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Music BA

Course code

W300

W301 with placement year

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

4.5 to 6 years part-time

Fees

2019/20:

Distance Learning UK / EU:  £9,250

International:  £15,400

Entry requirements

BCC (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

28 (IB)

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Overview

Our Music BA degree has been designed to develop your particular interests in music-making. It aims to equip you with a solid grounding in the craft of creativity which reflects the diversity of musical styles and genre in today’s world.

In your first year you will gain a strong understanding of composition, performance and musicology. You will also be introduced to sonic arts and sound recording. Your peer group of musicians will discuss, review and give you constructive feedback on your musical activities.

You can choose from a range of optional modules in your second year and final year. This means you develop your own bespoke pathway during your music course, and this prepares you for your chosen career in the music world. Examples of specialist options you could choose include orchestration and arrangement, and taking sonic art to the stage.

You will be taught by some of the leading figures in today’s contemporary music comprising composers, performers and musicologists. They are performing, composing and writing books, and have strong connections with the music community in London, the UK and in Europe. This opens up opportunities for you to collaborate with them and work together on installation projects.  

Our music facilities include a fully sound-proofed recording studio for rehearsals, and performance spaces and practice rooms equipped with grand pianos, drum kits and amps. Access is available to an editing suite with Mac computer workstations where you’ll work on your music using industry standard music making software.

During your time at Brunel, you’ll benefit from guest lectures delivered by leading figures in the music industry who give advice on music promotion and how to get a gig. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London’s exciting music scene for planned trips to music concerts, festivals, galleries, and museums.

Our music undergraduate degree can be studied full-time over three years, four years with a placement year, or part-time over six years.

We encourage the placement year option. This time in the music industry helps you to further prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. If you decide to go on a music work placement year, you could find yourself working at record companies, TV companies, or teaching music in a school.

You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your musical talent before you graduate alongside external musicians. There are a variety of performances hosted by Brunel including concerts, recitals and ensembles where you’ll be able to network and gain feedback on your creativity from the visiting music artists.

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Course content

From the first year you will start building a professional portfolio of your project-based work. You will plan and manage themed events and build a live website of your musical creations as part of the professional development module. In later years you can select modules that you find interesting and that reflect your career aspirations. You can choose a theoretical or practical-based final year project. It could be a written dissertation, or, alternatively, a composition, performance, vocal, or an album, or electronics piece.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.  Please see programme specification for the specific optional module combination choices that are available.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement year option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

A music degree from Brunel University London will prepare you for a broad range of employment in the music industry.

Our graduates are ready for the real world of music and launch careers as singers, songwriters, performance artists, and freelance musicians. Others are working in the film industry or in music studios. Some opt to work in event management, teaching, radio, journalism, or software engineering.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BCC in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in any subject (BTEC combinations {i.e. 3 Subsidiary Diplomas}, may be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merits in all units.

All candidates are required to complete an audition as part of the selection process. Subject to Audition/Interview performance applicants may be offered an unconditional place.

Applicants without formal Music qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally 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.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

Distance Learning UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£5,203 part-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,400 full-time

£8,662 part-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Our music undergraduate degree is delivered by professional musicians. This means you’ll be learning from teaching staff who will give you real insight into how to develop your relationship with music from a first love into a career.

Study will combine lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and instrumental lessons, masterclasses and workshops, and ensemble sessions.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed via essays, coursework portfolios, group practical exercises, individual and group presentations, exams, and the final year individual project.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.