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BMus (Hons) |
The BMus (Hons) Music degree at City University London offers a cutting-edge curriculum in the heart of central London with access to outstanding facilities and performance opportunities.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 years



Full-time: £9,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC)


Full-time: £13,500 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Application period

From 1 September 2016

Until 15 January 2017

Who is it for?

This course would suit anyone interested in pursuing a wide range of music-related careers including composition and performance.


The BMus (Hons) Music degree at City adopts a global and interdisciplinary approach to the study of music, which is underpinned by a blend of theory and practice. Through the study of classical, popular and world music the degree offers exciting new perspectives on music and its relationships with culture, technology and society.

The course allows students to immerse themselves in every aspect of music, providing education and research which has contemporary relevance, application and usefulness. The diversity of the educational offering and the focus on employability skills ensures students are equipped to pursue a range of future careers. Students pursuing solo performance are eligible to receive instrumental or vocal tuition at the Department of Music from leading professional performers.

The course combines excellent graduate prospects, exceptional academics and outstanding facilities in a central London location.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A'Level: ABB and at least a pass at Grade 7 (merit) in a practical music qualification.
  • UCAS Tariff: 128 points (typically ABB and at least a pass at Grade 7 (merit) in a practical music qualification, with a relevant EPQ). 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)
  • 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 340 points. Offers will not be made on the basis of AS level grades alone.

Applicants to the BMus Music degree who have attained a performance level equivalent to Grade 8 practical music examination may, in the absence of a formal qualification, submit a certified video recording of their performance for review as evidence of equivalence.

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 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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London 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 on the form. The UCAS code for City University 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 university can see only their entry and not those of other universities 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 London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’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.

90 per cent of Music graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (UniStats)
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 rated 87% of our research as either 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).
City is ranked 14th in the UK for Music in the Guardian University Guide 2017

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Student views

See one of our students talk about what it is like to study music at City


The second year elective module, work placement, offers students the opportunity to undertake a work placement in order to gain experience of a music-related work environment, to reflect on the skills and experiences they have acquired and to engage directly with their possible future career plans.

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

and a large number of schools, colleges and community music organisations.

Study abroad

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students who perform well in their first year of the BMus degree may have the opportunity to spend a term or full academic year studying at one of our international partner institutions. The visit may be taken as a ‘replacement’ term or year in the second year of the BMus (Hons) Music. Alternatively students may undertake an additional year of study between Years 1 and 2 or 2 and 3 of the BMus, in order to graduate with the 4 year degree ‘BMus (Hons) Music with a Year Abroad’.

Our international partners include:

  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg
  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Queensland
  • Rutgers University, USA
  • Seoul National University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Northeastern University, USA
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Turku, Finland

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

For more information please see our student exchange webpages.

Academic facilities

Music students can take advantage of our advanced recording and composition studios, a professional performance space , computer laboratories, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and world music instruments.

Our composition studios include three surround (8.1/ 5.1) studios, one of which is dedicated to film and live electronics work, and three stereo composition studios. All of the studios are equipped for sound editing, processing and mixing. As well as general software such as Logic, Sibelius and Pro Tools, these studios are equipped with Native Instruments Komplete.

The recording studio is equipped to deliver multitrack recording and mixing to a professional standard.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered by academics who are internationally recognised as leaders in their fields.

We offer a considerable amount of tuition in small groups and individually to maximise the amount of attention given to you as a student on the BMus Music programme. 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
  • Private performance tuition (for solo performers)
  • Ensemble rehearsals and performances
  • Studio-based composition/recording work
  • Guided listening and reading
  • Independent study and library research
  • Oral presentations
  • Ethnographic fieldwork assignments
  • Project work
  • Written examinations.


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

Coursework and examinations are typically worth 30% of the overall module, 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.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 2: 40%
  • Year 3: 60%


During the first year all students will study the same broad-ranging course. For the second and third years, you will work with a personal tutor to plan a tailored programme of study comprising a set number of selective modules drawn from our extensive offering, leading to the BMus Music degree.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

  • Major project (core module year 3) - Students choose between four and six elective modules depending on their Major project choice/s.
  • Ensemble performance (all years)

Career prospects

City's unique approach to music education means that you can immerse yourself in the subject you love at the highest possible level while still preparing yourself for the job market:

  • Our Music degree structure enables you to explore a range of music-related careers, including optional modules in sound recording, music business studies and music therapy. It includes the possibility of a work placement module in the second year.
  • City's Central London location provides a host of employment, volunteering and networking opportunities.
  • You develop your writing, presentation and IT skills throughout the course equipping you for a range of graduate-level careers.

BMus Graduate destinations

  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Secondary-school music teacher
  • Peripatetic instrumental/vocal teacher
  • Music examiner
  • Orchestral conductor
  • Administrator
  • Royalty-tracking consultant
  • Music therapist
  • Sound recording engineer
  • Music technician

The BMus degree provides professional skills that are transferrable to a very wide range of professions beyond music, as many employers know and recognise. Some of our undergraduates went into finance, marketing management, media (television, radio, theatre) production, digital industry and events organisation among other areas. Many pursue further study at postgraduate level.

90% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Information taken from Unistats

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