Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code W302
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Music

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

Department of Music

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

4th in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction
National Student Survey 2019

Course description

Our music degree has a huge range of choice. We have experts in music from the Renaissance to Björk, and from music technology to music education. We embrace music from across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, so you can study what interests you the most.

We'll encourage you to develop your skills as an independent musician and music researcher. Your first year core modules will support your transition from school to university. In your second year you'll get the chance to develop deeper skills in the areas that interest you the most.

Instrumental lessons are available in your first year and throughout the rest of your degree if you choose to take assessed performance modules.

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to do a special project, taught over a full academic year in group sessions and regular tutorials. Previous projects have seen students staging an exhibition, creating an album or delivering a performance. It'll give you the opportunity to focus on a subject within your degree that you're passionate about.

Our teaching ranges from academic to hands-on. You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive classes and tutorials, and you'll be expected to carry out independent study, assignments and instrument practice.

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

There are opportunities to study abroad for a semester or a year, or you can study our courses with the Degree with Employment Experience option. This allows you to apply for a placement year during your degree where you'll gain valuable experience and improve your employability.

BA Music Education degree
Students can opt to transfer to our BA Music Education degree during their first year. This programme offers an outstanding preparation for a career in music education. The four-year course involves a year-long industry placement and specialist modules within the School of Education.

It isn't 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 during 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) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, including Music and/or Music Technology + B in a relevant EPQ or ABB + Grade 8 Practical (AMRSM/Trinity/Rockshool) + Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM/Trinity). ABB, including Music/Music Techonolgy + Grade 7 or 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Pass or above
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
Scottish Highers AAAAB + Grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B, including Music
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA, including Music, or B + AA + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
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 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 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

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive classes, and tutorials. Students on a solo performance modules will receive individual instrumental tuition. Further learning will take place through your independent study, practice and rehearsals. A few of our modules include formal exams, but the majority of your assessment is through coursework (essays, journals, compositions, recordings) and assessed performances. 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

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. Specially designed for music study, our £8.5m facilities provide the ideal environment for our diverse and cutting-edge teaching and research.

The Jessop Building houses study and rehearsal rooms, with dedicated specialist spaces including our historical instruments collection, ethnomusicology space and collection, music psychology lab and music technology lab. The Soundhouse is our purpose-built facility for instrumental lessons, practice, small-scale rehearsals and sound recording, and houses the internationally-renowned University of Sheffield Sound Studios for recording and electroacoustic composition.

We're ranked fourth in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction according to the 2019 National Student Survey.

Department of Music website

What our graduates do

The musical excellence and academic aptitude you develop on your course will make you highly valued by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university. You'll also develop valuable transferable skills such as time management, critical thinking and interpersonal communication.

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 while the Careers Service can help you find placements. 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 conducting to administration and education. Sheffield music graduates have also forged successful careers in other fields, from audio programming to marketing and management.

Graduate job roles include: artist management, audio programming, composition, concerts coordination, instrument repair, marketing and communications, music research, music promotion, music therapy, orchestral management, professional performance, publishing, sound engineering, teaching.

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

We’re proud to offer one of the most diverse music degree programmes in the UK. Our curriculum offers seven areas of musical study giving you the freedom to specialise in any one of these or combine them: performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology, musical industries, and music technology. From Broadway to Mozart, we cover it all.

Sheffield is celebrated as one of the UK’s leading music cities, with dozens of major venues from the City Hall and Crucible to the Leadmill and the Foundry, covering all music genres. This brings with it a host of opportunities for our students to get involved in professional music-making of the highest quality. Opportunities include taking part in the University Concerts Series, which usually features around 100 performances a year. You could write for our New Music Ensemble or audition to conduct or play a concerto with our Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Our University of Sheffield Sound Studios offer regular opportunities to use music technology to create electroacoustic compositions and our Wind Orchestra and Chamber Choir normally go on an annual tour.

Music in the City is our student-led committee which aims to bring music to new audiences in the local community. For example, students have organised and delivered workshops to local primary schools and care homes.

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