Music study guide 2023/24

Music at Bristol

Our BA Music is a well-established and highly regarded programme. Our graduates go on to work in the music profession, the creative industries and a host of other careers.

We offer a broad range of units in musicology and composition across diverse styles and genres. These are complemented by weekly concerts and opportunities to get involved in the dynamic music scene in the city of Bristol. The department is exceptionally friendly and welcoming and staff run ensembles and perform with students.
You will be taught by internationally recognised musicologists and composers. Our teaching and music-making takes place in the magnificent 19th-century Victoria Rooms, a familiar Bristol landmark with a 530-seat auditorium.
Musical literacy is expected for Music Department units. If in doubt, contact Dr Justin Williams, current Study Abroad Academic Director for Music.

Unit structure

The department offers many classes that are based in a single semester, and can therefore accept unit requests from Study Abroad students who want to join Bristol for just the autumn or spring semester.

Unit levels

The department offers units across all undergraduate levels of study: year 1 (level C/4), year 2 (level I/5), and year 3 (level H/6) units. Postgraduate units are not available.

Unit codes

Unit codes in the Department of Music begin with 'MUSI'. This is followed by a number indicating the year (1, 2, 3). For example:

  • MUSI10000 = year 1 unit
  • MUSI20000 = year 2 unit
  • MUSI30000 = year 3 unit.

For more information about each unit, check the University's unit catalogue for 2023/24. Applicants on all study abroad programmes must review the unit details on the catalogue before listing unit choices on their application form. This includes checking the format of assessment for each unit. The unit catalogue for 2023/24 is updated by April 2023.

Your unit choices cannot be guaranteed. Some units may not have capacity to accommodate all of the unit requests we receive. Registration on a unit also depends on whether you meet the pre-requisite conditions through prior study at your home university.

Units available on the study abroad programme in 2023/24

The following units from the Department of Music are open to incoming Study Abroad students.

Year 1 (level C/4)

  • Composition (TB4) - MUSI10059
  • Music and Society 1 (TB1) - MUSI10061
  • Music and Society 2 (TB2) - MUSI10060
  • Practical Studies: Criticism (TB4) - MUSI10062
  • Practical Studies: Performance (TB4) – MUSI10058
  • Technical Studies I: Harmony and Harmonic Analysis (TB4) - MUSI10047

Year 2 (level I/5)

  • 20th-Century Opera (TB2) - MUSI20130
  • Approaches to Music History I (TB1) - MUSI20142
  • Approaches to Music History II (TB2) - MUSI20143
  • Composers as Film Figures (TB2) - MUSI20139
  • Composing Live Electronics (TB2) - MUSI20126
  • Compositional Strategy (TB) - MUSI20047
  • Further Technical Studies (TB1) - MUSI20099
  • Hip-Hop Music and Culture (TB1) - MUSI20071
  • Introduction to Composing for Screen Media (TB2) - MUSI20131
  • Music and Sex (TB1) - MUSI20111
  • Music Recording and Production (TB2) - MUSI20124
  • Performance (TB4) - MUSI20058
  • The Romantic Imagination (TB2) - MUSI20121
  • Transcription and Editing (TB) - MUSI20056
  • Writing for Orchestra (TB1) - MUSI20141
Year 3 (level H/6)
  • 20th-Century Opera (TB2) - MUSI30147
  • Advanced Technical Studies (TB2) - MUSI30113
  • Aesthetics and Criticism (TB1) - MUSI30029
  • Composers as Film Figures (TB2) - MUSI30083
  • Composing Live Electronics (TB2) - MUSI30141
  • Composition Project (TB1) - MUSI30064
  • Hip-Hop Music and Culture (TB1) - MUSI30107
  • Music and Sex (TB1) - MUSI30120
  • Music Recording and Production (TB2) - MUSI30132
  • Performance (TB4) - MUSI30066
  • Studio Project (TB2) - MUSI30065
  • The Romantic Imagination (TB2) - MUSI30130

Year 4 (level M/7)

None available

Application queries

Contact the Global Opportunities Team if you have any queries about the application process for the study abroad programmes:

Phone: +44 117 39 40207


Students cannot audit units. Study abroad students are fully registered on units for credit purposes and must attend teaching only for classes that they are registered on.

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