Bachelor of Music with Honours

 in Popular Music

 流 行 音 樂 榮 譽 音 樂 學 士 學 位 課 程



The new developments in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) open employment opportunities for different kinds of arts professionals. It is estimated that when the WKCD is established, it requires a manpower of about 5,600 people to work in the District.
The popular music industry in Hong Kong has an established reputation and is renowned in the East Asia region. Popular music business offers a challenging and exciting career. The industry requires not only talented singers, but also a large team of professionals who understand music as well as the business management and marketing aspects. In addition, in the past 2 years, pop song singing contests (e.g. "The Voice" organised by the TV station) are very popular in Hong Kong and it has attracted many gifted teenagers to join the competition. As the first and only popular music degree programme in Hong Kong, this programme enables students to develop a deep and comprehensive understanding of popular music context — cultural, musicological, industrial, aesthetic and practical, thus preparing them for the challenging and exciting career development.


A "Bachelor of Music with Honours in Popular Music" will be issued by Middlesex University to those who have successfully completed the programme.


Programme Features
• Identical degree award to the UK on-campus study from a university of excellent reputation;
• Full access to OUHK library and e-library, computer labs, learning resource centre and Middlesex's e-library support students' independent learning;
• Access to professional recording studio facilities and equipments;
• Optional Summer Intensive Study at London Middlesex Campus broadens students' understanding in western culture; and

• Guest lectures delivered by well-established and leading specialists in the music industry.


Admission Policy
Entry Requirements for Year 1:
• 260 UCAS tariff points*; or
• LiPACE's Professional Diploma in Music Business Management / Higher Diploma in Popular Music and Music Production
• Other acceptable equivalent qualifications approved by Middlesex University

*Middlesex will award tariff points up to a maximum of six subjects taken as part of the HKDSE
An example of the minimum entry requirements for HKDSE holders would be:
1) Level 3 in 4 Category A New Senior Secondary (NSS) subjects, except Mathematics;
2) Level 4 in 1 Category A NSS subjects except Mathematics; and
3) Level 3 in Mathematics (Compulsory Part).
(For the conversion of HKDSE results to UCAS tariff points, please refer to the OUHK-LiPACE Full-time programme prospectus.)


English Requirements (Year 1):
• Score of 6.0 (with minimum of 5.5 in each component) in IELTS; or
• Level 3 in HKDSE; or
• Grade E in HKALE; or
• Grade D or Level in HKCEE (Syllabus B); or
• Score of 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing) in TOFEL (IBT); or

• Grade C in GCSE (English as a First or Second Language);
• Equivalent qualifications


Compulsory Requirements:
• Applicants should possess appropriate musical skills, knowledge and understanding,  and have proven competencies in two or more of the four key areas of the programme - performance, songwriting, musicology (e.g. ethnomusicology, history, analysis or research on music related topics) and the music industry;
• Applicants will be invited to an audition or interview.


Programme Structure (Full-time)

BMus with Honours in Popular Music

Year 1 Genres in Popular Music MUS1091
Across the Culture Industry MUS1235
Writing about Music & Musicians MUS1072
The History of Popular Music MUS1092
English Summer Course (Optional)
Year 2 Developing Research Proposal in Art and Design
Songwriting & Performance 1 MUS2091
Popular Music in the 21st Century MUS2093
Music Theory & Analysis MUS2092
Applied Music Technologies MUS2056
Year 3 Songwriting & Performance 2 MUS3091
Advanced Popular Music Studies MUS3092
Independent Project MUS3055
Event & Artist Management MUS3072

1. This programme structure is subject to revision pending the results of the Programme Review conducted by the Middlesex University in early 2015. Programme structure of part-time mode can be found at
2 This programme is designed, assessed and quality assured by Middlesex University.
3 Developing Research Proposal in Art and Design is a LiPACE course provided to students for free. This course is not considered as part of the Middlesex programme. Therefore, result of this course does not affect students' graduation status at Middlesex. However, a fail grade will be shown on LiPACE transcript and students need to take re-assessment and to pay the fees as appropriate.
4 This course includes 24 hours of lectures, 36 hours of tutorials. In addition, there will also be 10 hours of individual supervision.
5 Students may apply for taking the intensive English summer course at Middlesex University London campus (cost to be borne by students) during year 1 summer.
6 BN012 is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (BN012: 452172). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.


Start Date of Course:
October 2015


Programme Duration:
3-year full-time or 4-year part-time consisting of 360 credits of study

Medium of Instruction:
English (teaching, course materials and assessments)

Tuition Fee:
Full-time: HK$74,200 per year (to be paid in 2 equal installments of HK$37,000)
Part-time: HK$51,960 per year (to be paid in 2 equal installments each year)

The fees and programme structure are subject to annual review. Discounts are NOT available.


• Kwai Hing Learning Centre, 8/F-11/F, Tower 2, Kowloon Commerce Centre, 51-53 Kwai Cheong Road, Kwai Chung, NT. (2 minutes walk under covered walkaway from Exit of Kwai Hing MTR Station)

• 7/F, Tung Chiu Commercial Centre, 193 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong