Looking for Something New: The Provision of Popular Music Studies Degrees in the UK

Martin Cloonan, Lauren Hulstedt


This article reports the findings of some commissioned research, which was conducted by the authors in 2012. The research sought to examine the extent of Popular Music Studies (PMS) undergraduate programmes in the United Kingdom, determine their key differences, report the findings and make recommendations to the funders about its future policies for PMS practitioners. We report our findings and the implications for PMS practitioners.


Popular Music; Teaching; Undergradute; UK

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