The MA in Songwriting is a highly creative programme designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus both their practical songwriting and analytical songwriting education. Students focus on creative exploration, writing exercises and academic research around the subject before focusing on the creation of a new major repertoire work or a dissertation in the area of song. 

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Successful completion of programme MA Songwriting at ICMP leads to the award of MA by the University of East London.

Key facts

  • The personalised learning experience equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the music industry
  • One-to-one instrumental lessons and individual research supervision
  • ICMP's London location provides opportunities to perform in gigs at top London venues and immerse yourself in the current music scene
  • High-quality teaching by music industry practitioners
  • Extensive music industry links and access enable you to build that all-important network
  • A creative and inspiring learning environment
  • You can focus on realising your unique identity as a songwriter
  • Combines advanced songwriting with rigorous scholarship
  • Enhances your creativity and confidence as a performer and academic
  • One year full-time or two years part-time study


Creative Process (30 credits)

Songwriting Musicology (30 credits)

Musical Language in Songwriting (30 credits)

The Writer’s Voice (30 credits)

Optional 60 Credit Modules.

For a songwriter, identifying the conditions that encourage your best work is crucial. In this module, you will learn how to examine and evaluate your creative process alongside other possible approaches, and determine ways in which you’ll further develop your songwriting. Through research, discussion and self-directed writing exercises, you will explore subjects such as idea generation and organisation, song drafting and development, and explorative writing techniques.
This module will provide context for your own songwriting practice with analysis of popular musicology perspectives, reflecting upon the societal role and cultural identity of the songwriter. Your viewpoints will be broadened through study of songwriting ideology and criticism, and with guidance you will develop skills in forming and expressing critical arguments, particularly through essay writing and debate.
To be a successful songwriter, you’ll need a versatile toolbox of musical techniques and the confidence to fittingly apply them in a wide range of contexts. This module will equip you with those skills, helping you to develop a deeper musical proficiency, greater understanding of approaches and a clearer standpoint when selecting appropriate methodologies. You will cover subjects including song analysis, alternative approaches to fulfilling ideas, and musical meaning and ideology
Your writer’s voice is key to defining your identity as a songwriter. This module is designed to help you develop and refine this unique voice, through a detailed exploration of the discipline of lyric writing. With support, you will partake in discussion seminars and practical workshops, evaluate a variety of creative approaches for their influence upon lyrical content and apply your learning to your own lyric writing. This empirical approach will support you in achieving professional expertise in your writing.
*Students will choose one of the optional 60 credit modules.

Major Repertoire Project – OPTION* (60 credits)

This module provides an opportunity to create a major new songwriting project, during which you’ll receive individual supervision by a dedicated tutor. Your project will typically take the shape of a song cycle, artist album, comprehensive collaboration or a similar body of work. You will apply your skills in planning, creating, and evaluating material for your project, whilst also developing a delivery strategy for the particular context of your project. The Major Repertoire Project is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as a professional songwriter.

Dissertation – OPTION* (60 credits)

The Dissertation is a perfect option for the songwriter who wishes to develop an extended research project. This investigatory module may lead you towards consideration of one or more of the complex contexts, histories, themes or technical aspects of songwriting. You will produce a research proposal, and detailed research plan and a final extended written work, supervised by a dedicated tutor with specialist knowledge of your area of research. The Dissertation is designed for those wishing to pursue further study at Doctoral level and/or a career in academia or as writer.



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Applicants will normally have a good honours degree (upper second or first) or equivalent, or comparable professional or research experience.

The ICMP also welcomes applications from established practitioners who are keen to undertake study at the postgraduate level but may not possess the required qualifications. These students may be given credit for their prior study or experience.

International: English language requirement - Min Level B2 of the CEFR - for more information visit this website.

When completing an application for the Masters in Songwriting, please use the upload function to provide copies of the following:

A personal reference (ideally from an undergraduate institution where appropriate)
A personal statement

Additionally you will be asked to complete an audition/interview. Further documentation/evidence in support of your application may be required in certain cases.

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