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 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 (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 music from other cultures such as Scandinavia, Southern Europe, Western and Southern Africa, The Middle and Far East, North America 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:


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 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 ICMuS Summer Music Festival, which is run by music students and provides both performance and arts administration experience.



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).