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Music  BMus (Hons)

City's BMus Music degree gives you access to outstanding facilities and performance opportunities in the heart of central London, with private performance tuition from Guildhall School of Music and Drama teachers (for students pursuing solo performance).


City's Music BMus (Hons) degree adopts a global and interdisciplinary approach to music, including the study of popular, film and world music and Western classical traditions. This course will offer you exciting new perspectives on the world of sound, interpreting music in its widest sense as part of the general environment. In the 2013 National Student Survey 100 per cent of our students told us they were satisfied with their programme overall, putting us first in the country for student satisfaction.

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Course overview

  • City's BMus music degree offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the subject you love while studying and performing in the heart of London.
  • You can develop your existing musical interests and experiment with new ones through an extensive range of performance opportunities and course modules in cultural studies, composition, performance and applied music studies.
  • The course is taught by specialists in their fields who are committed to your musical, professional and personal development, including a 2012 National Teaching Fellow.
  • The undergraduate music degree offers you private performance lessons with tutors from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (for students pursuing solo performance), in addition to outstanding facilities in a central London location.

Skype Chats for International Students

International students who are interested in studying the BMus (Hons) Music at City can talk to a member of staff in our department via Skype. Please email to arrange a chat about the course.

Entry Requirements:

'A' Level: 340 UCAS tariff points, including Music 'A' Level grade B. Applicants should also hold a recognised performance qualification. Typically met by achieving ABB/AAB and grade 7 in a practical music qualification (grade 8 for applicants who wish to pursue advanced performance with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama). Other qualification combinations will also be considered.
IB: 32 points, 6 in higher Music plus a recognised performance qualification
GCSE: English Language at grade C (or equivalent). More...

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

'A' Level

340 UCAS tariff points, including Music 'A' Level grade B. Applicants should also hold a recognised performance qualification. Typically met by achieving ABB/AAB and grade 7 in a practical music qualification (grade 8 for applicants who wish to pursue advanced performance with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama). Other qualification combinations will also be considered.

Please contact if you require further information.

GCSE pre-requisites

English Language at grade C (or equivalent)

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 7 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 the writing component and 5.5 in all other components.
TOEFL: 87 internet-based total.

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 this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
3 years

Course Content

City University London is a natural choice if you want to follow a cutting-edge music curriculum to a high level. In addition, we offer a ground-breaking approach to historical, contemporary and popular musicology, exploring music as an expression of our cultural and artistic inheritance.

You can choose from an extensive range of modules in cultural studies, performance, composition and applied music studies. Cultural studies modules embrace classical music (of various different musical periods), music in popular culture (film music and popular music) and world music studies.

The music degree offers you the chance to immerse yourself in every aspect of music at the highest possible level, whilst also equipping you for a wide range of future careers.

Course Structure

During the first year you 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 Final year

Investigating western music

Music in oral cultures

Materials of tonal music

Composition (double module)

Practical musicianship

Performance and/or Ensemble performance

Ensemble performance

Students choose seven elective modules in Western music, Music & popular culture, World music studies, Applied music studies, Composition, or Performance (see list below)

(Note: all performance offerings are double modules)







Major project/s (see below)

Ensemble performance

Students choose between four and six elective modules depending on their Major project choice/s (see list below)








Areas covered include:

Cultural studies

  • Explore the form, function and meaning of music in a diverse array of cultures: modules are offered in classical music from the medieval period to the present, a variety of non-Western cultures, popular music studies and film music


  • Take pathways in instrumental and vocal composition, studio-based composition, and composing for moving images
  • Take the opportunity to work on your compositions with professionals in composition masterclasses

Applied Studies

  • Experience vocationally-oriented musical disciplines taught by practitioners with real-world experience, including sound recording and production, music business studies and music therapy


  • Participate in a wide range of classical and world music ensembles
  • Perform in our new, high specification performance areas and at major venues such as LSO St Luke's and St John's, Smith Square
  • Take private lessons in collaboration with London's leading instrumental and vocal tutors (including teachers from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama).


Module descriptions

Ensemble performance (all years)

Year 1

Years 2 and Final year

Western music

Music in popular culture

World music studies

Applied music studies

Composition (Year 2 Electives) 

In the second year BMus students can choose to follow up to three pathways in composition:

Performance (years 2 and 3)

Major project (core module year 3)


*subject to change 


Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

Read the full Music Degree BMus programme specification

All City students follow a common course in the first year and choose from a large selection of elective modules in the second and third years. We offer a considerable amount of tuition in small groups and individually to maximise the amount of attention given to students and to enable them to tailor their work to their 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
  • (for solo performers) private and performance tuition
  • ensemble rehearsals and performances
  • studio-based composition/recording work
  • guided listening and reading
  • independent study and library research
  • oral presentations to seminar
  • 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.

Read the full Music Degree BMus programme specification

Study Abroad

There are 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.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


In your 2nd year you can take an elective work placement module. This gives you an opportunity to undertake a work placement in order to gain experience of a music-related work environment, to reflect on the skills and experiences you have acquired and to engage directly with your possible future career plans.

Recent students have undertaken placements at schools, arts centres, music festivals, theatres and publishing houses and in artistic management and music journalism.

Career Prospects

95 per cent of our BMus music degree graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing the course (UniStats, 2012), with two-thirds of those in professional or managerial roles.

The diversity of our educational offering, and our particular focus on employability skills, ensures that you are equipped to pursue a range of future careers, whether you work as a musician, in music-related fields or elsewhere.

Graduates include performers, composers, secondary-school music teachers, peripatetic instrumental/vocal teachers, music examiners, orchestral conductors, administrators, royalty-tracking consultants, music therapists, sound recording engineers and music technicians. Many pursue further study at postgraduate level.

Prepare yourself for the job market

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 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.

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

Read an interview with Gary Argent (City's Director of Careers & Skills Development Service) about how undergraduates can improve their job prospects in today's workplace.



UCAS code: W300