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About the Course
NSS results show Music at Brunel as the 2nd best university in the country for overall satisfaction in Music.
This programme is aimed at students who wish to study musical composition to an advanced level. It provides a grounding in the main compositional techniques of the 20th and 21st centuries, and helps you to use this understanding in your original work. There are regular opportunities to hear your work played, you will be free to pursue options in performance, sonic art, and musicology in addition to your compulsory composition modules.
Brunel’s Department of Arts and Humanities has a strong tradition of practical music-making and there are a number of ensembles that you can participate in, including the New Music Ensemble, Jazzbridge, Brunel Vox and New Noise. The Brunel Arts holds regular lunchtime and evening concerts featuring visiting performers, music students and staff.
The skills and experience gained during this course will be useful to anyone wishing to become a composer, whether of concert music or for broadcast, theatre or education.
Department of Arts and Humanities
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Brunel University London
Middlesex UB8 3PH
Tel +44 (0)1895 266582
The degree course is modular. Modules are worth 20 or 40 credits and you must complete 120 credits for each year of your degree programme.
- Facilities include a computer suite fully equipped for sound design and notation, studios for individual work, individual practice rooms and larger spaces for group rehearsals.
- There is a vibrant student performance culture on campus comprising several ensembles performing contemporary and classical music, improvisation, jazz, and live electronics.
- You will be part of a highly dynamic music department with a strong profile in the Greater London area. The University hosts weekly recitals and concerts, and our new Arts@Artaud series showcases new performance work by students, staff and visiting artists in the newly refurbished surroundings of the Antonin Artaud building.
Facts and Figures
Brunel has an unequalled concentration of contemporary music practitioners of national and international reputation, including the composers John Croft, Carl Faia, Christopher Fox, Harald Muenz, Colin Riley, Jennifer Walshe and Peter Wiegold, the pianist Sarah Kingdom, the jazz musician Frank Griffith, and the musicologist Bob Gilmore.
The presence of associate artists and ensembles including Piano Circus and Distractfold provides an incomparable resource that few institutions can match.
The music staff includes some of the country’s leading composers and performers, with teaching and research strengths in composition (both acoustic and studio-based), performance, musicology and socio-critical musicology. Modules on the course reflect the expertise of the staff and focus on technique and interpretation in contemporary music performance, as well as relevant cultural and historical issues.
Each subject employs a wide range of assessment methods including coursework, individual and group projects, oral presentations, practical work and some written examinations.
Brunel’s music courses help develop a wide range of vocational, collaborative and transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers in industry and commerce. Students have the opportunity, for example, to develop IT ability and highly sought-after presentation and communications skills during the course.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
The number of students participating in the DLHE survey from Music was small. The statistics below include graduates from Music, Creative Music and Technology, Contemporary Music and Performance, Music Composition and Sonic Arts. With findings based on small numbers of graduates they should be treated with some caution as one or two graduates in any one category may disproportionately affect the total numbers.
In 2013/14, six months after graduating:
A high proportion of our Music graduates have either progressed to postgraduate study at a university or conservatoire or have entered the music profession as performers, composers, teachers and technicians. Others have entered arts administration, publishing, the media and management.
Graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies, within a broad range of careers, such as:
- Universal (Decca)
- English National Opera
- Chief Executive, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
- Music Therapist, Music for Health Research Centre
- Freelance Bassist
- Sound editor for Hollywood movies
- Teacher, Head of Music
- Admin Producer, London Sinfonietta
- Arts admin at the Arts Council
- Performing/Recording artist
- Librarian, Royal Opera House
- Venue Management Assistant, 606 Jazz Club
- Systems Engineer for Apple, New York
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £6,750 part-time
International students: £14,100 full-time
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Requirements 2016/7
- GCE A-level BBB, including A-level Music (all subjects considered)
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Music.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-Level at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-Levels grade BB.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points in Higher Level 5 in Music.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Music course with 45 credits at level 3 with Merits in all units. Applicants who are not taking A-Level music or grade 7/8 music but are musically inclined may be asked to take a short test.
All candidates without A-level Music at grade B or equivalent or Grade 8 ABRSM, LCMM or Trinity College will be required to pass a brief entrance test, details of which will be provided upon application.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
For non-EU qualification equivalencies, please check the relevant country entry criteria.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.