Postgraduate Study

It’s time to Master your career

Develop yourself academically, creatively and professionally after your undergraduate degree with an innovative postgraduate degree course. A Masters is an exciting prospect that can take your career ambitions to the next level – and give you a real edge in the job market.

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What is a Masters?

An MA (Master of Arts) is an advanced academic degree designed for post-compulsory education. It builds on either your existing bachelor’s degree or professional experience. An MA can also be referred to as:

  • A masters degree
  • A postgraduate degree
  • Or postgraduate study

These courses are often more autonomous than undergraduate degree courses. For example, you’ll generally be given the chance to do more independent research and learning, developing and engaging in specific areas to gain a more specialised understanding of your subject area or profession.

Key facts

Industry-led and 100% relevant.

Well-balanced classes – a mix of theory and practical study.

Provides the skills, tools and knowledge needed to develop yourself academically, creatively and professionally.

Includes the opportunity to work in a vibrant postgraduate student community.

Allows you to collaborate on a range of creative and entrepreneurial projects.

1 year full-time or 2-year part-time study options available.

Studying a postgraduate course is an exciting prospect. Having a Masters qualification demonstrates to employers that you have the commitment, determination and passion for advancing your ability in a chosen area.

And there are figures out there to show that a postgraduate course is worth it. For example:

  • The UK Commission for Employment and Skills predicts that roughly 15% of jobs (1 in 7) are likely to need a postgraduate degree by 2022.
  • The UK Department for Education state that graduates and postgraduates have higher employment rates than non-graduates.
  • They also state that 77% of all working-age postgraduates are in high-skilled employment, compared with 65% of all working-age graduates.

If you’re considering a postgraduate degree, but you’re not quite sure whether it’s right for you, here are some of the main benefits of studying an MA:

Advance in your chosen career —professionally and financially

Having a Masters can improve your career prospects. It gives you the further knowledge you might need to apply for advanced positions in your company or industry. Also, people with Masters degrees tend to earn more on average than those with a bachelor’s degree.

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Flexible learning – develop yourself in your own time

You can choose to study full-time over the course of a year or part-time over two years. This means that you don’t have to put your career on hold or give up the day job if you don’t want to.

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Make important connections

When you study for a Masters degree, you connect with people professionally and have the chance to network in your chosen field. Our MA Popular Music Practice course allows you to work together with other students from different fields.

Additionally, all our internal industry engagement opportunities that are available to Undergraduate students are also accessible for Postgraduate students. This means you can strengthen your network and take part in exclusive performances, Masterclasses and work-based learning to give you the best springboard into a sustainable career once your studies are complete. You’ll also remain part of the BIMM Institute network via our BIMM Connect graduate platform.

Explore your interests in more depth

If you have a passionate academic interest, a Masters is perfect for satisfying your curiosity. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to pursue your subject from different angles – and you’re guaranteed to know your chosen subject inside-out at the end of your course.

Gain the necessary tools to make that dream career change

If you’re thinking of switching careers (or have a dream role in mind), a Masters can help get you there. After all, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and confidence under your belt to go after what you want.

Having a Masters to your name can also give you the edge in a crowded job market and make your CV stand out among those with an undergraduate degree.

Become a leader in your chosen field

On the MA Popular Music Practice course, you’ll be taught by the best in the business. And you’ll have the opportunity to become a contributor in your field yourself, not just a learner.

You will be able to work on your own creative and entrepreneurial projects, developing independent ideas and research in the areas of contemporary music that interest you: Entrepreneurship, Performance, Production and Composition.

Although your final award will bear one of these titles, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different areas of your practice whilst studying.

On the MA Learning and Teaching in the Creative Industries course, you’ll primarily work to develop your skills and knowledge as a creative and innovative teacher. Beyond your practice, you have the opportunity to explore deeper issues and questions of education, in areas such as course design, educational philosophy, leadership and mentoring, and educational research.

The innovative MA Performing Arts Practice provides fantastic opportunities for you to explore your own specialism within performing arts in line with your personal career aspirations. It allows you to stand apart from others in your chosen field and lead the discussion in the performing arts sector.

Are you a performing arts practitioner – either a performer, choreographer, director, or entrepreneur – with innovative ideas and a desire to work together with students from different fields?

During your MA, we’ll help you turn your ideas into reality. We’ll introduce you to cutting-edge research and assist you with broadening your network within the industry.

Take the next step

Studying the MA Practical Performing Arts is the next step if you want to further develop yourself academically, creatively, and professionally.

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This course is available to study at the following Performers College locations:

The MA Learning and Teaching in Creative Industries is perfect if you’re looking to enter a teaching career for the first time. It’s also the ideal choice if you’re an experienced educator wanting to broaden your knowledge and skills within the field of creative arts education at Further Education and Higher Education levels.

You’ll engage in critical and collaborative development as a creative educator and improve your skills and agency as a teacher, as well as literacy in educational research.

The MA programme will take a person-centred approach and include a balance of expert tuition, experiential workshops and self-guided study.

Take the next step

Studying the MA Learning and Teaching in Creative Industries is the next step if you want to further develop yourself academically, creatively and professionally after your degree.

Find out more

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This course is available to study at the following Performers College locations:

Applying for a masters is easy, but if you have questions, we’re here to help! Remember, the deadline to apply is 15th August.

Here are the six steps to apply for your masters at Performers College:

Step 1. Start your application

You can apply directly by creating an applicant account and submitting our online application form.

Step 2: Submit your portfolio/personal statement

You will be sent a supplementary form via email, which you will need to complete and submit within 10 working days.

Step 3: Specialist Review

This submission will then be sent to a member of the Post Graduate team for review. Applications for MA Performing Arts will be reviewed by a specialist within your chosen field/discipline. We will notify you of an outcome within 10 working days and invite you to attend an interview, if applicable.

Step 4: Interview

Following a successful specialist review, we will be in touch to arrange your interview with a Course Leader. You will be sent a confirmation email with the date, time and location as well as some guidelines on what to prepare. If you have any concerns regarding your interview, please contact the Admissions Team.

Step 5: Offer

You will be sent an offer email and a contract via your applicant portal, following a successful interview. Any conditions will be detailed within your offer email, along with important information in the attached Offer Pack.

Step 6: Acceptance

Accept the offer via your applicant portal within 28 days of receipt in order to secure your place on the course. Once you have confirmed your place, our finance department will be in touch. You will then receive information regarding enrolment.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about studying for a postgraduate degree with Performers College, please contact our friendly Admissions Team via email [email protected]or call 01375 672 053.


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