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BA Music (W300)

Course overview

BA Music (W300)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: AAB

A-level contextual offer: BBB

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

3 year(s) full-time

6 year(s) part-time

Part-time study with daytime weekday teaching.

Application method

Full-time: UCAS

Part-time: Contact artf-ugoffice@bristol.ac.uk for more information and to apply.

Fees

£9,250 per year, home students

£27,200 per year, international students

  • Part-time tuition fees will normally be charged on a pro rata basis

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Location

Clifton campus

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, composition and performance, across diverse styles and genres. These are complemented by weekly concerts, regular masterclasses and performances in the department, 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 and by a team of professional instrumental and vocal tutors. Our teaching and music-making takes place in the magnificent 19th-century Victoria Rooms, a familiar Bristol landmark with a 530-seat auditorium. A number of our students have secured organ and choral scholarships with our local churches and Bristol Cathedral.

Course structure

The first year lays a solid foundation in musicology and composition and (if you choose) performance, preparing you for advanced study in subsequent years.

In years two and three most of the curriculum is optional. You might specialise in your particular area of interest or explore a more varied selection, including composition, performance, editing, studio- and research-led history units, covering such topics as medieval music, opera, romanticism, music and war, aesthetics, film music, music and migration, and African-American music.

Your final year includes one major project (musicology dissertation or composition portfolio) or 30-minute recital. Performance students receive one-to-one tuition with specialist tutors throughout their degree.

You will have an average of at least ten contact hours per week and may take units in other subjects. You can also choose to spend part of your second year studying abroad at a partner university. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Global Opportunities.

Our Liberal Arts courses allow you to select a specialist music pathway, combining music units with foundational units exploring issues in the arts and humanities and building skills in analysis and communication.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

No specific subjects required.

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

Additional requirements

Where an academic qualification in Music is not available, Pass in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory can be considered.

More about UK qualifications.

Selection process

  • We only use your information in UCAS, or your application form, to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
  • Full information about our selection processes for this course:
  • Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement:

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