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  • UCAS code W302
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2021

The course

BMus Music at Royal Holloway is a flexible degree, 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. 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.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to apply to take a Placement Year, which can be spent studying abroad, working or carrying out voluntary work. You can even do all three if you want to (minimum of three months each)! To recognise the importance of this additional skills development and university experience, your Placement Year will be formally recognised on your degree certificate and will contribute to your overall result. Please note conditions may apply if your degree already includes an integrated year out, please contact the Careers & Employability Service for more information. Find out more

  • Choose from a wide range of performance opportunities including orchestras, choirs, jazz, pop, and world music ensembles.
  • Learn from academics whose experitse spans music from the Middle Ages to the present and around the globe.
  • Gain practical skills in composition, music technology or performance.
  • Receive excellent tuition on your first instrument (or voice) at no extra cost to you.
  • Apply for one of our choral, organ, orchestral or music scholarships.
  • You will have access to our well-equipped studios, recording facilities, and incredible performance spaces, including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel.
  • Work with professional conductors and receive coaching from leading professional groups such as the King's Singers and the London Mozart Players.

in the UK for research intensity

Source: Complete University Guide, 2020


in the UK for performing arts

Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019


say staff have made the subject interesting

Source: National Student Survey, 2019

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