Music engages the senses and emotions like no other art form. It can persuade, celebrate and tell stories, bring together societies and change lives. Music crosses time and place, giving a fascinating glimpse into cultures and histories across the world. Study with us, and any of these aspects of the subject are yours to explore.
Our BMus is a flexible programme, covering key skills in music whilst also giving you the freedom to pursue your own interests.
We are proud to offer one of the most diverse music degree programmes in the UK. Our curriculum and our expertise spread across seven different areas: performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology, musical industries, and music technology. We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music.
Our students benefit from a host of music-making opportunities, including our orchestras, ensembles, bands and choirs, as well as our series of more than 100 concerts a year.
What's more, we are lucky to be located in one of the UK's most musical cities, with dozens of major venues ranging across all music genres, from City Hall and The Crucible to The Leadmill and the Foundry.
Varied work experience opportunities help our students to develop compelling CVs. Hands-on projects are integrated into several of our academic modules, and internships are available every year with the university's Concerts team. Our student-led volunteering organisation, Music in the City, creates fantastic opportunities leading music projects and workshops in local schools. The musical excellence, academic aptitude and personal skills that you develop on your course will make you highly prized by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university.
Ours is one of the most tailorable music degrees in the UK. Following a firm grounding across the breadth of our curriculum in first year, our students are free to range across our Seven Pathways according to their own musical strengths and passions. With the support of a personal tutor, you will take advantage of our impressive array of module choices, most of which are assessed through projects, performances and coursework.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.
You can spend the second year of our BMus programme at a university abroad. The University of Sheffield has exchange agreements in place with universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA for the Study Abroad programme.
Degree with Employment Experience
With the help of a dedicated Arts and Humanities Placements Officer, all students have the option of securing a year-long work placement and transferring onto a degree 'with Employment Experience'. A Placement Year usually sits in between the penultimate and final years of a degree course.
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Our typical entry requirements (from 2020-21 onwards) are:
Our typical entry requirements for 2019-20 can be found here.
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Disability and Support
We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.
Our students get involved in a host of music-making opportunities. The department ensembles include several auditioned orchestras and a chamber choir, which perform throughout the year and in some cases also tour. In addition, there are many student-led ensembles and performing societies. The university’s Concert Series totals around 100 events per year, and we are lucky to be located in one of the UK's most musical cities, with dozens of major venues ranging across all music genres.
Our student-led volunteering organisation, Music in the City, works in partnership with Sheffield Music Hub to create fantastic opportunities leading music projects and workshops in local schools. Further work experience opportunities are available with our Concerts team, and are integrated into modules within the Musical Industries pathway. The department also takes full advantage of several university-wide work experience schemes, including the Degree with Employment Experience.
The department’s social calendar is managed by the Music Society, including Christmas Cabaret, Open Mic Nights, and the annual Music Society Ball.