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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Undergraduate admissions team
Department of Music
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0488
Email music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/music/undergraduates

Department of Music

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 12%
Independent study 88%
Placement 0%

Assessment
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
- 100 concerts and musical events every year

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

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. Our £8.5 million facilities provide the ideal home for some of the UK's most diverse and cutting-edge music research and teaching.

- The Jessop Building houses specialist study and rehearsal rooms, dedicated spaces for world music and Western historical performance, and music psychology labs.
- The Soundhouse is our purpose-built facility for instrumental lessons, practice, small-scale rehearsals and sound recording, and includes four studios.

Department of Music website

What our graduates do

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.

There are lots of opportunities to get work experience. Hands-on projects are integrated into several academic modules and every year our Concerts team provides internships. Or you can lead a music project or workshop in a local school through our student-led volunteering organisation Music in the City. All of these experiences will help you build a compelling CV.

Our graduates work with prestigious orchestras and music institutions within the UK and globally, in roles ranging from performing and conduction to administration and education. Sheffield music graduates have also forged successful careers within a range of other fields, from audio programming to marketing and management.

Recent graduates have secured exciting jobs with the Royal Opera House, the City of Birmingham Symphony Opera, the Wigmore Hall and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other employers.

Student profile


"The department of music is a really welcoming, inspiring place to study. What I study is incredibly diverse. I've just returned from a year in Brussels to complete my final year."

Emily Compton
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're lucky to be located in one of the UK's most musical cities, with dozens of major venues covering all music genres, from City Hall and The Crucible to The Leadmill and the Foundry. Our close relationship with international chamber series Music in the Round brings additional benefits for our students, ranging from free tickets to work experience.

Our student-led volunteering organisation Music in the City works closely with Sheffield Music Hub to create fantastic opportunities for students to lead music projects and workshops in local schools. Some of our students take a year-long industry placement to achieve a BMus with Employment Experience, or spend a year of their degree studying overseas through the Study Abroad programme.

See the music department's website for more on music making opportunities at Sheffield.

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Undergraduate admissions team
Department of Music
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0488
Email music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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University open days
There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

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Applicant open days
If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant open days, which take place between November and April. These open days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

Campus tours
Campus tours run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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