BMus (Hons) Music

Undergraduate, Full-time

Music BMus (Hons)

We have a 100% student satisfaction rate for our BMus (Hons) Music course

National Student Survey 2021


We have launched a new BA (Hons) Music course, starting in September 2021. The BA (Hons) Music combines the existing internationally recognised BMus (Hons) Music and BA (Hons) Popular Music courses. The change is designed to widen the opportunities available to you on the course and ensure you have the skills vital for success in music industries. Entrance to the outgoing BMus (Hons) Music is only applicable to those seeking to join the course in year 3 - see entry requirements below. We look forward to receiving year 1 applications through the new BA (Hons) Music course.


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 optional 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 2021).

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.

The course provides the opportunity to study at a partner university overseas, or complete a work placement in industry.

We're the top UK modern university for Music (1st of 35 - The Guardian University Guide 2022, 1st of 43 - The Complete University Guide 2022, 1st of 41 - The Times Good University Guide 2021).

Camera focused on a Woman smiling during Hebrides Ensemble collective in a masterclass with composer James MacMillan

Mode of Study:



4 years

UCAS code:




Study Abroad:


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.

Additional mandatory costs

In most cases, students are expected to buy their own instruments, which are used when applying for entrance and throughout the course. Some exceptions include piano and percussion, in which case students can access University owned instruments on campus.

  • 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

Optional modules

  • Performance 1
  • Composition 1
  • Composition Studies: Originating Popular Music

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Contextual Studies: Music in its Social and Cultural Context 

Optional modules

  • Performance 2
  • Composition 2
  • Historically Informed Performance Practice 1650-1900
  • Jazz 1 - America
  • Choir Direction
  • Music Industries
  • Techniques of Score Analysis 1
  • Music Technologies and Live Performance 

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Music and Modernisms 1890-1945 
  • Music and Modernisms 1945-1990 
  • Techniques of Score Analysis 2 
  • Independent Project 

Optional modules

  • Instrumental/Vocal Teaching 1
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Introduction to Music Therapy
  • Performance 3

Year 4

Optional modules

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


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

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should state your specialist interests clearly on your application. This may be performance (please state your principal instrument), or composition. If you meet or are predicted to meet the minimum academic requirements, we will contact you to request a portfolio demonstrating your experience. You can find more information about what to include in your portfolio here.

These requirements apply to all years of entry.

Our entry requirements indicate the standard (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

For applicants looking to enter at year 1, please see our BA (Hons) Music course.

Minimum year 2

For applicants looking to enter at year 2, please see our 

BA (Hons) Music course.

Minimum year 3

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

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 international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • 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 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland £1,820 tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas and EU £16,425 tba
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


Musicians chatting 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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