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Music with Year Abroad (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
Typical offer
ABB-BBBView full entry requirements
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

This course provides a broad musical education, but allows you to specialise in areas including performance, music history, cultural studies, composition and music technology. A year abroad will give you international performance experience and build your global network.

At Southampton, you can make and study the music you care about and develop the skills and experience you need to set yourself up for a successful career. 

In this course, you can:

  • learn about analytical, musicological and ethnomusicological (the study of music from the cultural and social aspects of the people who make it) approaches to topics from music in the middle ages to global hip hop

  • develop skills in composition and music technology, covering composing for the concert hall through to commercial songwriting or film composition

  • get hands-on experience in advanced studio techniques, jazz theory and orchestration

  • develop an understanding and practical skills in arts administration, music therapy and community music

Our students sing opera and music theatre, play funk guitar and classical oboe, and make electronic dance music. Whatever your passion we'll help you develop it through:

  • regular performance and composition workshops with our superb teaching team and guests from the wider music industry

  • high-profile performance projects with internationally renowned performers and recording artists that bring together student musicians working across classical, pop and jazz

  • up to 20 hours of fully funded individual tuition per year for solo performers

  • ensemble and conducting coaching

You can also gain professional skills ready to build an innovative career. This might include music therapy, running workshops or managing music events.

Our high-level facilities include: dedicated rehearsal spaces (keyboard, percussion, jazz and pop rehearsal rooms), electronic studios and networked multimedia workstations.

Our concert hall, Turner Sims, supports the most extensive series of professional concerts and workshops of any UK university. You'll also get the chance perform around the city in a range of different venues. 

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 294.16 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.