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University of Edinburgh

Music

UCAS Code: W302

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Required subjects: A Level: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38-34

Award of Diploma with 38 points (grades 666 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL). Required subjects: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at grade 5.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B-A,A,A,B

These grades must be achieved by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5: English at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

48%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music

Music is an incredibly rich and diverse subject. It is a creative and aesthetic practice, a social and cultural phenomenon, and can be studied as a scientific object. Our BMus programme embraces this disciplinary breadth. Initially, you will develop your creative musicianship skills and acquire the tools to engage critically with a variety of musical repertoires and media.

You will also study how music is shaped by and shapes the social, cultural, historical, and political environments in which it is produced, and you will be introduced to the psychology of music and its potential therapeutic effects.

The BMus programme is flexible and welcomes students from different backgrounds and musical experiences. It is designed so that you can tailor a pathway that bests suits your musical interests and strengths.

Your pathway could focus on the cultural, sociological, and historical contexts of music. You could specialise in composition and/or performance. You could choose to focus your studies entirely on music or you could select up to a half of your courses in each of Years 1 and 2, and a third of your courses in Years 3 and 4 from subjects outside of music.

Students taking performance receive an annual bursary for instrumental tuition.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£27,550
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

Edinburgh College of Art

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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.

64%
low
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

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
57%
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

81%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
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.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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