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The award
BMus (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14280 per year

All study options

About Music at City, University of London

100% overall student satisfaction: City first in the UK for Music in 2017 National Student Survey.

Explore your passion for music with this cutting-edge degree. We offer an inspiring environment to make music, with outstanding facilities and performance opportunities, as well as £2,000 performance scholarships, sandwich year, study abroad and placement options, and excellent graduate prospects.

Who is it for?

The Music BMus (Hons) degree at City will suit anyone interested in developing their knowledge and passion for music. The course enables you to immerse yourself in a subject you love, providing the opportunity to learn and create in a highly energised and supportive department with internationally recognised staff who share your devotion to music.

The course will appeal to students who want to actively perform and make music. City offers a wide range of ensembles, including classical, contemporary, jazz and world music, regular concerts and a summer festival - all giving you the opportunity to perform and discover world-class musicians.

As part of the overall tuition, we offer a competitive 20 hours per year of solo instrumental/vocal tuition.
For composers there are many opportunities to have their works performed by leading professional ensembles. Plus, we offer seven performance scholarships worth £2,000.

Whatever your future ambitions, this degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers and postgraduate study options in music, including composition and performance. To help you prepare for a rewarding career, you have the option to take a sandwich year on a work placement or study at one of our partner institutions abroad. You will also gain highly transferable writing, presentation and IT skills, equipping you for a variety of graduate-level careers.

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During your BMus (Hons) Music degree at City, you will take an exciting, global and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Music, blending theory and practice.

The course combines excellent graduate prospects, exceptional academics and outstanding facilities within a supportive musical community in a central London location, enabling you to:

  • Immerse yourself in every aspect of music.
  • Gain exciting new perspectives on music and its relationships with culture, technology and society through a close study of classical, popular and world music.
  • Develop a broad framework of knowledge and experience that is essential for today's musicians.
  • Learn with highly accomplished professionals active in or around London, many of them also teaching at the leading conservatoires in the city.

We offer a wide choice of modules, so you can focus your studies on the areas that interest you most.

Students pursuing solo performance receive instrumental or vocal tuition at City from leading professional performers.

The value of a music degree and the wide range of employability skills that music students develop is widely recognised by employers, and this is evidenced by our outstanding employment statistics: 100% of our graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (DLHE).

During this degree, you will develop a wide range of transferrable skills, including communication and interpersonal skills, creative thinking, organisation and discipline, teamwork, leadership, planning and time-management and problem-solving.

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Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A'Level: ABB (including 'A' Level Music) and at least a good Grade 7 performance qualification (or equivalent). An audition can be arranged in lieu of a performance qualification. We accept Grade 8 Theory in lieu of 'A' Level Music, subject to candidates achieving the requisite ABB (or equivalent) in other subjects.
  • UCAS Tariff: 128 points (including A' Level Music and a good Grade 7 performance qualification or equivalent). See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff system.
  • IB: 32 points, 6 in Higher Level Music with a recognised performance qualification.
  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Other suitable qualifications

If you have alternative or international qualifications (such as IB or BTEC), or if you do not have 'A' Level Music, your application will be considered on its individual merits.

Typical examples of offers made to applicants with qualifications other than 'A' Levels include the following:

  • Access to HE Music Diploma: Pass to include 27 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 18 Level 3 credits at Merit
  • Apolytirion: 18.0 - 19.0 pts (plus English-language requirements where necessary)
  • BTEC National Diploma: 3 Distinctions (DDD) in Music only
  • International Baccalaureate: 32 points to include 6 in HL music
  • Irish Higher Leaving Certificate: A1 in 3 subjects & A2 in 2 subjects (to include Music)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBB (to include Music)

Other GCE and VCE combinations may be considered if their combined UCAS tariff score is in the region of 128 points. Offers will not be made on the basis of AS level grades alone.

Mature applicants

If you are a mature applicant (aged 21 years or over) without conventional qualifications, you will need to provide evidence of your abilities, and you may be invited to an interview. Each mature applicant will be considered on merit.

Overseas applicants

Overseas applicants who are unable to attend an interview in person will normally be required to submit a verified video recording of their performance and undertake an interview via Skype.

English requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Teaching and learning

Your course will be delivered by passionate academics who are internationally recognised as leaders in their fields - and dedicated to helping you succeed in your studies. According to the National Student Survey 2016, 94% of our students were satisfied with the teaching and 95% were satisfied with the learning resources.

To maximise the amount of attention given to you on the BMus Music programme, we offer a considerable amount of tuition in small groups and individually. This enables you to tailor your work to your own interests as much as possible.

Your learning, teaching and assessment will take the form of a combination of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Student-focused group discussions
  • Individual tutorials
  • Seminars by visiting professionals
  • Workshops for composition and performance with visiting ensembles and ensembles in residence, including with musicians in residence
  • Private performance tuition (for solo performers)
  • Ensemble rehearsals and performances.
  • Studio-based composition/recording work.
  • Guided listening and reading.
  • Independent study and library research.
  • Written examinations.
  • Oral presentations.
  • Ethnographic fieldwork assignments.
  • Project work.

First year counts for 10% of the BMus Programme.

Individual Instrumental/Vocal Tuition

If you pursue solo performance, you will receive instrumental or vocal tuition at the Department of Music with highly accomplished professionals who are active in and around London and many of whom also teach at leading conservatoires in the city.

Take a look at the instrumental and vocal teachers working in the Department of Music.

Concerts and the summer festival

Throughout the year, we host public lunchtime concerts and evening recitals as well as a summer festival, featuring performances from a host of world-class musicians to inspire you. Students also perform at these events, so you will have the opportunity to gain professional performance experience.
The BMus course also includes regular performance workshops led by professional musicians. Students participate through both performing and giving peer feedback. This builds a supportive and co-operative culture and helps familiarise students with the experience of performing in front of other musicians.

Assessment methods

Throughout the three years of the music degree, assessment is by a combination of project-based or practical and creative work, and examinations or coursework. You will receive a considerable amount of tuition in small groups and individually to maximise contact and enable you to tailor your work to your personal interests.

Marks obtained in your second and third years will contribute to your final degree award.

Coursework and examinations are typically worth 30% of the overall module mark, and the end-of-module project worth 70%, although this varies across modules. Composition and creative practice modules are assessed by portfolio, and performance modules are assessed by final recital and interim components.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination (including recitals, ensemble performance and oral presentations) and assessment by coursework, extended project work, portfolio and dissertation will depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on choices made by students in 2016/17 is as follows:

Year 1

18% written examinations, 25% practical, 57% coursework, project and portfolio work.

Year 2

8% written examinations, 18% practical, 74% coursework, project and portfolio work.

Year 3

0% written examinations, 25% practical, 75% coursework, project portfolio and dissertation work.

Assessment weightings by year

Type%Year 110Year 230Year 360Year 3

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%


During the first year, all students study a core curriculum which includes solo and ensemble performance, Western classical, popular and world music, musicianship, critical listening, tonal harmony, composition and music technology. In years two and three, students choose from a range of elective modules in musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, performance, composition and applied music studies, delivered by acknowledged specialists in their fields. Performers continue to receive specialist individual tuition subject to satisfactory progress.

Year 1

Year One is made up of six core modules (120 credits).

Core modules

  • Music in Culture (30 credits): This module introduces you to the study of music in its historical, geographic and social contexts
  • Critical Listening (15 credits): You will develop your integrated critical listening skills so you can identify, describe and analyse the experience of sound across a wide range of listening situations
  • Materials of Music (30 credits): This module will enhance your appreciation of the structure and presentation of major/minor tonal music, develop basic music-analytical techniques, and give you foundational skills in the use of music technology
  • Composition 1 (15 credits): This module introduces fundamental aspects of compositional thinking and practice through a range of techniques with instrumental and vocal resources. You will get to hear your work performed by ensembles (both yours and professional) and receive feedback on your work-in-progress
  • Performance 1 (15 credits): You will develop your performance skills and artistry under the guidance of a professional, specialist instrumental or vocal tutor.
  • Ensemble Performance (15 credits): Students participate in at least one of our ensembles, which include: experimental music ensemble, chamber orchestra, chamber choir, African dance and drumming, Balinese gamelan, Javanese gamelan, Latin American music ensemble, improvisation ensemble and jazz workshop. In addition, students take the Musicianship ensemble.

Year 2 core modules

The second year is made up of 120 credits. You will take two core modules totalling 45 credits, and choose a further 75 credits from a range of elective modules.

Core modules

  • Analysing Music (30 credits)
  • Ensemble Performance (15 credits).

Year 3 core modules

The third year is made up of 120 credits. You take one core module for a total of 15 credits. In addition, you will choose at least one and a maximum of two of the three Major Project options - for a total of 30 or 60 credits.

Depending on your choice of Major Project options, you will choose a further 45 or 75 credits from a range of electives, offered biennially (some annually).

Core modules

  • Ensemble Performance (15 credits).

Core elective modules (Choose one or two Major Projects options):

  • Major Project: Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Major Project: Composition (30 credits)
  • Major Project: Performance 3 (30 credits).

Years 2 and 3 elective modules

In Year Two, in addition to the core modules, you will choose 75 credits from a range of elective modules.

In Year Three, depending on your Major Project options, you will choose a further 45 or 75 credits from a range of electives.

Elective modules

  • Composition for Moving Images* (15 credits).
  • Composition: instrumental and vocal* (15 credits).
  • Composition: Studio* (15 credits).
  • Debussy (15 credits).
  • Electronic Dance Music (15 credits).
  • Global Popular Musics (15 credits).
  • Greek Musical Traditions (15 credits).
  • Historical Performance Practice (15 credits).
  • Indonesian Music Studies (15 credits).
  • Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Process (15 credits).
  • Lieder (15 credits).
  • Music Business (15 credits).
  • Music Therapy (15 credits).
  • Music Traditions of the Far East (15 credits).
  • Music Traditions of the Middle East (15 credits).
  • Music, Fascism, Communism (15 credits).
  • Music, Sound and the Environment (15 credits).
  • Musical Theatre (15 credits).
  • Nineteenth-Century Opera (15 credits).
  • Orchestral & Instrumental Studies (15 credits).
  • Orientalism and Exoticism in Music (15 credits).
  • Performance 2* (30 credits).
  • Performance 2A* (15 credits).
  • Popular Music Now! (15 credits).
  • Principles of Music Education (15 credits).
  • Rhythm (15 credits).
  • Romantic Virtuosi (15 credits).
  • Sensing Music (15 credits).
  • Singing the Earliest Music: Challenges for Performers and Listeners (15 credits).
  • Sound Recording for Musicians* (15 credits).
  • Sound, Art and Technoculture (15 credits).
  • Sound, Music and the Moving Image (15 credits).
  • Stravinsky (15 credits).
  • The Age of Monteverdi - Innovation and Tradition (15 credits).
  • The Classical Style (15 credits).
  • Wagner, Mahler & Schoenberg: Art and the Transcendent (15 credits).
  • Work Placement* (15 credits).

* Usually offered annually; others are typically offered every other academic year.

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Overall workload

Most contact hours will take the form of a mixture of lectures, seminar presentations, workshops and tutorials, depending on the nature of the module.The department is committed to small group teaching wherever possible in order to maintain a student-centred approach to teaching and to enable your participation in the learning process. This programme will include an average of 12 contact hours per week. In addition, you will be expected to undertake 23 independent study hours per week. There is a also a placement module and sandwich year option. Approximate study time, based on  choices made by students in 2016/17 is as follows:

Year 1

24% scheduled learning, 76% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

23% scheduled learning, 77% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning, 0% placement.

Career prospects

Our Music degree structure enables you to explore and prepare for a range of music-related careers, with optional modules in sound recording, music business, music education and more. Students can also choose to take the work placement module in the second year or the sandwich year option between years two and three.

City's central London location provides a wealth of employment, volunteering and networking opportunities. The University Careers Service offers information and advice on careers, runs workshops on topics such as writing CVs and interview skills and advertises employment and internship opportunities. The Music Department also holds an annual 'Careers with a Music Degree' evening in conjunction with the Careers Service, with speakers from a wide range of employment areas.

You will develop your writing, presentation and IT skills throughout the course, equipping you for a range of graduate-level careers in areas from performing and composing to sound design and recording.

City's BMus degree provides professional skills that are transferrable to a wide range of professions beyond music, as many employers recognise. Some of our alumni have gone into careers in finance, marketing, management, media production (television, radio, theatre), digital industry and events organisation among other areas. Many pursue further study at postgraduate level.

City Music alumni work for a wide range of organisations including the BBC, Royal Opera House and Sony. Take a look our graduate destinations and occupations on the Music Department page.

94.7% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course Type%In employment78.9Work and study5.3Further study10.5Unemployed5.3

Find out more about the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBMus (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14280 per year

Notes about fees for this course

More about fees

*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £14,280 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

You will find a wide variety of funding sources and options available for the Music BMus (Hons) at City. Our award-winning Student Centre will provide you with financial advice and support to help you fund your studies. We also offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to our undergraduate students.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


Performance scholarships

We have seven scholarships, each worth £2,000 and renewable each year of study subject to satisfactory academic progress.

We welcome interest in the scholarships from instrumentalists and vocalists, which will typically be offered to advanced performers beyond Grade-8 level. We envisage that at least one of the scholarships will be offered to a piano accompanist.

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Eligibility criteria

We will award scholarships based on an audition and a short statement of interest. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • be in receipt of an offer to study BMus Music at City, University of London
  • be a full-time student
  • be a self funded student and not in receipt of any other scholarships

Assessment and notification

We advise to students apply by 31st January 2018, although applications after this date will be considered. After this date we will contact offer holders who have expressed an interest in the scholarships and invite them to select a preference of audition date. The auditions will be conducted by the Department of Music and the School's scholarship group. All applicants will be notified of the results before the UCAS decision deadline (2nd May 2018).

The audition will involve three pieces in contrasting styles and/or from different historical periods. Auditions typically last 15 minutes, so applicants may occasionally be stopped during a piece. The piano accompanist audition will also involve a sight-reading component.

We expect scholars to be leaders in their respective fields throughout their BMus studies, and actively contribute to, and enhance, the musical life of the department and the University. The scholarship will continue to be awarded for the duration of the BMus degree, subject to satisfactory progression, and successful fulfilment of the scholar's leadership role.

Student views

Eve Carpenter is in her third year of the BMus (Hons) Music at City, University of London. She explains how the friendly atmosphere helped her to settle into life at City and how being in a central London location provides a wide variety of career opportunities.


At City, we offer you the opportunity to gain experience of a music-related work environment during the second-year elective work placement module. It is a great way to apply the skills and experiences you have acquired and engage with your future career plans.

Students may also apply to take a sandwich year working in a placement between years two and three of the degree as part of the School or Arts and Sciences Integrated Professional Training Programme.

It is also possible to combine the options above by spending one term on the study abroad scheme and one term in a work placement in the UK. Alternatively, the Erasmus Plus Scheme enables students to spend a year working in Europe.

BMus students have recently undertaken placements at:

  • Brains and Hunch
  • British Harpischord Society
  • Les Misérables, The Queen's Theatre (Sound Department)
  • Live Music Now
  • London Ear Festival
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra (Education and Community Department)
  • MTV
  • Record of the Day
  • Richmond Music Trust
  • The Roundhouse
  • Songlines Magazine
  • Southwark Cathedral
  • Wired4music/Sound Connections
  • A large number of schools, colleges and community music organisations.

Discover what our students say about their placements and studying abroad.

Study abroad

The Music BMus (Hons) at City has been designed to help you to broaden your musical and personal horizons. If you perform well in your first year, you can apply to spend a full academic year studying at one of our international partner institutions (between years two and three of your degree). This option will lead to the award of the four-year degree 'BMus (Hons) Music with a Year Abroad'.

Our international partners include:

  • Koç University, Turkey
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Seoul National University, Korea
  • Northeastern University, USA
  • University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • University of Turku, Finland

There are also options to study abroad through either the Erasmus or international exchange programmes. City, University of London's partner institutions in music include the University of Queensland (Australia), and the University of Turku (Finland).

For more information please see our student exchange webpages.

Academic facilities

As a music student at City, you can take advantage of a wide range of facilities including:

  • Advanced recording and composition studios.
  • Professional performance space.
  • Computer laboratories.
  • Rehearsal rooms.
  • Practice rooms.
  • World music instruments.

Our recording studio is equipped to deliver multitrack recording and mixing to a professional standard.
Our composition studios include four surround studios (8.1/5.1), one of which is dedicated to film and live electronics work, and three stereo composition studios. All our studios are equipped for sound editing, processing and mixing, offering you general software, such as Logic, Sibelius, Pro Tools and Native Instruments Komplete.

Find out more about our excellent facilities.

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