w304 - Music BMus

Music BMus Honours

UCAS Code: W304 (4 Years)

Course Overview

This rewarding four-year degree follows the same study programme as our Music BA degree, but includes an integrated year studying abroad in Europe, Australia or North or South America.

A string quartet conducted by a lecturer. There are excellent performance opportunities for music students at Newcastle.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BMus Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 34 points

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Study Abroad

During the degree you'll develop into an accomplished musician. You'll gain a solid grounding in Western art music practices and study a range of contemporary, world, traditional and popular musics.

To help your performance skills, you will receive funded one-to-one tuition from internationally recognised musicians.

You have the chance to enhance your employability through modules in music enterprise and music teaching.

You can also study language modules to prepare you for your year abroad, although many of our partner institutions teach in English.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

The course is amazing! The best aspect of the course for me is the vast amount of performance opportunities available.

Laura, Music BMus Honours
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Course Details

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Stage 2

Optional modules

You choose 120 credits from the following options, including at least one module from each list. The historical/cultural modules offered change on a yearly basis, and always include a range of topics, musical repertoires and musicological approaches. The options available in this current academic year are:

List 1: Musicological Approaches Options
List 2: Historical/Cultural Options
List 3: Applied Options

Stage 3 (Year abroad)

You spend Stage 3 studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. We currently have links with English-speaking universities and conservatoires in North America and Canada. We also have links with a number of universities and conservatoires in Europe.

While many of our partner institutions teach in English, some teach in their native language and you will need to take the appropriate language modules in Stages 1 and 2.

Please be aware that participation in this year abroad is normally subject to you achieving an average of 60% or more across the first three semesters of the programme.

Stage 4

Optional modules

You take one of the following optional modules (or pairs of modules):

You choose modules from the following, such that the total number of credits is 120, including at least one historical/cultural option and one applied option:

List 1: Historical/Cultural Options
List 2: Applied Options

If you have achieved 60% or higher at the end of Stage 2, you may replace 20 credits from List 1 and List 2 with 20 credits from the following provided the area of study (Dissertation, Composition, Performance or Project) is different to the Major Specialist Study:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.


Music careers

The employability of our graduates is really important to us and you will have access to lots of opportunities to boost your personal and professional development. For example:

  • Our student-led Summer Music Festival gives you real world experience of event management and the opportunity to showcase your classical music performance skills in front of a paying audience
  • Our music enterprise option provides you with the knowledge you need to start a business in the cultural sector

Our degrees teach you how to be confident, practical, hard working and dedicated. Our graduates go on to careers in a wide range of backgrounds, some becoming professional musicians or closely linked to the music sector, and others taking the skills they have developed and applying them in other careers, such as education, business, media, healthcare, marketing, finance or IT.

Studying music at university is both intellectually and musically demanding, and it is one of the most varied and diverse degree subjects available. It requires you to engage in a broad range of practical and intellectual activities including performance, composition, improvisation, data analysis, research and critical intellectual enquiry.

Music graduates therefore develop a wide range of key skills through both the academic and practical content of their degree, which opens a wide variety of opportunities.

Teamwork and initiative are fostered through participation in music ensembles, and communication skills through performance, presentations and written work.

Flexibility, self-discipline and good time management are all required to attain high technical standards and to balance the demands of study, practice and performance. This wide range of transferable skills means that music graduates can easily move into the career or training pathways that are open to graduates of any discipline; for example:

  • management
  • accountancy
  • law
  • events management
  • journalism
  • IT

Graduates who want to use their music degree in their work often progress to become self-employed musicians, performers, composers, teachers, academics, music therapists, studio managers or sound engineers.

Other opportunities include specialist magazine journalism, music librarianship or music publishing.

Many musicians enter careers that seek graduates of any discipline but offer the opportunity to use the specific skills developed in their studies. Possible occupations include arts administrator, community arts worker, museum curator or film/video production.

Find out more about the career options for Music from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2013/14.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94.1% of our 2014 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

More than three quarters (77%) of our graduates who entered employment achieved a graduate-level position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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