning, deepening your individual creativity in a personal body of portfolio work. You’ll also apply your enterprising skills on a major project designed to enhance your professional practice.
In addition to the traditional three year degree route, you have the option of pursuing additional training and academic tuition by undertaking our four year Foundation option. While the Foundation Year is listed as an option below, it is by no means a pre-requisite to the BA (Hons) Music: Popular Music & Recording course.
You will choose three of the following options:
You will study one core module:
You will choose two of the following options:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||104 - 120 points
FY: 72 points
|GCE A level||104 - 120 points including B in music. Appropriate subjects to include music, General studies not accepted|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM to include music
|Scottish Highers||104 - 120 points. 72 points for Music: Popular Music and Recording with a Foundation Year. To include Music.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 points. 72 points for Music: Popular Music and Recording with a Foundation Year. To include Music.|
|International Baccalaureate||31 points, to include 5 (Higher Level) in Music. 24 points for Music: Popular Music and Recording with a Foundation Year.|
|Access to HE||Pass level 3 QAA approved Access Diploma. To include Music.|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
You should be able to read notation and have a good understanding of chords, scales, rhythms and harmony.
All applicants are required to undertake a Theory test for the course.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Beth Hewitt the Director of Admissions for further information.
Examination and coursework.
On graduation many students go on to develop careers as freelance composers, performers and producers, as well as music educators (teachers, advisors, lecturers) and arts administrators. We have many students that go on to study at Masters and Doctoral level.
Salford’s music courses are renowned for producing graduates who excel in their chosen professions.
Our graduates have forged successful careers as signed recording artists, professional performers, studio producers/engineers, live sound engineers and freelance composers/arrangers.
Many have become events organisers, promoters and entrepreneurs while others have developed successful careers in music education as teachers, lecturers, researchers, senior administrators and educational advisors.
The following profiles demonstrate the diverse range of successful careers our music graduates have embarked upon:
Two members of the band Everything Everything (lead singer/song-writer Jonathan Higgs and Bassist Jeremy Pritchard) are popular music graduates from the University of Salford. They will support Snow Patrol on their 2012 UK Stadium Tour, and have performed live on BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland and at the 2011 Mercury Prize Ceremony. Everything Everything have been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards and were shortlisted for the Mercury Album of the Year award for their debut album Man Alive.
Recording artist and singer-songwriter Kristyna Myles graduated from Salford in 2005 and has since featured on albums by Chris de Burgh and Rick Guard. She has supported Mick Hucknall on a UK tour, and performed her own songs on television programmes such as Songs of Praise and Play it Again. In 2009 Krystina was nominated for Best Gospel Act at the MOBO Awards as part of the gospel collective DTWG. She has since signed a five album deal with Decca Records.
Popular music graduates James Cook (lead singer) and Rick Boardman (keyboards) are members of 3-piece Indie Electronica band Delphic, and have supported acts such as Orbital and Kasabian. Their debut album Acolyte received a Times 4 star review, and they were placed third on the BBC Sound of 2010. Their music has been regularly utilised within the wider media, for example, promoting Sky Sports’ coverage of the 2010-11 Premier League.
Andrea Leonelli studied popular music and then a Masters in Composition at Salford and now works full-time in digital production at Universal. He has also created a Podcast dedicated to the latest trends in Digital Music interviewing start-up CEOs, technology experts and journalists. The show has a wide following within the industry.
Popular music graduate, Caroline Redman Lusher, is the Founder and Director of Rock Choir TM which has received widespread praise for its community ethos and extensive membership. Caroline’s entrepreneurial success has resulted in numerous television appearances on ITVs’ documentary The Choir That Rocks and BBC’s Breakfast, and she has been widely praised for her inclusive teaching methods.
Popular music graduate, Stuart Avery, has developed his own successful music promotions business, SA Promotions. He also works as a record producer / mastering and post-production engineer on a freelance basis for bands and London-based dance labels Energise Records, Klone Records and Rumour Records. Another of our music graduates, Kelly Wood, works for the Musicians Union in the North West. Kelly studied aspects of arts administration as part of her course, during which time she attained a placement with Granada Studios.
The Head of Music at LIPA, Mr Martin Isherwood, graduated with a BA in Band Musicianship and then an MA in Compositional Studies from Salford (Martin also went on to win the BBC Song for Europe in 2003). Also working in the popular music education sector, Mr Mark Acton, another popular music graduate, is the Programme and Quality Leader for Music at Trafford College, Manchester. David Connolly graduated in 2010 and is now working as a composer and sound designer for London based creative music and sound company, Radium Audio Ltd. His latest projects have involved creating music for a Blackberry commercial and music and sound for Sky 3D.
We have direct links with professional institutions such as the BBC Philharmonic and HOME, and good working relationships with many music venues and festivals in the local area. The valuable knowledge and experience visiting speakers bring ensures you are kept informed of current changes and demands within the creative industries.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
A virtual tour of the Music Technology facilities in the University of Salford's Directorate of Music.
The Music Directorate houses 5 fully equipped professional recording studios with access to a variety of recording/performance spaces. We have created a creative and educational environment that aims to mirror contemporary professional studio practise. Our general philosophy is to facilitate the use of both analogue and digital recording platforms, software and hardware signal processing. All studios centre around a large format mixing desk which can feed hard disk recording systems and 24 track analogue tape machines. All studios make use of professional level outboard and software plugins as well as comprehensive balanced patch bays, giving students the opportunity to fully explore traditional signal routing, a skill vital to ones progression into professional practice.
Audient ASP 8024 (36 Microphone Preamplifiers / 72 channels on mixdown)
PMC IB2S / Yamaha NS10M
48 channels of A/D – D/A conversion through MOTU 24 I/O interfaces – Mac Pro
Tascam MSR24s 24 Track analogue tape machine.
A selection: 2 x AMS Neve 4081 preamps, Empirical Labs Distressor x2 / TL Audio 5051 x 2 / TL Audio 5021 / Lexicon PCM 60, MPX1, MPX550, TC Electronics reverb and multi-effects units / Drawmer Compressors and Gates.
Studio 1 has a large main live room with a variable acoustic and is also ‘tie lined’ to a more reverberant live space (“Studio O”), to enable complete acoustic separation of sound sources.
Tama Superstar Drumkit / Rhodes Stage 73 MK2 Electric Piano / Yamaha Upright Acoustic Piano (with MIDI) / Roland RD300sx.
Laney vc 30, Fender Deluxe Tweed, Line 6 Spider 100w, Roland KC 550, Ampeg BA 300
Audient ASP 8024 (24 Microphone Preamplifiers / 48 channels on mixdown)
Quested VS3208 3-Way Active Studio Monitors/ Dynaudio BM5a.
24 channels of A/D – D/A conversion through MOTU 24 I/O interfaces – Mac Pro Tascam MSR24s 24 Track analogue tape machine
API 3124+ 4 channel preamp, TL Audio 5001 / DBX and Alesis compressors / Lexicon and TC Electronics multi effects
Large acoustically 'dead' room with isolation booth for separation of sound sources.
Korg SP200 stage piano. Wurlitzer EP200a electric piano. Sonor Force Drumkit.
Line 6 Spider 100w, Marshall JCM 900 (x 2), Orange Ext Cab 120w, Peavey Renown, Peavey Bandit 112, Peavey Blazer 158, Peavey TNT 150, Ashdown Mag 250
Genelec 8030 / Dynaudio BM6a
24 tracks of A/D-D/A via RME – Mac Pro. Tascam MSR24s 24 Track analogue tape machine.
Tie lines to “Studio O” live room.
Roland Juno 106 / Access Virus C / Yamaha DX7 / Novation Supernova / Korg MS2000
5.1 surround mixing room with up to 8 x Genelec 8030a and 8040a monitors. Avid control surfaces with Lynx Aurora audio interface.
Audient ASP 8024 (36 Microphone Preamplifiers / 72 channels on mixdown)
Genelec 1030a / NS10s
24 channels of A/D – D/A conversion through MOTU 24 I/O interfaces – Mac Pro.
A selection: DBX, Alesis, SPL compressors. Lexicon and TC Electronics and Yamaha multi effects.
2 live rooms with tie lines to the lecture theatre housing a Yamaha baby grand piano.
Full Mapex drum kit, Baby grand piano, Clavia Nord Stage EX
Laney vc 30, Fender Deluxe Tweed, Line 6 Spider 100w, Roland KC 550, Ampeg BA 300
Our suite of 24 iMacs are equipped with sequencing, wave editing, synthesis, signal processing and post-production software. The software in the computer suite is, on the whole, the same as that found in the recording studios, so that work can easily be transferred from one facility to another. Logic Studio 9 and Sibelius 6 are standard across all the machines.
There are a variety of facilities available for location recording assignments, ranging from simple stereo microphone and SD/compact flash card recorder kits to 3 x 24 track recording systems. We stock location microphone kits adequate for recording both large acoustic ensembles and venue based band performances.
In addition to the equipment permanently installed in the recording studios, there are a variety of synthesizers, preamps, and effects units stored in the studios' facilities office that can be booked out for use in sessions. This office also houses our extensive microphone collection. We stock microphones from manufacturers such as Neumann, Brauner, AKG, Beyer Dynamic, Electrovoice, Blue and many more. Access to microphones is streamed as students begin to specialise in music technology.
Monday - Friday: 9.00am – Midnight
Saturday: 10am – Midnight
Sunday: 10am – 9pm
The recording facilities are always looked after by a full time member of technical staff and / or an evening and weekend 'technician / demonstrator', on hand to deal with technical issues and provide students with advice.
J931, W341 (with foundation year)
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with Foundation Year