About BIMM Institute

Opening the doors to the creative industries since 1983

We’re Europe’s largest, most connected music institute with eight colleges based in vibrant musical cities across the UK and Europe. Our creative space not only nurtures talent; it also enables future generations to find their place within the music industry.

For over 35 years, we’ve equipped our students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the demands of the music business – and graduate feeling industry-ready.

As a BIMM student, you’ll be part of a unique creative community, with access to unrivalled connections and real-world industry experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to be yourself and study in an environment that works closely with the very industry you’ll find your place in.

Read about the purpose, visions and values of BIMM Institute.

What we offer

We do things differently here, providing the highest quality of academic education alongside hands-on, exciting experiences that help you find your place in the music industry. At BIMM Institute, you can expect…


World-class lecturers, most of whom are active in the industry today

Innovative, relevant, industry-led diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Universally recognised courses awarded by BIMM Institute

Eight colleges across Europe’s most musical cities

Access to industry icons through exclusive masterclasses

State-of-the-art facilities to match those used by the industry

Esteemed alumni such as James Bay, KStewart, Fontaines D.C. and IDLES


We’re proud to be leading the way in music education

Preparing our students for a successful career in the music industry is why we do what we do. It’s who we are. And there’s never been a better time to be a student or practitioner in today’s vibrant, diverse and world-leading industry.

With nearly four decades of experience, we’re at the forefront of UK music education. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has commended us for the opportunities that BIMM students enjoy, including Masterclasses, guest lecturers, mentoring and careers advice.*

*QAA Higher Education Review of BIMM Limited, January 2016

BIMM Berlin students graduate, 2019

Our history


We start life as the world-renowned Drumtech: a dedicated drums teaching centre (now known as BIMM Institute London)


Brighton Institute of Modern Music (our very first college) opens


BIMM Institute Bristol opens


BIMM Institute Dublin opens (we also change our name to the British and Irish Modern Music Institute)


BIMM Institute Manchester opens


BIMM Institute Berlin opens


BIMM Institute Birmingham opens


BIMM Institute Hamburg opens

We’re granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers in the UK by an Order from the Privy Council*

*This means we can now write and award our own undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Following this achievement, we’ve launched a range of unique and innovative courses, designed in collaboration with the music industry to deliver the next generation of music education.


BIMM Institute is part of a larger group of Creative Education spaces that include Performing Arts (Institute for Contemporary Theatre, Performers College, Northern Ballet School) and Film and TV (Screen and Film School). This allows our students to come together to collaborate with other creative professionals and gain invaluable real-world experience as they progress with their education.

We’ve also launched our Access and Participation initiatives and support schemes. It’s part of our commitment to widening access and participation from underrepresented groups in Higher Education.

Any questions?

For questions on how BIMM Institute can prepare you for a career in music, or if you’d like more information on how to apply, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].


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