1. 2016 Entry

Music  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.


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 course offers exciting new perspectives on music and its relationships with culture, technology and society.

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Why study at City?

  • In the 2014 National Student Survey 93 per cent of our students told us they were satisfied with their Music programme overall.
  • As a BMus (Hons) Music student you will develop your existing musical interests and explore new ones through an extensive range of performance opportunities and elective modules spanning Western classical music, music in popular culture, world music studies, composition and music professions.
  • The BMus course is delivered by academics who are internationally recognised as specialists in their fields in our central London location.
  • Students studying solo performance receive 20 hours of individual instrumental or vocal tuition per year from leading professional musicians.

Skype Chats for International Students

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

Entry Requirements:

'A'Level:Typical offer in the region of AAB or ABB and at least a pass at Grade 8 in a practical music qualification.

IB: 32 points, 6 in higher Music plus a recognised performance qualification.

GCSE:English Language at grade C (or equivalent).


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

'A'Level: Typical offer in the region of AAB or ABB and at least a pass at Grade 8 in a practical music qualification.
IB: 32 points, 6 in higher Music plus a recognised performance qualification.
GCSE: 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 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.

International Foundation in Music at INTO

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. The Foundation is designed to enhance your musical expertise and prepare you for direct entry to the first year of the BMus (Hons) Music.

Benefits of the International Foundation programme:

  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • Access to City University London support and facilities
  • Multiple start dates.

Apply via the INTO course page

English Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing component and 5.5 in all other components.

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.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
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 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 one            Year twoYear three

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 classical music
  • Music & popular culture
  • World music studies
  • Applied music studies
  • Composition
  • 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.
  • Hear your compositions "workshopped", performed and recorded by professional ensembles.
  • Listen to visiting professional composers talk about their work in the undergraduate composition forum.

Applied Studies

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


  • Participate in a wide range of classical, jazz and world music ensembles.
  • Perform in our professional performance venue and at major venues across London.
  • Take private instrumental or vocal lessons (classical or jazz) with leading professional musicians.
  • Participate in regular performance masterclasses and group workshops led by experts in their field.


Module descriptions

Ensemble performance (all years)

Year one

Year two and three

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

Teaching and Assessment

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.

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 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,500 per year


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


In your second year of the BMus Music degree 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.

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 Opportunities

Students who perform well in their first year of the BMus degree 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

Career Prospects

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.

BMus Music 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
  • 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 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.

How the University helps you to prepare for the job market

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

Applications for degree courses must be made through 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.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
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Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468

For callers with hearing difficulties:

  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options.

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

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between September 2015 and January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 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, please contact City University London's Admissions Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8716/0223

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, you should contact the admissions tutor for that course (please see the course description for contact details).