What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
in any subject and an A level at grade B
in a related subject
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers70%
Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.
Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses
Music at Brunel is ranked 9th in UK and 4th in London (The Guardian 2018) Music at Brunel is ranked 43rd in UK, 10th in London (The Complete University Guide 2018) Why choose Music? It’s likely your answer is something like ‘how could I choose anything else?’ Music has a way of binding itself to our lives, as our students and staff will testify. Music at Brunel is informed by the past, grounded in the present and focused on the future. Today’s music world offers many paths to explore, many chances to write, perform and work with music. There have never been so many opportunities for musicians with a deep understanding of their art. With the largest proportion of active music practitioners of any UK university or conservatoire, Brunel is the ideal place to develop your particular interests in contemporary music-making. Our staff include world-class musicians and you’ll gain real insight into how to develop your relationship and passion with music from a first love into a career. There are two innovative Music courses for you to choose from: Music BA Composition BMus Our excellent facilities include a computer suite fully equipped for sound design and notation. There are studios for individual work, individual practice rooms, larger spaces for group rehearsals and multiple performance spaces. Why study Music at Brunel? Our courses reflect the extraordinary dynamic, exciting and all-embracing time in music that exists today. You’ll get a thorough grounding in all the skills you need to explore and succeed in establishing your own unique musical profile and identity. We will work with you to develop your abilities, whether you want to be a performer, composer, music entrepreneur or songwriter. Our staff are successful composers and performers with teaching strengths in composition (acoustic and studio-based), performance, musicology and socio-critical musicology. You’ll work alongside famous contemporary innovators like musicologist Nicholas Attfield; composers John Croft, Jennifer Walshe and Colin Riley; ensemble music innovator and improvisation leader Peter Wiegold; jazz musician Frank Griffith; and electronic music and experimentalist Carl Faia. Both degree courses study the same modules in the first year. You can then follow your interests by choosing from a wide range of options in Years 2 and 3. Getting ready for work Each musician is unique and the presentation and technology skills you develop at Brunel attract employers across the board. We place you at the centre of your own learning, mentoring and supporting your ambition whether that’s setting up a music production company or a recording studio, or developing a career as a performer, composer, teacher or music therapist. Our students have performed at prestigious venues and festivals in the UK and abroad. They’ve released albums spanning many genres. Some are developing strong reputations as composers, performers and sound artists. You’ll find Brunel graduates at the Arts Council, Universal (Decca) and the English National Opera. Many continue to postgraduate study at universities or conservatoires. Some are teachers, technicians or work in arts administration, publishing, media and management careers. Music BA On this course you’ll focus on the academic study of music while remaining free to pursue composition, performance and music technology. You’ll develop your knowledge of Western music by studying song, contrapuntal forms, sonata form, the symphony, opera, music-theatre and film music. This leads to an in-depth study of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries in your third year. It introduces you to important methods of analysis, as well as ideas in aesthetics and the sociology of music. You’ll gain skills in writing about music and you can take practical modules in addition to the compulsory musicology strand.
Typical modules in year 1 Musicianship, Materials of Music, Musicology I: forms and structures, Sound Recording & Sonic Arts, Composition I, Performance I. Typical modules in year 2 Musicology II, Music & Perception, Instrumentation & Orchestration, Conducting & Realisation, Popular Music Studies, Stylistic Improvisation, Free Improvisation, Jazz and Pop arranging. Professional Development Choose Level 2 or 3 version accordingly. You cannot do both levels of a given title. Typical modules in year 3, Musicology III, Music and Perception, Instrumentation & Orchestration, Conducting & Realisation, Popular Music Studies, Stylistic Improvisation, Free Improvisation, Jazz & Pop arranging, Professional Development. Visit our website for full details.
Situated on the edge of London, Brunel University is a short journey from the vibrant capital, offering the perfect balance between cosmopolitan city living and a tight knit diverse community. The uni boasts well-known lecturers including Will Self, Benjamin Zephaniah and Fay Weldon. Brunel is home to world-class sports facilities, including one of the few 132m indoor sprint tracks in the country.
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