Music

Our courses offer a unique combination of approaches to composition and performance, the history and psychology of music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music, music education, music technology and the music business.

A music degree from Sheffield offers you the opportunity to build on your existing skills and achievements in music with core modules in musicianship, music history, world music and music technology. With an ensemble in residence and a full concert season, the department makes a significant contribution to Sheffield’s cultural life, promoting around 60 concerts a year.

Our graduates are well equipped for life after university as composers, performers, teachers, administrators, music therapists and broadcasters. Many use their skills in music, technology and science to enter the rapidly growing music business. They are independent, creative thinkers with good analytical and interpersonal skills. This combination makes them attractive to a wide variety of employers.

Students take 120 credits each year. Modules listed below are 20 credits, unless otherwise indicated.

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules

Year 1

A minimum of 40 and a maximum of 80 credits from:

10 credit modules:

Popular Music Studies
Electronic Music: Technologies and Techniques
Introduction to Music Psychology
Ensemble Participation
The Materials of Music
Harmony and Counterpoint
Folk Music Participation

20 credit modules:
History of Western Music
Music of the World
Composition
Performance

Year 2

 

40-80 credits from:

Practical Musicianship
Intermediate Performance*
Intermediate Composition
Orchestral Techniques
Ethnomusicology
Music in Renaissance Europe
Topics in Popular Music
Music Promotions
Creative Applications of Music Technology
Psychology of Music: Methods and Applications
Music and Wellbeing
World Music Performance
Traditional Music in the Modern World

Year 3 (Final Year)

At least one from:

20 credit modules:

Dissertation
Portfolio of Compositions
Prepared Instrumental/Vocal Recital
Special Project

40 credit modules:

Extended Dissertation
Extended Portfolio of Compositions
Extended Prepared Instrumental/Vocal Recital
Extended Special Project

Philosophy, English, Hispanic Studies, Russian, French and German students may take further modules from the list below to make a minimum total of 40 and a maximum total of 80 credits:

Musicology
Psychology of Music: Methods and Applications
Topics in Popular Music
Practical Musicianship
Music and Wellbeing
World Music Performance
Orchestral Technique
Ethnomusicology
Creative Applications of Music Technology
Intermediate Composition
Mozart in Vienna, 1781-1791
Traditional Music in the Modern World
Music Promotions
Music in Renaissance Europe

This information refers to 2019 entry. Please contact us for details of our provision for 2018 entry. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, but the University can accept no responsibilities for any errors. University programmes of study are continually reviewed and revised and there may be some changes between this document and the provision at the time the student embarks on the programme of study. The University reserves the right to discontinue programmes of study and to amend programmes of study whenever it sees fit. This is an indicative list of modules. Timetable and other restrictions may prevent students from pursuing a particular combination of modules.