We offer four undergraduate degrees. Each of our undergraduate degrees has a particular emphasis reflected in the core compulsory Stage 1 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 music from other cultures such as Southern and Eastern Europe, Western and Southern Africa, North America, the Caribbean and Latin America.
In addition, if you wish to combine the study of music with other subjects you can study music as part of a Combined Honours degree.
You'll gain a solid grounding in Western art music practices whilst enjoying the opportunity to 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 - including members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia - and have access to rehearsal spaces 24/7 in our £4.5m Music Studios.
This degree allows you to study contemporary music performance, composition and academic study, ranging from acoustic singer-songwriting through to experimental electronic forms.
You will study a broad range of historical and cultural topics, opening you up to diverse musical experiences, such as American popular music and folk music studies.
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.
You can also study language modules to prepare you for your year abroad, although many of our partner institutions teach in English.
The diversity of degrees offered made for a diverse student body, and plenty of opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other.
Tailor your degree to suit your interests
Our highly flexible undergraduate degree programmes enable you to determine a balance of practical and academic work best suited to your interests. You'll have the freedom to tailor your degree, and can specialise in one kind of music, or opt for a more general education in music. While you will have broad-based music education, as you progress through your degree you can choose to specialise in musicology, performance or composition.
If you want to specialise, we have undergraduate degrees in classical music, popular music and Folk and traditional music. 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.
Join a vibrant community of musicians
If you are interested in musical performance, you’ll join a dynamic and pro-active community of music makers.
You will be able to enjoy our weekly professional concert series, LIVE in the King’s Hall, and there are myriad staff- and student-led ensembles you will be able to join. From symphony orchestras, choirs, early music ensembles and salsa bands to folk ensembles and pop and rock groups, we offer a large range of practical music making throughout the year. We also hold an annual International Centre for Music Studies Summer Music Festival, which is run by music students and provides both performance and arts administration experience.
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