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Music BMus

UCAS code W302
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 3 years full time
Department Music »

BMus Music at Royal Holloway is a flexible degree with no compulsory modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own interests and passions.

We have expertise spanning traditional, modern and world music. Through studying musical texts, practices, cultures and institutions you will explore issues in history, sociology, ethnology, and philosophy covering an exceptional geographical and chronological range. You will also be able to gain practical skills in composition, music technology and performance.

You will join a music department that is among the very best in the country, ranked third in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship.

  • You will have access to well-equipped studios and recording facilities as well as incredible performance spaces including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel.
  • Our well connected department means you have the opportunity to make valuable music industry contacts. Our staff are connected with musical networks such Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House.
  • Receive excellent tuition on your first instrument (or voice) at no extra cost to you
  • Apply for choral, organ and orchestral scholarships, available to well-qualified students.
  • Be a part of our creative campus.  Choose from a wide range of performance opportunities including orchestras, choirs, jazz, pop, and world music ensembles. Work with professional conductors and receive coaching from leading professional groups such as the King's Singers and the London Mozart Players.

Core modules

All modules for all years on this course are optional

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Theory and Analysis

Practical Musicianship

Creative Composition Techniques

Practical Composition Skills

Very Short History of Music

Introduction to Historical Musicology

Introduction to World Music

Contemporary Debates in Music

Solo Performance

Creative Ensemble Performance

Year 2

Studies in Music Analysis

Studies in Composition

Studies in Music History

Studies in Ethnomusicology

Studies in Music, Media and Technology

Practical Performance

Solo Performance

Ensemble Performance

Composition Portfolio

Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

Choral Conducting

Baroque Performance Practice

Composing with Technology

Composing with Technology

Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

Introduction to Jazz

Popular Music and Musicians in Post-War Britain and North America

Orchestral Conducting

Orchestral Performance

Practical Ethics

Wagner's Ring

Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

Music in the City

Music, Environment and Ecology

Music, Power and Politics

Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

Silent Film Performance

Music and Gender

Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

Year 3

Studies in Music Analysis

Studies in Composition

Studies in Music History

Studies in Ethnomusicology

Studies in Music, Media and Technology

Practical Performance

Solo Performance

Ensemble Performance

Composition Portfolio

Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

Choral Conducting

Baroque Performance Practice

Composing with Technology

Composing with Technology

Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

Introduction to Jazz

Popular Music and Musicians in Post-War Britain and North America

Orchestral Conducting

Orchestral Performance

Practical Ethics

Wagner's Ring

Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

Music in the City

Music, Environment and Ecology

Music, Power and Politics

Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

Silent Film Performance

Music and Gender

Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

Practical Performance 2

Composing with Technology 2

Special Study - Dissertation

Special Study - Theory and Analysis

Special Study - Performance

Special Study - Composition

The BMus has a modular structure, whereby students take 12 course units at the rate of four per year.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and instrumental/vocal lessons. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. When you start with us, you are assigned a Personal Advisor to support you academically and personally.

Assessment is carried out by a combination of examinations, which take place in the summer term, along with written papers, extended essays, assessed coursework, portfolios of compositions and other practical work, and performance recitals.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

AAB-ABB

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • subjects taken at A level
  • the educational context in which academic achievements have been gained
  • whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken
Required/preferred subjects  Required: 
  • Grade A in Music A level or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass
  • Five GCSEs graded A* - C including English and Maths
Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate

6,5,5 at Higher Level including 6 in Music at Higher Level or Grade 8 Music Theory with a minimum of 32 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject, plus evidence of A Level standard Music proficiency, grade A equivalent or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass

BTEC National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject plus A- Level music grade A or DD in a relevant subject, plus 1 A -Level grade B and Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Distinction plus A -Level Music grade A and one further A-Level grade B or Distinction plus AB at A-Level and grade 8 Music Theory at Pass

Welsh Baccalaureate

A non-subject specified A Level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

Scottish Advanced Highers

AB at Advanced Higher Level with  A in Music, or AB with Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass plus Higher requirements.

Scottish Highers

AABBB at Advanced Level plus Advanced Higher requirements.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level inc H2 in Music at Higher Level or H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level with Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction, and 15 level 3 credits at Merit, plus evidence of A-Level standard Music proficiency grade A equivalent or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education.

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall

  • with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and pre-sessional English language courses, allowing students to further develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

Choosing to study Music at Royal Holloway will not only equip you with specific skills in performance, composition and production, but also a wide range of skills valued by employers such as communication, teamwork, time management, commercial awareness and critical thinking.  You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable industry contacts and knowledge of music networks.

Our recent graduates have very successfully entered a wide range of careers including roles as musicians, composers and performing arts teachers, but also technicians, publishers, managers, lawyers and policy makers. Many graduates also go on to advanced study in a variety of fields.

The 2018/19 entry tuition fees have not yet been set. The following information is provided as a guide only.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600

Other essential costs***: £50

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for overseas fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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