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BA Music (W300)

Course overview

BA Music (W300)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: AAB

A-level contextual offer: BBB

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

3 year(s) full-time

6 year(s) part-time

Part-time study with daytime, weekday teaching.

Application method

Full-time: UCAS

Part-time: Contact artf-ugoffice@bristol.ac.uk for more information and to apply.


£9,250 per year, home students

£29,300 per year, international students

Part-time tuition fees will normally be charged on a pro rata basis

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.


Clifton campus

Our BA Music is a well-established and highly regarded programme. Our graduates go on to work in the music profession, the wider creative industries, and a host of other careers, from law and finance - via conversion courses - to civil service and non-governmental organisations, education and health professions, including music therapy. Some also choose to pursue postgraduate study.

We offer a broad range of units in musicology, composition, and performance, across diverse styles and genres. These are complemented by weekly concerts, regular masterclasses, workshops and performances in the department, and opportunities to get involved in the dynamic music scene in the city of Bristol. The department has a track record of international academic excellence and is exceptionally friendly and welcoming, with several of our staff running ensembles and performing with students.

You will be taught by internationally recognised and world-class musicologists and composers, working together to deliver research-led teaching of the highest quality, and by a team of professional instrumental and vocal tutors. Our teaching and music-making take place in the magnificent 19th-century Victoria Rooms, a familiar Bristol landmark with a 530-seat auditorium, a recital room, extensive studio facilities and a suite of practice rooms. Several organ and choral scholarships are available with our local churches and with Bristol Cathedral.

Course structure

The first year prepares you for advanced study in subsequent years, giving you a solid foundation in musicology and composition and, if you choose, performance.

Performance students receive one-to-one tuition with specialist tutors throughout their degree. In performance, we offer a wide range of instruments and vocal styles, but in the event that tuition on your particular instrument/vocal type is not currently offered in Bristol, you will be able to discuss options with the Department.

Years two and three enable you to tailor the curriculum to your particular interests. You might specialise in a specific area of music studies or explore a more varied selection, including composition (acoustic and studio-based), orchestration, performance, and musicology, covering topics such as editing, medieval music, opera, romanticism, music and war, aesthetics, film music, music and migration, and African-American music.

Your final year includes one major project (musicology dissertation or composition portfolio) or a 30-minute recital.

You will have the option to take units in other subjects and you may be able to spend part of your second year studying abroad at a partner university. To find out more about studying abroad, visit the Centre for Study Abroad.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

No specific subjects required.

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

Additional requirements

Where an academic qualification in Music is not available, Pass in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory can be considered.

More about UK qualifications.

Selection process

  • We only use your information in UCAS, or your application form, to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
  • Full information about our selection processes for this course:
  • Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement:

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