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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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.
and a large number of schools, colleges and community music organisations.
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’.
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.
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.
We offer a free language course for City University London students.
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:
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.
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.
Students choose seven elective modules in:
(Note: all performance offerings are double modules)
*Note that some electives may not be offered in some years.
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:
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.
Information taken from Unistats