BMus (Hons) Music

Undergraduate, Full-time

Music BMus (Hons)



100% of our Bachelor of Music (BMus) students agreed that our ‘staff are good at explaining things’ and ‘have made the subject interesting’

National Student Survey 2017

Overview

Develop your performance skills in modules that focus on solo and ensemble performance, with accompaniment provision (where appropriate).

With pathways in performance, composition and research-based modules, the BMus (Hons) Music degree gives you the flexibility to map out your future, with an impressive range of compulsory and option modules.

Our lecturers are practising performers, composers, conductors, music therapists and musicologists. Passionate about our teaching, we’re proud that 100% of our students agreed that our 'staff are good at explaining things' and 'have made the subject interesting' (National Student Survey 2017).

We are proud of our state-of-the-art facilities and well-equipped practice rooms that offer 24/7 access, and we’re one of the few music departments in the country to offer an undergraduate module in Music Therapy.

Hebrides Ensemble collective in a masterclass with composer James MacMillan

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

W302

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

Your skills as a performer and/or composer will be further enhanced through the study of modules in Music History, Contextual Studies and Music Technologies. In the second and third years, modules in Solo, Ensemble and Jazz performance allow you to develop your skills and expand your repertoire. Our final year Public Recital module equips you with the skills to present a public performance in an external venue. From liaising with venues, designing a programme and creating marketing resources, this module gives you a glimpse into the real world of performance. The practical application of orchestration and composition is emphasised through collaborative projects and workshops with instrumentalists. With modules that prepare you for careers as instrumental/vocal tutors, we are one of the few music departments in the country to offer an undergraduate module in Music Therapy.

Various performance opportunities are available to you through our lunchtime concert series and by membership of one of our ensembles, such as the Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Pop Choir and Wind Ensemble. Composers will receive opportunities to have their work performed by student and professional ensembles.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Your learning experience will be supported by lectures, tutorials, one-to-one and group lessons.

  • note and pen Assessments

    50% coursework/50% practical assessments in Years 1-3, with assessment based on chosen area of study and independent strengths in Year 4.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Optional supervised work placement or overseas study module. Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study. Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

    We are eager to support short-term work placements and promote various internal opportunities throughout the course.

    Our students studying Instrumental and Vocal Teaching have the opportunity to shadow music tutors at local schools, while our relationship with the Eric Liddell Centre provides those studying Music Therapy with a unique opportunity to gain practical experience working with people with dementia.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    You’ll have the opportunity to spend one trimester or a full year abroad in Years 2 or 3.

    Taking the opportunity to study abroad provides a unique opportunity to develop your studies in music while embarking on a rich cultural exchange.

    Opportunities include:

    1. Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland
    2. Washington State University, USA.

Popular modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Western Art Music 1
  • Western Art Music 2
  • Contextual Studies: Sampling Musical Worlds
  • Music Technologies: Making Music with Technology
 Options include:
  • Performance 1
  • Composition 1
  • Composition Studies: Originating Popular Music

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Contextual Studies
  • Music Technologies
Options include:
  • Performance 2
  • Composition 2
  • Performance Practice 1600-1900
  • Jazz 1
  • Ensemble Direction
  • Music Industries
  • Techniques of Music Analysis 1

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Music and Modernisms 1890-1945
  • Music and Modernisms 1945-1990
  • Techniques of Music Analysis 2
  • Independent Project
Options include:
  • Instrumental/Vocal Teaching 1
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Introduction to Music Therapy
  • Performance 3

Year 4

Options include:

  • Public Recital
  • Major Music Project
  • Performance 4
  • Instrumental Vocal Teaching 2
  • Music Research Project 
  • Music Psychology

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

If applicants meet the academic requirements, after further scrutiny of the application, they may be called for audition/Interview.

Applicants are required, as part of the audition, to demonstrate practical music skills which equate to ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent.

These requirements apply to all years of entry.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

ABCC including Music at Grade A and English or other literary subject* at Grade B

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test

A Level

BCC including Music at Grade B and English or other literary subject* at Grade C

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

A1, B3, B3, C2 at HL including Music at A1 and English or other literary subject* at B3.

New Grading System:

H1, H3, H3, H4 at HL including Music at H1 and English or other literary subject* at H3.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test

BTEC (QCF) Diploma

Minimum grades D*D (Distinction*, Distinction) in a related subject

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test

HNC

Pass HNC in Music with Grade A in the graded unit

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6,5,4 including Music and English or other literary subject* at Grade 5 or above. In exceptional circumstances, where the applicant's school does not offer Music as an element of IB, applicants who are able to demonstrate practical music skill equivalent to ABRSM Grade VIII on the Principal Study instrument may be considered. In such cases, academic referees should clearly state that HL Music is not offered as part of the curriculum.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

Literary subjects accepted

*Modern Studies, History, Psychology, Sociology, RMPS, Theology, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Geography, Latin and Classics.

Minimum year 2

Pass HND in Music with Grade A at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 £14,925
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

Musicians backstage at the 2017 graduations

Career opportunities

Recent graduates have been employed in a wide variety of fields of work including:

  • Arts management
  • Classroom teaching
  • Instrumental teaching
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Postgraduate study
  • Music therapist
  • Session musician
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