Department of Music
You are viewing this course for 2021-22 entry. 2022-23 entry is also available.
We're proud to offer a diverse and specialist music degree programme. Our curriculum offers seven areas of musical study giving you the freedom to specialise in performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology, musical industries, and/or music technology.
We embrace all music genres (classical, folk, pop, rock, jazz) and world 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.
In the first year, you’ll receive a thorough grounding in the skills and knowledge required to become a successful musician. You’ll learn to listen, perform, think and write critically about music of multiple genres, delve into the histories and cultural contexts of both Western classical and world music, and have the chance to receive compositional training in both instrumental and music technology software.
In your second year you'll broaden your skillset and develop specialisms within our seven areas of study, gaining leadership and analytical skills to help establish your creative voice.
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 will help establish a portfolio of work for your future career.
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.
BMus Music with employment experience
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.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.
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UCAS code: W302
Years: 2021, 2022
You'll have the option to choose modules in other departments through guided module choice, which includes languages for all modules.
- History of Western Music
This module considers key moments in the history of Western music from the 1500s to the present day. Taking individual composers and works, it aims to introduce students to different approaches to the study of music history, the development of particular musical genres, and the impact of cultural, historical and geographical context on composers. In addition, the module will consider ways of writing about music, and the use of primary and secondary sources for informing critical discussions of the subject.20 credits
- Music of the World
As a foundation for more specialised studies in particular forms of music, this module introduces you to the study of music as a phenomenon common to all humanity, and cultivates your awareness of the many different things that music can be to people in different times and places. You’ll develop a broad familiarity with a variety of musical styles and genres from around the world, acquiring both knowledge of music (the sounds and styles of the music itself) and knowledge about music (the social and cultural contexts in which the music functions). You’ll also develop skills in recognising features of musical sound organisation, representing them visually and describing them in words.20 credits
- Tonal Music Analysis and Criticism
In this module you'll address the core skills of listening to, analysing, and writing critically about Western Classical music. With a focus on eighteenth-century “common practice” tonality, you will study harmony, counterpoint, melody, texture and form in preparation for analysing short pieces, and will learn to write about the music you hear as well as the notes you see on the page. Your work will also prepare you for future music modules.10 credits
- Exploring Tonal Style
This module builds core skills of hearing, describing and using tonal procedures in a range of Western musical styles. It extends MUS133 Tonal Music Analysis and Criticism by moving on from classical “common practice” to explore styles that use tonality in different ways. We’ll explore styles like Medieval and Renaissance music, jazz and rock. You’ll produce analyses from written scores and recordings, and write examples and exercises in the appropriate styles. You’ll develop musicianship skills that prepare you for composition, analysis and performance work in subsequent years.10 credits
- Technologies for Music
Whatever your musical interests, you cannot avoid music technologies - they are central to how we listen to, enjoy and study music. This module introduces you to several important and useful music technologies that will help you throughout your future studies. You will start by learning the essential principles of those technologies, before learning how they work in practice. By the end of the module, you will be versed in the basics of digital audio, sound recording, wave-editing, audio and MIDI, sound effects and plugins, file types and formats.10 credits
In this module you will develop your composition skills, practice writing music in staff notation, and learn to write effectively for different instrumental and vocal forces. Drawing on the models of a diverse range of classical composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, we will focus on techniques for writing inventive melodies and rhythms, and employing wide-ranging approaches to harmony. The module aims to give you a foundation in composition and increase your confidence in preparation for further study.20 credits
In this module you will develop the musical and intellectual abilities appropriate to solo performance. The theoretical background is considered, focusing on the aural and analytical skills essential to performance at an advanced level. An awareness of style and interpretation, as well as effective preparation and communication are built into teaching. You will receive one to one tuition in addition to attending whole class performance lectures.20 credits
- Folk Music Participation
This module is based upon participation in and preparation for folk sessions hosted by the Department of Music. Through intensive preparation of challenging repertoire, as well as the skills to enable improvised participation, you will develop your understanding of the demands and pleasures of session practice, and your knowledge of the repertoires concerned (British folk traditions), and be encouraged to reflect upon the roles and responsibilities of individual participants within the group. You will also be required to attend a professional ensemble concert or concerts within the university concert series, or an equivalent online event.10 credits
- Composing Electronic Music
The lectures on this module introduce you to various forms of electronic music composition. Through creative practice, key principles of composition with technology are introduced and a number of broad genres are set in a historical and analytical context. A diverse range of software tools are used, further enhancing your digital skills. You will learn how to process and develop a range of recorded and synthetic sound material, before considering some of the various ways in which those materials may be used to compose electronic pieces. After making a number of short etudes throughout the first half of the module, you select one area in which to complete your own original work.10 credits
- Popular Music Studies
This module provides an introduction to the academic study of popular music. You will explore the various definitions of 'popular music' in relation to their socio-cultural context, and investigate some of the major issues and debates of popular music studies. Lecture materials and in-class tasks will engage with approaches to the analysis of popular music and media, issues of representation, and the relationship between popular musicians and their audiences. Assessments involve critical engagement with the themes of the module in relation to a popular music artist or piece of your choosing.10 credits
- Music Psychology
In this module you will engage with some of the most provocative questions about musical thought and behaviour: What are the characteristics of the musical mind? Why do we feel emotions when listening to or performing music? How does music and music therapy influence our health and wellbeing? Can music make you smarter? The module is designed such that no prior formal musical or psychological training is necessary. You will develop knowledge of the scientific methods used to study music from a psychological perspective, and how findings can inform applications in education, healthcare, and the creative industries.10 credits
Optional modules across our seven areas of expertise are available to students in Years 2 and 3. These modules are taught on a two-year rotation, with the exception of Intermediate Performance, Intermediate Composition and Creative Applications of Music Technology which run every year. This means you get a different list of options in Year 2 vs Year 3.
In Year 3 BMus students must take one 40-credit Final Year Project module. Students on dual programmes must take at least 20 credits from among the Final Year Project modules. Optionally, students can also take a second Final Year Project module at 20 or 40 credits.
You'll have the option to choose modules in other departments through guided module choice, which includes Languages for All modules.
- Intermediate Performance
This module will introduce you to performance practice and techniques related to performance at an intermediate level. It will act as preparation for advanced performance in Year 3 Recitals, and builds on the foundation work completed as part of Performance in Year 1. You will take individual instrumental/vocal lessons, which will run alongside workshop-based lectures throughout the academic year.20 credits
- Practical Musicianship: Improvisation
This module will introduce students to skills and techniques related to practical musicianship. By learning skills such as ensemble direction, improvisation, sight reading, reading in different clefs, transposition at sight and realising a graphic score, students will learn how to become more flexible as performers.20 credits
- Ensemble Performance
This module will enable students with appropriate instrumental or vocal skills to develop ensemble playing, and will present students with the opportunity to interact with other musicians in a supervised situation. Ensembles will be formed according to available student resources, and an appropriate wide-ranging repertoire chosen for study. Particular attention will be paid to ensemble considerations, though technical matters and the development of stylistic awareness will also form an important part of the course.20 credits
- World Music Performance
In this module you’ll acquire a practice-based understanding of one world music tradition (selected in advance by the course tutor), improving your musical performance skills and experiencing first-hand the modes of transmission that are part of the tradition. Through performance-based seminars, you will learn to play and/or sing in the style offered, backing up that experience with theoretical knowledge derived from ethnomusicological literature. Your learning will also be supported by a writing-based project, supported by seminars/tutorials as appropriate, resulting in a Learning Journal documenting and reflecting on the learning experience.20 credits
- Intermediate Composition
This module follows on from Composition in Year 1 to support the development of your compositional practice. You will study more advanced techniques of 20th and 21st Century classical music and develop strategies for making longer pieces. You’ll write for small ensembles and soloists, including collaboration with advanced performers taking the MA Performance Studies, and you will have opportunities to get your work played in concerts. This work will prepare you for other composition-related modules, including Portfolio of Compositions and Special Project in Year 3.20 credits
- Orchestral Technique
This module covers the essential knowledge and skills for scoring music for symphony orchestra, as well as for smaller groupings of orchestral instruments. The module equips you for arranging and writing music for ensembles you might find yourself working with in the future, as a player, composer, conductor or teacher. The Orchestral Technique module is appropriate for all music students, but is particularly important for those specialising in composition. It will give you relevant knowledge of instruments, repertoire and techniques, and also provide the background training you will need for composing for media and film, and for live performance.20 credits
- Sound and Moving Image
This module gives you the opportunity to compose sound and music for film and other visual media, and position sound and music within the filmmaking process. Using a variety of software, you will be responsible for the entire project from the ideas stage through to the creation of all audio materials. A diverse range of existing movies, audiovisual works and relevant literature will be studied, and you will be expected to use these to inform your own work.20 credits
Musicology and Ethnomusicology:
- Music in Renaissance Europe
This module will introduce you to European musical cultures in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and the research methods through which they are discovered and studied. You’ll investigate the roles played by music in the everyday life of street and home, as well as in religion and politics. The module links music to some of the big critical themes in the European history of the period, including Europe’s expanding international horizons through trade and colonialism, the dramatic increase in the circulation of books thanks to new printing technology, and conflict both within and between religious faiths.20 credits
- Baroque Music
Public knowledge of baroque music today is shaped by the dominance of a ‘canon’ of music considered authoritative or ‘great’, which for ideological and historical reasons is dominated by white European male composers. This module sets out to help change that. You’ll work as a team, with clearly defined roles, to produce a critical edition-with-commentary of music created using staff notation between c.1600-1750 by a musician who was NOT a white European man, which is obscure or completely unknown in the present day. Optionally, the group may also choose to record historically-informed performances of some or all of the music included in their edition. The materials produced will ultimately be made publicly available online.20 credits
- Mozart in Vienna, 1781-1791
In this module, you will examine Mozart's career as performer and composer in Vienna (1781-91), looking at the environments and circumstances in which he worked and the aesthetic contexts in which he thrived. Topics will include: the circumstances that led Mozart to move from Salzburg to Vienna in 1781; his career as a performer; aesthetic, historical and contextual issues in 1780s Vienna; Mozart's instrumental, operatic and sacred works composed in Vienna; and Mozart's status as a musical-cultural icon in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.20 credits
- Opera and identity
This module gives you the opportunity to explore, understand and debate contemporary critical issues about the relationship between opera and identity. Focussing on opera from 1800 to the present day, the historical and social contexts surrounding the creation, premiere, and reception of opera forms the backdrop to the study of individual works in relation to topics including race, gender, sexuality, class, colonialism, religion, exoticism, political ideology, and national identity. From exoticised 19th-century Italian constructions of Egypt, through to the interplay of gender and sexuality in the depiction of pop culture icon Anna Nicole Smith, the operatic stage provides a forum for the consideration of some of society’s most pertinent and widely debated issues.20 credits
- Analysis of Classical and Early Romantic Music
This module will introduce you to musical analysis in the western classical tradition. The emphasis is on the internal and external workings of musical forms in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, focussing on Haydn’s and Mozart’s mastery of standard classical forms, on Beethoven’s formal manipulations, and on the interaction of form and expression in the early nineteenth century (e.g. Schubert and Chopin). Topics will include: motivic, thematic, melodic and rhythmic manipulation; interrelationships between counterpoint, harmony and melody; standard formal patterns; formal expansions and contractions; wit and humour in the late eighteenth century; expression and form.20 credits
- The Broadway Musical
This module addresses the development of the Broadway musical, focusing on leading figures and critical issues. It looks at shows such as My Fair Lady and Oklahoma!, examines aspects of identity such as race and sexuality, and unpacks the collaborative nature of the genre. Alongside lectures on set works, you will pursue an individual project on a topic of your own choice, allowing freedom to identify with the work being studied.20 credits
- Jazz Studies
This module introduces some of the key figures and developments in the history of jazz, from its origins as an early twentieth-century American music, to its various contemporary manifestations across the world. You will engage with the contexts and debates that have shaped (and continue to shape) the performance, reception, representation, and study of jazz music, and will conduct independent research into a jazz-related topic of your choosing.20 credits
- Topics in Popular Music
This module explores in depth, a range of models, case studies and themes for the study of Popular Music. Students are introduced to varying analytical and critical approaches to the study of popular musics in global perspective, with topics including (e.g.): how popular musicians learn; popular music and humour; popular music as world music; reading popular music `texts'; understanding business models; and conducting a popular music ethnography. As well as developing a factual knowledge of the genres covered in the module, students will develop a critical awareness of research methods and discursive themes in the field of popular music studies.20 credits
- Musical Culture in East Asia
This module introduces the musical life of East Asia, including China, Korea, Japan and neighbouring areas, in historical and cultural context. While emphasising traditional East Asian music and musical theatre, you’ll also examine East Asia’s participation in the culture of Western-style classical and popular musics. You’ll learn to recognise many forms of East Asian music and explain how they use sound in pursuit of particular cultural goals. You’ll also carry out a guided research project on a cultural, historical and/or analytical topic in East Asian music.20 credits
- Traditional Music in the Modern World
This module will introduce you to the study of folk and traditional music, focussing on a range of contemporary folk music cultures. You’ll learn to use a range of approaches (ethnomusicology; critical and culture theory; political theory) to consider the traditional identities these music cultures construct, and how they relate to their modern, economic, political and technological contexts. Past and current definitions of the terms folk music and traditional music are explored, and music cultures are investigated in terms of specific debates and contexts, such as revivalism, nationalism, institutionalisation, competition and education.20 credits
This module introduces ethnomusicology as a way of researching musical culture, with selected musical traditions explored as case studies in applying and assessing ethnomusicological methods. These methods typically emphasise ‘ethnography’, in which the primary sources are live human beings and knowledge is produced by interacting with them through musical participation, observation and interviewing. You’ll have the opportunity to conduct an ethnographic fieldwork project, either face-to-face or ‘virtual’, and write up the results in your assessed work. Alternatively, you can submit an essay examining published ethnomusicological research on a specific topic. Either way, you should reflect critically on how musical knowledge is produced by ethnomusicological methods.20 credits
- Psychology of Music: methods and applications
This module lays the foundation for you to be able to research a music-psychological topic using psychological research methods and consider its relevance for musical life and the music profession. You’ll work on developing skills in psychological research approaches, through teaching that is problem-based, meaning that you will work on research design and data collection methods to tackle an issue or problem that may be encountered in musical contexts. A combination of methods is considered including qualitative and quantitative data collection, reflection, observation and literature research. Included problems may relate to musical development, psychology of performance, and music engagement.20 credits
- Music and Wellbeing
To give students the opportunity to undertake the intensive study of a particular aspect of musical sound/material, behaviour or thinking, from the past or present; to demonstrate their ability to produce a substantial piece of scholarly written work; to enable them to consolidate and develop research techniques and critical skills; and to develop skills in writing and presentation. The dissertation need not involve original research but can be a conflation of existing knowledge. Dissertation topics should enable candidates to demonstrate the ability to place music in its historical and cultural context, and to support their arguments with informative comments based on detailed analysis. The length of the dissertation should be approximately 7,500 words.20 credits
- Music Psychology in Everyday Life
This module will introduce you to theories, empirical investigations and applications of music psychology relevant to everyday life. You will learn about the diverse uses of music in everyday situations, which may include personal, communal and commercial settings. The reasons for music use in these situations are explored and possible explanations of music's ability to support functions are critically reviewed, including social, emotional, personal, educational and commercial impacts. The module will be delivered through lectures, group discussions, and small research projects.20 credits
- Music Promotions
This practical module, running across two semesters, provides an introduction to key concepts and methods essential to effective music promotion. You will work in a group to plan and implement a promotion strategy for an event or music product release, applying theoretical principles of music promotion in practice. Supported through regular lectures and seminars, you will develop a deeper understanding of the operational elements of a music promotions project; analyse strategic (including commercial) considerations involved in selecting music for promotion; iIdentify and apply financial and legal best practice in music promotion; develop and implement strategies and techniques for publicising and marketing of music through traditional and digital media; and learn how to work more effectively in groups in the context of music promotion.20 credits
- Music Placements
This module provides an opportunity for you to experience a working environment of interest to you and to undertake work-related learning in a professional music setting. You will choose and negotiate your own placement with the support of tutors and a directory of local and national organisations. Alongside the placement, tutors will support you through seminar sessions. Topics include: preparing for the placement, how to get the most out of the experience, and preparing for the assessment. Through this experience you will develop specialist knowledge of the music industries and critical, career-relevant reflective skills.20 credits
- Community, Music and Education
This module will engage you in the current debates and practices of music in education and community settings, from the formal classroom setting and instrumental studio, through the work done by community support groups, to more recreational musical practice in the community. Questions of music's place in the curriculum, the relationship between school and home music, and the challenges of providing a vibrant musical education for all people, will be addressed in lectures and discussions. You will work in mentored groups to investigate and support community music-making or school-based music education in Sheffield, building your skills as a researcher, and learning about career options including teaching, delivering and managing music provision for young people and vulnerable adults. You will finish the module knowing more about music and its contribution to education and society, through your critical reflection on published research evidence, and through school and community fieldwork visits.20 credits
- Creative Applications of Music Technology
This module will introduce you to a range of technologies that might be used for creative purposes and provides an opportunity for further electronic music composition. The module necessarily focuses upon the science of music (sound and the digital medium, filters, reverbs, synth design, computer music programming) before engaging with the construction of two works: one that is very synth driven (a dance music style) and one that further develops your electroacoustic music study. The technological aspects of the module are quite broad and strengthen essential transferable skills and computer literacy. The creative aspects of the module develop your original composition profile whilst augmenting skills in sound design and commercial composition.20 credits
- Sound Recording Practice
This module examines the fundamental theories of recording. Focussing upon the recording of both sound and music, it provides you with an opportunity to realise an original track. The module engages briefly with technical aspects of recording (microphone types, sound file formats) before using practical work and listening to decide upon choice of microphone, placement and capture. By making field recordings, location recordings, and session-based recordings, you will acquire a broad understanding of relevant issues and methods. The mixing and mastering of session-based recordings results in your finished track and helps you develop the skills required in the professional sound studio.20 credits
Final year projects:
This module gives you the opportunity to undertake intensive study of a particular aspect of musical sound/material, behaviour or thinking, from the past or present, presenting the findings of your investigation as a substantial piece of scholarly written work, and in the process consolidating and further developing your research and critical skills. Your dissertation topic should enable you to demonstrate the ability to place music in its historical and cultural context, and to support your arguments with informative comments based on detailed analysis. Dissertation can be taken in 20 or 40 credit versions. The length of the dissertation should be approximately 6000 words for MUS301 Dissertation (20 credits); 9500 words for MUS332 Extended Dissertation (40 credits).20 credits
- Portfolio of Compositions
To give students the opportunity to explore their own creativity through original composition. The portfolio of original compositions should contain about ten minutes of music. The portfolio may include compositions for vocal or instrumental forces, or may consist of electro-acoustic music. Where possible the module will culminate in a public performance of some of the work produced.20 credits
- Prepared Instrumental or Vocal Recital
To enable students with advanced practical skills to demonstrate the ability to communicate meaning in music by public performance of a professional standard. The performance should contain works of a contrasting nature, from different historical periods, and will be given in public. Matters concerning the submission of the programme and the choice of accompanists are discussed with tutors.20 credits
- Special Project
This module allows you to negotiate a special project that does not conform to Dissertation, Performance and Composition, on a topic agreed with tutors on a case-by-case basis. It affords an opportunity for you to work with others outside of your discipline and to communicate your work to non-specialist audiences where appropriate. The project must be public-facing and potentially have career-oriented goals; it may include a placement activity. Special Project can be taken in 20 or 40 credit versions. MUS3040 Special Project (20 credits) comprises the project itself, presented through a public self-designed website and blog. MUS3041 Extended Special Project (40 credits) adds a critical reflective essay that serves to link the project to extant academic work and provide a context for aspects of the project itself.20 credits
- Extended Dissertation
This module gives you the opportunity to undertake intensive study of a particular aspect of musical sound/material, behaviour or thinking, from the past or present, presenting the findings of your investigation as a substantial piece of scholarly written work, and in the process consolidating and further developing your research and critical skills. Your dissertation topic should enable you to demonstrate the ability to place music in its historical and cultural context, and to support your arguments with informative comments based on detailed analysis. Dissertation can be taken in 20 or 40 credit versions. The length of the dissertation should be approximately 6000 words for MUS301 Dissertation (20 credits); 9500 words for MUS332 Extended Dissertation (40 credits).40 credits
- Extended Portfolio of Compositions
This final year module supports your independent composition practice and builds upon skills acquired over previous years. Compositions may be for small or large forces of instruments or voices, may combine instruments with electronics, or may be electroacoustic. Where possible the module will culminate in a public performance of some of the work produced. Portfolio of Compositions can be taken in 20 or 40 credit versions. The length of the portfolio should be approximately 10 minutes for MUS302 Portfolio of Compositions (20 credits); 20 minutes for MUS333 Extended Portfolio of Compositions (40 credits).40 credits
- Extended Prepared Instrumental or Vocal Recital
In this module you will develop your advanced practical skills to demonstrate the ability to communicate meaning in music through a public performance at a professional standard. You will prepare a programme, in any musical style and on any instrument, which exhibits your repertorial range containing works of a contrasting nature from different historical periods and contain a contemporary work. Your work will be supported by individual instrumental tuition. Instrumental or Vocal Recital can be taken in 20 and 40 credit versions. The length of the recital should be approximately 25 minutes for MUS303 Instrumental or Vocal Recital (20 credits); 35-40 minutes for MUS334 Extended Instrumental or Vocal Recital (40 credits).40 credits
- Extended Special Project
This module allows you to negotiate a special project that does not conform to Dissertation, Performance and Composition, on a topic agreed with tutors on a case-by-case basis. It affords an opportunity for you to work with others outside of your discipline and to communicate your work to non-specialist audiences where appropriate. The project must be public-facing and potentially have career-oriented goals; it may include a placement activity. Special Project can be taken in 20 or 40 credit versions. MUS3040 Special Project (20 credits) comprises the project itself, presented through a public self-designed website and blog. MUS3041 Extended Special Project (40 credits) adds a critical reflective essay that serves to link the project to extant academic work and provide a context for aspects of the project itself.40 credits
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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
Learning and assessment
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. Instrumental lessons are available in your first year and throughout the rest of your degree if you choose to take assessed performance modules.
Our staff research directly informs the content of our degrees and we bring our expertise and ideas into all our teaching, so you’ll benefit from being introduced to the latest discoveries at the forefront of musical research.
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.
This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB, including Music and/or Music Technology; or ABB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
ABB, including Music and/or Music Technology; or BBB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB, including Music and/or Music Technology + B in a relevant EPQ 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 33 + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) 33, 5 in Higher Level Music; or 32 + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
BTEC | DDD in Music DDD in Music
Scottish Highers | AAABB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) AABBB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AAABB + B, including Music AABBB+B including Music
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA, including Music; or B + AB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) B + AB, including Music; or B + BB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in Music, with Distinctions in 36 Level 3 credits and Merits in 9 Level 3 credits 60 credits overall in Music, with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits and Merits in 15 Level 3 credits
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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
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Department of Music
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.
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.
Our students study at the heart of the campus in specially designed music facilities, which provides the ideal environment for cutting-edge research and teaching.
Specially designed for music study, our £8.5m facilities provide the ideal environment for our diverse and cutting-edge teaching and research.
The University of Sheffield are proud to be an All-Steinway School, which places us among a select group of international education institutions. This accreditation means that you'll have access to pianos of the highest quality.
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.
The University of Sheffield is also home to a suite of performance venues, including the intimate theatre-style Drama Studio, where we host our third year performance recitals, and the beautiful 380-seater Firth Hall, set in the stunning Edwardian Grade II listed Firth Court and home to the University’s multi-genre Concert Series.
Why choose Sheffield?
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Research Excellence Framework 2014
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The University of Sheffield is proud to be an All-Steinway School
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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.
Fees and funding
The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.
Funding your study
Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.
Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.
The Department of Music offers a number of scholarships. These can include scholarships in partnership with local music organisations, giving you a chance to gain advanced work experience within the music sector while studying.
Alternatively, we can offer bursaries donated by alumni to help support you with your studies. Both single honours BMus students and dual honours students with music are eligible to apply.
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.
At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.
If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant 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 run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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