This programme is designed for students who wish to focus on the academic study of music, while still providing the freedom to pursue composition, performance, and interests outside music.Entry RequirementsAll candidates without either Grade C at Music A-level or equivalent or Grade 8 ABRS M, LCMM or Trinity College will be required to pass a brief entrance test, details of which will be provided upon application.GCE A and AS- level 300 tariff points from 3 A-levels plus 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification, including A-level Music (General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted)Irish 300 tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish 300 tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma 300 tariff points in Creative and Media, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist LearningIBDP 31 pointsBTEC ND DDM. BTEC NC is accepted alongside other Level 3 qualifications – please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information. All BTE C candidates will be required to pass a brief entrance test, details of which will be provided upon application.Access Pass in a related subjectPractical ABRSM, Guildhall, LCMM or Trinity Grade 8 in an instrument or voice is normally required for performance modules. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants without Grade 8 may be asked to attend an interview and/or audition.
For all other qualifications or combinations, contact the Admissions Tutor.Course AimsThis programme is designed for students who wish to focus on the academic study of music, while still providing the freedom to pursue composition, performance, and interests outside music. It provides a thorough knowledge of the development of Western music in the 20th and 21st centuries, informed by a broad understanding of earlier music history. It introduces important methods of analysis commonly applied to music of this period, as well as ideas in aesthetics, music sociology, music psychology, and critical theory.
Upon successful completion, you will have a broad basis of knowledge and understanding from which to pursue careers and/or further training in areas such as contemporary musicology, music education, criticism, broadcasting, music psychology, or arts management.Course ContentThe course requires students to explore fundamental questions about the nature and meaning of music by analysing and critiquing musical texts, and by considering their social, cultural and political contexts. In your final year you will have the opportunity to explore in depth an area of particular interest to you in the major project.
The degree course is modular. Each module is worth 20 credits and you must complete 120 credits for each year of your degree programme. You’ll have a wide range of modules from which to choose and you can specialise in areas that particularly interest you. The final year project requires you to carry out research on any related topic of your choice.Typical ModulesLevel 1 CoreAcademic Practice
Music and Society
Music since 1900: Themes and ContextsLevel 1 OptionsArts Elective
Introduction to Sonic Art
Principles of Musical Composition
Principles of Performance Practice
Sonic Arts Repertoire StudiesLevel 2 CoreMusic and Perception
Music since 1900: Experiment and TraditionLevel 2 OptionsArts Elective
Conducting and Realisation
Directed Ensemble Performance
Instrumentation and Orchestration
Composition for Soloist(s)
Contemporary Performance II
Popular Music PracticeLevel 3 CoreMusic since 1900: Modernism and Postmodernism
Special ProjectLevel 3 OptionsArts Elective
Analysis and Sociology of Popular Music
Music and the Moving ImageSpecial projectAt Level 3, you may produce a special project, and the freedom of scope you have is one of the most attractive aspects of the course. For example, your project might take the form of a lecture-recital, a dissertation on a chosen topic, an extended original composition, or it might be based on a placement (for example, one involving the music business, administration, publishing, teaching, the recording industry or performing with a world music group). Professional PracticeBrunel’s School of Arts and Arts Centre have a strong tradition of practical music-making and there are a number of ensembles that you can participate in, including the New Music Ensemble, Jazz bridge, Brunel Vox and New Noise. The Arts Centre holds regular lunchtime and evening concerts featuring visiting performers, music students and staff. Music at Brunel also has associations with the London Contemporary Orchestra and Piano Circus.Teaching and LearningThe 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.AssessmentAssessment methods include coursework, projects, oral presentations, practical work and some written examinations. The proportion of exam to coursework is approximately 30-70.CareersA 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. Brunel music courses also help develop a wide range of vocational, collaborative and transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers in industry and commerce.
Brunel music courses also 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 and highly sought-after presentation and communications skills during the course. Facts and FiguresSchool of ArtsThe School of Arts at Brunel includes single and joint honours degree courses in Music and Sonic Arts, English, Film and Television Studies and Modern Drama. Our staff are active in both research and practice, and provide expertise in a wide range of topics.
Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills, develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques. Each programme develops basic skills within its discipline but allows you to explore your own particular interests through a range of optional modules. Research conducted by staff in English, Film and TV, Music and Drama provides the basis for much of our teaching, ensuring that modules are connected to debates and issues that are current within these three interdisciplinary areas.
We also benefit from the activities of the Arts Centre, which organises tuition, performances and exhibitions across a range of arts.
With its rich mix of Drama, Music and Film, English and TV Studies, this is a vibrant, friendly and creative place to study.