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Music

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

120-112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

UCAS Tariff

120-112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications alongside evidence of prior Music or Music Technology experience (which could be offered either through formal qualifications or a portfolio of creative work). ?

You may also need to…

Perform an audition

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Music

Our Music degree will allow you to develop a wide range of creative abilities, whilst deepening your understanding of music and how it works. You’ll be able to explore different styles, genres and traditions, develop as a performer, and create your own music. You'll choose from a range of modules on subjects like popular music, experimental music, film and stage music, world music, music analysis, and early music, and can choose to keep your music studies broad or to specialise as a composer, musicologist or performer.

Why study Music at Huddersfield?
* You’ll study in state-of-the-art professional standard facilities, with access to a range of rehearsal spaces, industry-standard recording studios, two dedicated concert halls, and a large selection of equipment and instruments for you to use.

* You’ll work with experienced tutors, internationally recognised researchers, and visiting industry professionals, including our team of leading instrumental and vocal teachers.

* QS World University Subject Rankings 2021 ranked the University of Huddersfield 8th in the UK for 'Performing Arts' (https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2021/performing-arts), and we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for our ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience' (https://www.hud.ac.uk/about/our-awards/official-honours/).

* You'll be able to explore the latest new music in the annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (https://hcmf.co.uk/) and our label-defying Electric Spring Festival.

* You’ll be encouraged to get involved in large and small ensembles, choirs and bands, including orchestra, symphonic wind orchestra, brass band, various classical and pop choirs, big band, funk, soul, folk and reggae groups, and a huge array of originals bands.

Professional links and accreditation:
The University of Huddersfield are corporate members of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) (https://www.ism.org/), the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music.

Studying Music at Huddersfield provides numerous opportunities for you to develop the professional skills and connections that will help you succeed in the field as a graduate. Every aspect of our courses - performance, composition, musicology, education, and arts administration - includes significant opportunities to work alongside leading music professionals in workshops, masterclasses, rehearsals and in a working environment.

Scholarships and bursaries:
For more information about our Music scholarships see our website - https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/music-scholarships/

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Performance Skills 1
Introduction to Music Research
Introduction to Analysis
Composition 1

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include:
Technology for Music
Desktop Music Production 1

Plus one from a list which may include:
Solo Performance 1
Stylistic Composition
Songwriting 1

Year 2
Option modules:
Choose at least two from a list which may include:
Scoring the Silver Screen: The Musicology of Film and Television
Music On Stage: Opera and Musical Theatre from Orfeo to Matilda (Year 2)
Singers and their Songs: Music, text and Performance Before 1600 (Year 2)
Popular Music Studies
Historical Performance (Year 2)
Experimental Music (Year 2)
Music In Vienna 1770-1830 (Year 2)
Explorations in World Musics (Year 2)
Empirical Musicologies: Data-Driven Approaches to Musical Study (Year 2)

Plus choose up to four from a list which may include-
Composition 2
Techniques of Music Analysis (Year 2)
Desktop Music Production 2
Solo Performance 2
Performance Skills 2 (Major)
Performance Skills 2
Scoring and Arranging for Brass Band and Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Orchestration (Year 2)
Intermediate Composition
Music in Educational Contexts

Year 3 - optional placement year
Placement Year

Final year
Core modules:
Applied Music Research: Investigating Culture and Creativity
Work and Professional Practice in Music

Option modules:
Choose up to four from a list which may include:
Final Year Project
Music On Stage: Opera and Musical Theatre from Orfeo to Matilda 2
Singers and their Songs: Music, text and Performance Before 1600 (Final Year)
Advanced Composition
Music in the 21st Century
Composition Practice
Music, Gender and Identity
Experimental Music (Final Year)
Techniques of Music Analysis (Final Year)
Explorations in World Musics (Final Year)
Solo Performance 3
Studies in Performance
Performance Skills 3 (Major)
Performance Skills 3
Orchestration (Final Year)
Music in Vienna 1770-1830 (Final Year)
Historical Performance (Final Year)
Composing Music for Film and Videogames B
Empirical Musicologies: Data-Driven Approaches to Musical Study (Final Year)

Assessment methods

Assessment of this course takes various forms including written and oral examinations, dissertations, essays, seminar papers, analyses, practical projects, composition folios, performance recitals, learning journals and peer assessment.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of History English Linguistics and Music (ADHELIM)

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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.

71%
med
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

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
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

82%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
44%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

Performing arts

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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