BMus Music

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.

Fast facts

  • UCAS code:  W302
  • Typical offer: A Levels AAB (from 2020-21 onwards).  2019-20 entry requirements can be found here.
    Other entry requirements
  • Duration: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time 
  • Award: BMus

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OrchestraWe 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.

LeadmillOur 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.

Year 1

Select 120 credits from the following options. (* = compulsory module for BMus.)

*History of Western Music (20 credits)
*Music of the World (20 credits)
*The Materials of Music (10 credits)
*Harmony and Counterpoint (10 credits)
*Electronic Music (10 credits)
Composition (20 credits)
Performance (20 credits)
Ensemble Participation (10 credits)
Folk Music Participation (10 credits)
Popular Music Studies (10 credits)
Introduction to Music Psychology (10 credits)

Up to 40 credits can be taken in other departments through the Interdisciplinary Programmes Office , or through Languages for All.

Years 2 and 3

Select 120 credits in each year.

Optional modules across our Seven Pathways are available to students in Years 2 and 3. These modules are taught on a two-year rotation, with the exception of the Pathway Modules which are offered every year. There is no requirement to stick to a particular pathway.

In Year 2 students must select at least 60 credits from the Pathway Modules, which develop deeper understanding of key methods and concepts in each pathway.

In Year 3 students must take one 40-credit Final Year Project module. Optionally, students can also take a second Final Year Project module at 20 or 40 credits.


  • Intermediate Performance (Pathway Module; 20 credits)
  • Practical Musicianship (20 credits)
  • Ensemble Performance Skills (20 credits)


  • Intermediate Composition (Pathway Module; 20 credits)
  • Orchestral Technique (20 credits)
  • Sound and Moving Image (20 credits)


  • Musicology: Analysis, Sources and Critique (Pathway Module; 20 credits)
  • Music in Renaissance Europe (20 credits)
  • Baroque Music (20 credits)
  • Mozart in Vienna, 1781-91 (20 credits)
  • The Broadway Musical (20 credits)

Music Psychology

  • Psychology of Music: Methods and Applications (Pathway Module; 20 credits)
  • Music and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Music Psychology in Everyday Life (20 credits)

Musical Industries

  • Music Promotions (Pathway Module; 20 credits)
  • Music Placements (20 credits)
  • Community, Music and Education (20 credits)+

Music Technology

  • Creative Applications of Music Technology (Pathway Module; 20 credits)
  • Sound Recording Practice (20 credits)


  • Ethnomusicology (Pathway Module; 20 credits).
  • Traditional Music in the Modern World (20 credits)
  • Topics in Popular Music (20 credits)
  • World Music Performance (20 credits)

Final Year Projects

  • Recital (20 or 40 credits)
  • Composition Folio (20 or 40 credits)
  • Dissertation (20 or 40 credits)
  • Special Project (20 or 40 credits)

Up to 20 credits in each year can be taken in other departments where available, including Languages for All. 

+Students taking this module must have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in place. 

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.

Study Abroad

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.

Watch the video to find out about Emily's experience of studying abroad. 


Our typical entry requirements (from 2020-21 onwards) are:

Our typical entry requirements for 2019-20 can be found here.

Qualification Grades
A Levels

AAB including Music and/or Music Technology
AAB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit

International Baccalaureate

33, 6 in Higher Level Music 
33 + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit

BTEC DDD in Music
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including Music
D3 M2 M2 + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB including Music
AAABB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including Music
B+AB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements

Applications are made through UCAS.

Applicants from the USA or Canada

If you are currently studying in the USA or Canada we can accept an application from you through the Common Application. However, if you are able to apply through UCAS we would encourage you to choose this route. You can only apply through either Common Application or UCAS, not both.

Please note that we are not able to consider Common Applications from students studying outside the USA or Canada.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact:

Tuition Fees

Disability and Support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

Student Experience

 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. 

PerformanceOur 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.

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