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Middlesex University

Music

UCAS Code: W301

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3 (45 merit or higher)

UCAS Tariff

104

plus any UK or overseas music related qualification at level 3 or above OR prior music experience

42%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music

Overview
Our degree, taught by dedicated tutors and supported by outstanding facilities, provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to thrive in the music industry and beyond.

Why study BA Music at Middlesex University?
You want to be a qualified, confident musician, able to hold your head high in the global, professional world of music making. You want to build experience as an informed performer, composer, music producer, music director or all of these, working in a specific field. Middlesex University is among the top six universities in the UK for graduate salaries.

You want to be as comfortable and adept in the recording studio, as conducting or performing with orchestral players from manuscript. You want to meet professionals and learn from them. You want to share their contacts and continuously refine your musical skills to bring yourself a unique and competitive edge. You want to learn to produce and mix music freely, without restrictions. You want to find out about the different ways in which the music world works, so as to establish ways to survive comfortably, whilst doing what you enjoy most.

The most successful practitioners are often those who have, for exactly the right reasons, decided to undergo a formal musical training, even if they feel they might be late starters. Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow, Michael Giacchino (composer for The Incredibles), Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Elton John, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), George Martin (The Beatles), Thomas Newman and Jocelyn Pook (film composers) were all classically trained. We want to help you to find yourself.

Course highlights

You will be based in The Grove, an £80 million state-of-the-art learning facility, where you will work with dedicated Music staff of national and international standing
A weekly Concerts and Colloquia series, inviting guest speakers to speak at the University
Unique opportunities to collaborate musically with undergraduate students working in the fields of dance, theatre, animation, film and computer graphics
Honorary Professor: Daniel Miller (Mute Records)
Regular chamber ensemble workshops, orchestral workshop and the university choir
The possibility of studying abroad for six months to one year
Cut-price (often free) access to London music events.

Modules

Year 1:
Concepts in Music History (30 credits) - Compulsory
Harmony and Musicianship (30 credits) - Compulsory
Music Technology and Production (30 credits) - Compulsory
Performance and Composition Projects (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 2:
Musical Styles and Techniques (30 credits) - Compulsory
Music and Culture (30 credits) - Compulsory
Music Journalism (30 credits) - Compulsory
Collaborative Performance and Composition 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Interactive Technology and Sound Art (30 credits) - Optional
Analysing Music and Media (30 credits) - Optional
Year 3:
Music for Dance and Theatre (30 credits) - Compulsory
Independent Project (30 credits) - Compulsory
Collaborative Performance and Composition 2 (30 credits) - Optional
Music for Film, Animation and Television (30 credits) - Compulsory
Contemporary Music Studies (30 credits) - Compulsory
Community Arts and Music Education (30 credits) - Optional

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hendon Campus

Department:

Performing Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
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Music

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

52%
UK students
48%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
B

After graduation


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Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
86%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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