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Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

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Film and Journalism
City Campus
Three years
Programme leader:
Dr Maxwell Davies
Key fact:
Gain a deep understanding of music in all its forms. Advance your musical skills to a professional standard. Work with, and learn from, leading music professionals and organisations. Develop the creativity, skills and network to earn a living in this exciting industry.

Page last updated 28 June 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Music?

Bristol's music scene is powerful, thriving and constantly evolving, whether it's classical, jazz, trip hop or drum and bass. Massive Attack, Portishead and Roni Size have all helped create Bristol's distinctive musical identity. With world famous festivals nearby - at Glastonbury and WOMAD - there are numerous opportunities to get involved with and make music.

Why study our course?

If you're a performer, composer, sound artist or musicologist, this course will enable you to explore new techniques and ideas, and develop your own creative musicianship.

You will develop a deep understanding of the music industry - both stylistically and in terms of careers. So you could be studying music business skills and beat boxing one day and classical traditions the next.

You will study composition and performance, digital and traditional, and examine techniques and form. We understand music and know that tastes are eclectic, so we teach a wide variety of styles to give you inspiration and the tools to explore your creativity.

Real world experience

From day one, you'll work on developing your professional music portfolio. You will learn from visiting professionals, visit performance venues, and work on projects with international musicians and venues. Through our industry links and partnerships, such as with Bristol Music Trust, there are opportunities to work with Bristol's music scene and you will work with artists, designers, animators, film-makers and journalists, as well as musicians and musical scholars. This will give you a unique experience in artistic collaboration, broad musical skills and an outstanding portfolio of work. 

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be equipped for a career in the music industry, music venue promotion and events, teaching or further study.

Many employers from other industries are also interested in the practical, creative, intellectual and transferable skills students gain on a music degree. These include skills such as self-organisation, creativity, teamwork and self-motivation.



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Exploring Music
  • Analysing Music
  • Techniques of Composition
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Developing Performance
  • Introduction to Studio Music.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Modern Repertoire
  • Digital Music for Creative Industries
  • Evaluating Performance
  • Styles of Composition.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Performance Portfolio
  • Advanced Composition (for students specialising in composition only).

Year three

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Independent Study in Music
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Professional Portfolio.

In addition, you will study two of the following modules:

  • Musicology
  • Arrangement and Conducting
  • Music Enterprise and Management
  • Introduction to Music Therapy
  • Advanced Performance Recital
  • Advanced Composition II
  • Live Sound
  • Audio Post Production.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn your craft through practice and performance, combined with lectures, seminars, performance and studio-based sessions and individual tuition.

Student-led, tutor-led and independent learning give you the chance to develop your creative musicianship.

All students are allocated a personal tutor to provide on-going support and advice.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


You will be assessed through coursework and a music portfolio, which might contain recordings, film, and collaborations, self-evaluation of performances and studio productions, and independent research. Solo and ensemble recitals, practical exercises for areas such as conducting, and full dissertations and composition portfolios/digital media may also be included.

You will be assessed via a music portfolio, which will contain examples of your work supported by independent research that contextualises your work as a practicing musician.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Create and perform in our well-equipped studios and performance spaces:

  • Play and record in one of five recording studios - each with PA system and microphone, drum kit, guitar and bass backlines, and performance keyboard.
  • Rehearse in one of two practice rooms with electronically variable acoustics; stocked with a wide range of instruments, including a large collection of percussion and orchestral instruments.
  • Get creative inspiration from our large music library and extensive range of online musical resources.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Perform and play

There will be opportunities for you to play and perform a range of musical styles at our celebrated Centre for Performing Arts and at our partner venues around the city. 

Learn from industry

You can learn more about the industry at talks from visiting professionals including TV and film composers. There are also opportunities to go behind the scenes on trips to key music festivals, venues, radio stations and music production companies.

Inspire and engage

To inspire your creativity, we arrange trips to a range of performances around the city and the country. We also encourage students to get involved in local projects.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will be well equipped for a career in performance, composition, the wider music industry, music venue promotion and events, teaching or further study.

A wide range of employers are interested in the practical, creative, intellectual and transferable skills you gain on a music degree. These include skills such as self-organisation, creativity, teamwork and self-motivation.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: A Music 'A' level is desirable but not essential.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. Candidates without standard qualifications but with other music experience will be considered.

Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate level of instrumental skills and an understanding of music theory. Two instruments are preferred (singing will be classed as one 'instrument') but those applicants with exceptional skills on one instrument will be considered. The following grades are given as guidelines to indicate the general standard expected of applicants at audition: Grade 7 or above in 1st instrument and Grade 5 or above in 2nd instrument. Grade 5 theory required. All applicants must be able to perform at this level at the time of entry. ABRSM or Trinity exam boards are preferred but a student with exceptional talent or other qualifications may be considered.

Applicants are strongly recommended to have some keyboard skills (on any recognised keyboard instrument). Applicants who do not will automatically be enrolled in an intensive keyboard skills course in order to reach the expected standard by the end of the first year of study.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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