This rewarding four-year degree follows the same study programme as our Music BA degree, but includes an integrated year studying abroad in Europe, Australia or North or South America.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 34 points
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During the degree you'll develop into an accomplished musician. You'll gain a solid grounding in Western art music practices and study a range of contemporary, world, traditional and popular musics.
To help your performance skills, you will receive funded one-to-one tuition from internationally recognised musicians.
You have the chance to enhance your employability through modules in music enterprise and music teaching.
You can also study language modules to prepare you for your year abroad, although many of our partner institutions teach in English.
Highlights of this degree
What you will studyWhat you will study
In your first year, you study compulsory modules that cover historical, cultural, theoretical and creative approaches, such as:
- music history
- world musics
- performance and composition
In your second year, you choose from a broad range of historical, cultural and practical options offered by the world-leading research-active staff at ICMuS. For example:
- popular and world folk musics
- advanced harmony and counterpoint
- Indian, African and Caribbean music
In your third year, you spend a year abroad studying music at a partner institution. We have links with universities and conservatoires in Europe, North America, South America and Australia. See below for more information.
In your final year, you study advanced modules from a wide range, and complete a major specialist study, which could be:
- an original composition
- a dissertation / project on an area of interest
- an instrumental or vocal performance
See the Course Details section for more information.
Performance opportunitiesPerformance opportunities
There are excellent performance opportunities for music students at Newcastle.
We offer a free professional concert series every Thursday lunchtime during term time, followed by a student performance where you have the chance to perform for, and listen to, your colleagues from all of our music degrees.
There is also a student-organised annual Summer Music Festival, showcasing our students' talent and giving you the chance to gain real-world experience of event management.
You can listen to performances by students and staff at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University.
Find out more about performance opportunities at Newcastle University.
Study abroadStudy abroad
You take a year abroad at Stage 3, and we have links with a number of universities and conservatoires in Europe, North America, South America and Australia.
- Berlin (Germany)