Edinburgh Napier University Music

Edinburgh Napier University Music

BA (Hons)   Music (Popular)

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Explore music genres, enhance your performance skills and gain the technical knowledge that you need to make your mark in the music industry.

Course introduction

Established in 2001 this course accepts applicants for principal study in voice, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums or composition.

The programme of study is designed not only for those who want to be performers, but also for those who want to work in the wider music industries as audio engineers, producers, teaching professionals, business entrepreneurs, and in the wider musical community.

You’ll achieve a high degree of competence on your principal study, becoming fluent in the use of music technologies and extending your cultural, critical and creative abilities throughout this wide-ranging course.

Edinburgh Napier University Music

What you’ll learn

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. The course is supported by well-equipped teaching and rehearsal rooms, recital areas and a music library.

If you have studied an HND Music, Music Business, Sound Production or equivalent, you may be eligible for direct entry. Note that you can only choose option modules in Years 3 and 4 that relate to, and follow on from, your HND qualification.

What you study

Year 1

  • Practical Music Studies
  • Music Technologies
  • Western Art Music
  • Music Genres
  • Popular Music Ensemble Performance

Year 2

  • Practical Music Studies
  • Music Technologies
  • The Business of Music
  • Popular Music Culture
  • Jazz 1 – America
  • Recording Studio Theory and Practice
  • Popular Music Ensemble Performance

Year 3

  • Instrumental/Composition Studies
  • Music in a Globalised World
  • Creative Practice
  • The Business of Music
  • Jazz 2 – Europe
  • Music for the Screen
  • Recording Studio Theory and Practice
  • Instrumental/Vocal Teaching

Year 4

  • Instrumental/Composition Studies
  • Major Music Project
  • Entrepreneurship in The Music Industries
  • Jazz 3 – Local
  • Production and Professional Practice
  • Music and Aesthetics
  • Instrumental/Vocal Teaching
  • Music Psychology
  • Music Research Project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.