Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code W302
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Music

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Alison York
Department of Music
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0488

Department of Music

92% satisfied with their course
National Student Survey 2016

Top 10 Music department for research excellence in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

BMus is a flexible programme, covering key skills in music whilst also giving you the freedom to pursue your own interests.

Our rigorous curriculum is exceptionally diverse, covering psychological and anthropological approaches to the study of music, alongside performance, composition and musicology.

We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music. Our teaching ranges from the very academic to the very hands on.

You'll study in a combination of lectures and seminars with interactive classes and tutorials. In your first year you'll usually have 214 hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials and rehearsals and be expected to undertake around 1,000 hours of independent study, assignments and instrument practice.

Typically, if you are on the performance pathways, you will receive 18 hours a year of individual tuition from our team of expert instrumental and vocal tutors.

A few of our modules include formal exams, but the majority of our assessment is through coursework of various kinds (e.g. essays, journals, compositions, recordings) and through assessed performances.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB including Music and/or Music Technology or ABB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including Music and/or Music Technology + B
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in Higher Level Music or 33 + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
BTEC DDD in Music
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including Music or D3 M2 M2 + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Scottish Highers AAABB including Music or AAABB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including Music or B+AB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) 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
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 12%
Independent study 88%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 7%
Coursework 66%
Practical 27%

Department of Music

The Soundhouse

- Top 10 for research excellence in music in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
- More than 100 concerts every year
- A wealth of extra-curricular opportunities

Our departmental ethos combines high achievement with a sense of community and a shared passion for music. Our internationally recognised research informs our high quality teaching and our student experience is second to none. We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music.

Department of Music website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are well equipped for life after university as composers, performers, teachers, administrators, music therapists and broadcasters. They become experts in negotiating sound and people. They're independent, creative thinkers with good analytical and interpersonal skills. This combination makes them attractive to a variety of employers.

Employers include Royal College of Music, Yamaha Academy of Arts and Music, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Welsh National Opera.

Student profile

Music - Simon Stewart

"There is scope with the modules to focus on music performance, composition, history and technology. The practice rooms and equipment are fantastic."

Simon Stewart ,

Most people choose a music degree because they really love making music. At Sheffield there are many opportunities to get involved in music-making, from our orchestras, ensembles, bands and choirs, to our series of more than 100 concerts a year.

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Alison York
Department of Music
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0488

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