School of Arts and Cultures



Join a dynamic community of music students, with opportunities to study a wide range of topics.

Undergraduate student singing in a choir.

All of our undergraduate degree programmes enable you to determine balance of practical and academic work best suited to your needs. You will determine this balance by choosing modules that best suit your interests and best reflect your strengths. You'll have the freedom to tailor your degree to your individual needs and interests, and can specialise in one kind of music, or opt for a more general education in music.

If you want to specialise, we have undergraduate degrees in classical music, popular music and Folk and traditional music (see below). If you are interested in a general or ‘mixed’ education in music, then you can adapt your module choices in any of these degrees to suit your interests.

We perform, compose, research and teach a wide variety of music. Whatever degree programme you choose, you'll have opportunities to study topics and approaches across a range of music.

Consult the areas of study we offer to learn more about staff specialism and our module offer, or follow the links below to each of our undergraduate degrees.

Our degrees

We offer four undergraduate degrees. Each of our undergraduate degrees has a particular emphasis reflected in the core compulsory modules of each programme:

In all our degrees, you'll be introduced to approaches that are analytical, creative, cultural, historical, technical, theoretical and practical. You will also be able to study musics from other cultures such as Scandinavia, Southern Europe, Westren and Southern Africa, The Middle and Far East, North America and Latin America.

To learn more about our teaching philosophy, follow the link here.


There are undergraduate scholarships available for students wishing to join our degrees.


If you are interested in musical performance, you’ll join a dynamic and pro-active community of music makers. You have access to your professional concert series, LIVE in the King’s Hall. There are a myriad of staff led-ensembles.

We have an annual ICMuS Summer Music Festival and many student-led groups. From brass and salsa to folk and pop, we offer a large range of practical music making throughout the year.

If you are interested in composition, you will join a large and lively community of composers and improvisers working in all kinds of music from popular music, contemporary art music, sound sculpture to a wide range of musics mediated by technology. See our facilities pages to learn about how we support music technology at ICMuS.

If you are interested in the study of music as an academic subject, you’ll be able to join a dynamic community of musicologists working on a wide range of musics, everything from early music (from as early as 850CE) through medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and nineteenth-century art music, to twentieth-century classical and popular musics, including jazz, and folk and traditional musics, right the way up to the most contemporary classical or popular musical practices. You will be able to specialise in one or more of these areas or mix them as you see fit. More details about the study of musicology at ICMuS can be found here.


We are very proud of our graduates. They go on to have successful careers in music, the arts and beyond.

Find out more

We also accept applications on the basis of credit transfer and prior learning.

For more information, download our  Prior Learning Statement (PDF: 293 KB). To apply, you have to complete the recognition of prior learning  Prior Learning Application Form (Word: 41 KB).

If you're interested in some of the music created by our students, you can download some new music (zip folder: 116 MB) from the BA in Contemporary and Popular Music.