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Please note that student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2020 intake while we review our provision. Developments to this programme will be published in due course. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit the BSc (Hons) Creative Music Technology or BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology course pages.

About this course

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Course code:
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Film and Journalism
Three years
Programme leader:
Dr Maxwell Davies
Key fact:
Collaborate with leading music professionals and organisations and develop the creativity, skills and network to succeed in this exciting industry.

Page last updated 5 September 2019


Why study music?

The modern music industry is increasingly focused on live performance. From local professionals to stadium bands, this is where musicians make a living nowadays.

Successful artists have strong business skills and know how to use technology to record, mix, master and widely share their performances.

Studying music provides you with the right mix of traditional skills, practical training and creative inspiration you need to be heard.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Music is for performers, composers, sound artists and musicologists who want to explore new techniques and ideas, and develop their own creative musicianship.

Work with artists, designers, animators, film-makers and journalists, musicians and musical scholars through our industry links and partnerships, such as with Bristol Music Trust. Gain valuable experience of artistic collaboration and build broad musical skills.

Benefit from being right in the middle of a music scene that's thriving and constantly evolving.

Massive Attack, Portishead and Roni Size have all helped create Bristol's distinctive musical identity. With world famous festivals like Glastonbury and WOMAD nearby, there are numerous opportunities to get involved.

Develop a deep understanding of the music industry - both stylistically and in terms of careers. You could be studying music business skills one day and classical traditions the next.

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

Learn from visiting professionals, visit performance venues and work on projects with international musicians and venues. Build a professional music portfolio to showcase your skills to future employers.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Where it can take you

Choose a career in the music industry, music venue promotion and events or teaching. Or you could choose to go on to further study.

Employers from other industries also value the practical, creative and intellectual transferable skills of music graduates.

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

Plus, one optional module from:

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

Final year

You will study:

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

Plus, two optional modules from:

  • 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

Learn your craft through practice and performance, combined with lectures, seminars, performance and studio-based sessions and individual tuition. Receive ongoing support and advice from your personal tutor.

Student-led, tutor-led and independent learning help you develop your creative musicianship.

Play and perform a range of musical styles at our celebrated Centre for Music and partner venues around the city. 

Attend industry at talks from visiting professionals including TV and film composers. Go behind the scenes on trips to music festivals, venues, radio stations and music production companies. Benefit from trips to a range of performances around the city and country.

We encourage students to get involved in local projects to build as much practical, real-world experience as possible.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


You'll be assessed through your coursework and music portfolio, which might contain recordings, film, collaborations, self-evaluation of performances and studio productions, and independent research.

You can also include solo and ensemble recitals, practical exercises for areas such as conducting, full dissertations, composition portfolios and digital media.

Your music portfolio will contain examples of your work supported by independent research that contextualises your work as a practicing musician.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Study facilities

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

Play and record in our recording studios - each with PA system and microphone, drum kit, guitar and bass backlines and performance keyboard.

Rehearse in our practice rooms with electronically variable acoustics and stocked with a wide range of instruments.

This mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Choose a career in performance, composition, the wider music industry, music venue promotion and events or teaching. Graduates also have the opportunity to go on to further study.

Employers from other industries also value in the practical, creative and intellectual transferable skills of music graduates.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • Relevant subjects: Music, Music Technology
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

Additional requirements

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. As a guideline, the standard expected of applicants at audition is: 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information


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