Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code W302
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Music

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Department of Music
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Department of Music

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

Course description

Our BMus is one of the most flexible and diverse music degrees in the UK. Our curriculum and expertise span 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 BMus gives you the freedom to follow your own interests. With the support of a personal tutor, you'll choose from an impressive array of modules. The course will develop your skills as a musician and a music researcher. You'll write an original research-led dissertation, give a full-length recital and, in your final year, create a composition portfolio.

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

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. You'll also be expected to carry out independent study, assignments and instrument practice.

You can focus on a subject within your degree that you're passionate about by choosing a project module in the final year. This might involve staging an exhibition or a performance.

Every student within the first year of study receives 18 hours a year of individual tuition from our team of expert instrumental and vocal tutors.

BA Music Education degree

This four-year course includes a year-long industry placement. It's designed and taught in collaboration with one of the UK's top music education providers, and prepares you for a career in music education.

Our music department arranges a limited number of placements, several of them with Sheffield Music Hub. These are assigned competitively by interview during your first semester at Sheffield. You can also secure your own placement.

It's not possible to apply directly to the BA Music Education. Instead, you apply for our BMus Music degree, and then transfer onto the BA Music Education at the end of your first year, once you've secured a department-approved placement, and achieved an average 2:1 in your first-semester modules. You must also have undergone a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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 AAB, including Music and/or Music Technology or AAB + Grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB, including Music and/or Music Technology + B.
International Baccalaureate 34, 5 in Higher Level Music or 34 + Grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
BTEC DDD in Music
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2, including Music or D3 D3 M2 + Grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Scottish Highers AAAAB, including Music or AAAAB + Grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA, including Music or B + AA + 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
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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 music department for research excellence in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014
- 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

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.

Instrumental lessons are available to all students in the first year of our degree, and continue throughout for those who take assessed performance.

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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