BMus (Hons) Songwriting



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A 3 year full-time degree available at:

Explore your creativity and develop an in-depth knowledge of your art and the industry with our BMus (Hons) Songwriting course. You’ll learn all about this music industry cornerstone. You’ll focus on areas such as lyricism and aesthetics, creating music with technology, and music publishing.

Working with a diverse range of talented artists to bring your aesthetic, academic and industry goals to life will be at the heart of the course. Day-to-day interaction and collaboration with fellow songwriters, performers, producers and business and events students will help you gain invaluable real-world experience.

As well as being surrounded by this creative and vibrant atmosphere, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art facilities. Each day, you’ll learn within large live rooms, recording suites and seminar-based classrooms.

BIMM Manchester student with guitar

From day one, you’ll be encouraged to form your personal stylistic development through a range of disciplines: from solo and group performances to commercial songwriting and music production for film, television and online channels. As the course progresses, you’ll be able to choose options that best suit your interests and career aspirations. These options will help shape you to become a multi-skilled music professional valued in today’s industry.

Highly experienced lecturers currently active in the industry will guide you through the core topics. These include styles and genres, songwriting techniques, musicianship, music publishing, events and releasing and Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) technology. You’ll also get to attend unique and inspiring Masterclasses with some of the best artists in the world, which will stretch you as a songwriter.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your career in Songwriting today.


Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: This course is taught as a three-year course at levels four, five and six.

Awarding institution: BIMM Institute

Campus delivery: London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Berlin and Hamburg

UCAS code: 3C45

Language of study: English

Final award: BMus (Hons) Songwriting

Admissions Criteria: Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (32 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.

Minimum Requirements

Successful completion of a BIMM admissions assessment.

Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (32 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.


Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry in roles such as an Recording Artist, Commercial Songwriter/Producer or Media & Film Composer.

Course Fees

Please visit our Fees page for information on access to Student Loans. Please note, UK students eligible for loans are able to borrow the full course fee for BIMM Institute degrees.

Choose your career pathway with our optional modules.

Our undergraduate degree courses allow you to define your own route to success via a range of optional modules. First, you’ll learn the necessary employability skills and find where you’ll fit in the industry. Then, you’ll be able to build your course according to your interests and career aspirations.

Optional career pathways:

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The optional modules advertised as available for BIMM Institute courses are subject to variation dependant on minimum student numbers and the availability of specialist resources at each college (Please refer to our terms and conditions for further detail).

Emily Breeze
Professional Development Lecturer

Emily is a songwriter, singer, guitarist and performer from Bristol with over a decade of experience…

Frank Spilker
Associate Lecturer, Songwriting

Frank teaches Songwriting at BIMM Institute Hamburg. Emerging from the post-punk scene in 1987, Frank co-founded…

Gerard Langley
Principal Lecturer, Songwriting

Gerard is the Head of Songwriting at BIMM Institute Bristol, where he lectures in Songwriting Techniques.…

Glyn Thomas
Senior Lecturer, Songwriting

Glyn teaches Songwriting at BIMM Institute Manchester. Songwriter, producer, composer, arranger and music director Glyn has…

Hazel Mills
Performance, Songwriting, Vocals, Keys and Music Theory Lecturer

Hazel Mills is a Bristol-based musician/songwriter who has toured the globe across multiple genres, with artists…

Heidi Berry
Senior Lecturer, Songwriting

Heidi teaches Songwriting at BIMM Institue Brighton. She joined as a tutor in 2002 and has…

Ian Sillett
Deputy Course Leader and Head of Year 4, Songwriting

Ian is a graduate of the Leeds College of Music, and LIPA. An award-winning songwriter having…

Jasmin Reuter
Module Leader, Music & Sound for Moving Image

Jasmin Reuter is an international film composer based in Berlin with a multi-instrumentalist background and a…

Jess Balsom
Songwriting Lecturer

Jess Balsom is a singer, songwriter and keys player who has released independent albums and worked…

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].


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