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University of Manchester

Music

UCAS Code: W302

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music

Our MusB is a dynamic, well-established and highly regarded three-year course which admits students of a high calibre, with graduates who go on to work in the music profession, the creative industries and beyond. Based in the prestigious and welcoming Music Department , our MusB course offers excellence in Performance , Composition and Musicology , incorporating specialisms in Music Theory & Analysis and Ethnomusicology.

Underpinned by our excellence in research, regular updates in the course content reflect the latest findings in music scholarship. With a range of course units to choose from (see the lists below), the MusB is diverse and flexible, enabling you to build upon existing interests while allowing you the room to discover new forms and traditions of music and new ways of understanding, performing and creating music. The MusB can also be studied in full as part of the renowned ` Joint Course ', a demanding four-year course run in collaboration with the RNCM.

With this mix of academic and practical experience, you will be taught by internationally recognised academics and a roster of professional instrumental and vocal tutors, drawn from Manchester and the north-west. Our teaching and music-making takes place in the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama. You will rehearse, take master classes and perform in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and can get your hands on the latest digital-audio technology in the award-winning NOVARS studios for electroacoustic music and interactive media.

You will also benefit musically, academically and socially from the extensive music-making and management opportunities provided by the Music Society and the 100+ concerts and events that the department sponsors each year. And this is to say nothing of the diversity of music to be experienced in cosmopolitan Manchester, a global city for the performing arts with a rich heritage of professional and amateur music-making.

**The course aims to:**
- Enable you to engage in the advanced study of musical performance, musical composition, musicology, ethnomusicology and music analysis within a research-rich and musically lively environment.

- Provide opportunities for you to develop specialized and high-level skills in the sub-disciplines of musical performance, musical composition, musicology, ethnomusicology and music analysis.

- Stimulate your curiosity and enthusiasm to study music in its practical, creative and intellectual contexts, and to explore the inherent interconnections between these three facets of the discipline.

- Enable you to investigate the innate interdisciplinarity of music by exploring the broader social, cultural, aesthetic and scientific contexts in which it is created, heard and received.

- Enable you both to develop your strengths and specialisms, and to explore new aspects of the discipline by allowing the maximum possible flexibility and choice of course-units within the programme.

- Facilitate the development of your creative imagination and skills of critical self-awareness.

- Enable you to develop skills in interpreting, synthesizing and critically evaluating information.

- Encourage the use of technology as applicable to the study of music as a creative art.

- Prepare you for the successful development of careers - both within and outside the field of music - that involve critical judgement, creative problem-solving, teamwork and well-developed communication skills.

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

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Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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
98%
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Employed or in further education
76%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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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