w304 - Music BMus

Music BMus Honours

UCAS Code: W304 (full time: 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.

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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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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

Meet Laura from the UK

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

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.

Stage 3 (Intercalating Year)

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.

Where you have not met the condition outlined above, you will be transferred to the BA (Hons) in Music, programme code W300. The Degree Programme Director will confirm this transfer in each case.

Stage 4

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, totalling 120 credits:

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.


    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. 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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    • institution code - N21

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