w300 - Music BA

Music BA Honours

UCAS Code: W300 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

Develop into an accomplished musician with a broad base of musical and academic training on this rewarding three-year degree.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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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.

You can also choose to enhance your employability and develop career skills through modules in music enterprise, teaching music in the community and music teaching, as well as placement modules.

You'll enjoy a high level of flexibility and choice, with increasing control over what you study as the degree progresses.

This degree follows the same study programme as our Music BMus degree, except that BMus students spend an integrated year abroad, whereas for BA students it is an optional extra year.

Highlights of this degree

The course at Newcastle offers a variety of topics to study. From performance to history there is something for everyone. The facilities are amazing, offering many large rehearsal rooms, a fabulous performance hall and professional grade equipment.

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  • Music BMus Honours

    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.

  • Contemporary and Popular Music BA Honours

    This degree allows you to study contemporary music performance, composition and academic study, ranging from acoustic singer-songwriting through to experimental electronic forms.

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

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. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You would usually take the following module unless it is dropped in favour of a modern language

In the event of you electing to take 20 or 40 credits in a foreign language, the compulsory modules listed above may not be dropped. You should note that opting out of MUS1058 at this stage will disqualify you from taking performance studies (MUS2058, MUS3014, MUS3018) at a later stage in the degree programme.

However, if you have dropped MUS1058 in order to take MUS1059, you can progress to take Contemporary Music Practice MUS2059 at stage 2, and progress to Specialist Study Performance options through that route.

Optional modules

You take at least 20 credits from the following list, but may only take ONE of MUS1002 and MUS1004:

You take at least 20 credits from the following list:

Please note, some modules at Stage 2 have pre-requisites.

Stage 2

Optional modules

You take optional modules to a credit value of 120. You choose at least one module from the following list:

You choose at least two modules from the following list:

You choose at least one module from the following list:

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Study Abroad (optional)

If you wish to spend a year abroad as part of your degree, you can do so in consultation with and at the discretion of the Degree Programme Director in one of our partner institutions. This is subject to a threshold of at least 60% in the first three semesters of study. If you follow this route, you will transfer to BMus (Hons) Music, W304. The Degree Programme Director will confirm the transfer in each case.

Stage 3

Optional modules

You will take one of the following Major Specialist Study modules:

*MUS3012 and MUS3014 are only available if you have successfully completed the relevant pre-requisite modules with a mark of 60% or higher.

You may also opt for a Minor Specialist Study, which must be in a subject area that is substantially different to your Major Specialist Study. You may wish to further develop the various "in Practice" ensemble options from stage 2 as either a specialist study performance or project.

*MUS3016 and MUS3018 are only available if you have successfully completed the relevant pre-requisite modules with a mark of 60% or higher.

You choose further optional modules from the list below, to make your credits total 120. 

Stage 3 (Level 6) candidates may take one Level 5 module with Degree Programme Director discretion but may not take MUS2058 or MUS2059 if either of these modules have been taken previously.

    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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Careers in Music

    100% of graduates from our BA Hons Music degree were employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating, earning an average salary of £20,831.*

    Graduate employability is very important to us and is integrated into the academic and musical life of all our music degrees.

    Our degree programme typically includes modules in:

    • Music enterprise
    • Teaching music in community contexts
    • Teaching music in schools

    We also typically offer placement modules in arts administration and community settings and schools. We also provide the option of gaining valuable work experience as part of a placement year.

    Our student-led Summer Music Festival gives students real world in experience of event management and the opportunity to showcase music performance skills in front of a paying audience. Teamwork and initiative are also fostered through participation in music, presentations and written work.

    Studying music at university is intellectually and musically demanding. It requires students to engage in a range of activities including:

    • performance
    • composition
    • improvisation
    • data analysis
    • research
    • critical enquiry

    Recent graduates have become professional musicians or have entered jobs closely linked to the music sector. Others apply the skills they have developed on music programmes in a range of careers including:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Media
    • Law
    • Healthcare
    • Marketing
    • Finance
    • IT

    Find out more about what our graduates go on to do. 

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

    *Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) data 2016/2017

    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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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




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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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