The University of Southampton
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W300 BA Music (3 years)

Join us at Southampton for one of the most diverse music programmes in the UK, offering a high degree of flexibility and choice.

Find out moreLimited spaces available for 2018 entry

Introducing your degree

From cultural economics to global hip hop, music technology to opera, our music degrees provide a broad musical education allowing you to specialise in the area of your choice. At Southampton you can make and study the music you care about and develop the skills you need to sound out your future.

You can specialise in areas such as performance, composition, music history and music technology, or study a broad range. Alongside your classes you will participate in high-profile performance projects and have the option to join some of our many performing groups and societies. Graduates go on to pursue careers in the music industry, education, music therapy and many other fields.

Overview

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Programme Structure

In your first year you will get to grips with the fundamentals of music performance, composition, music history and theory.

In your second and third years you can choose from a wide selection of optional modules. You can also choose to take up to 25% of your programme in subjects from other disciplines. If you pursue five modules in another subject, you can add this subject as a Minor to your Music BA degree.

History and criticism modules introduce students to analytical and ethnomusicological approaches to a wide range of topics, from Mozart in Vienna to Musical Theatre, from Music in the Middle Ages to Jazz Theory and more.

Performance modules support instrumental and vocal performance (solo and ensemble) in classical, jazz and pop styles, with 20 hours of fully funded individual tuition per year for solo performers, plus master classes, professional workshops with industry leading musicians. Our students sing opera and music theatre, play heavy metal guitar and classical oboe and make electronic dance music. Whatever your passion we will help you take it to the next level.

Composition and music technology modules span classical and commercial styles. Complementary classes in advanced studio techniques, song writing and orchestration will prepare you for your final submission, which could be a video show reel, string quartet or song cycle.

Arts Administration, Music Therapy and Community Music offer modules aimed at gaining knowledge and professional skills in areas where music graduates can build innovative careers.

You will learn in dedicated facilities (keyboard, percussion, jazz and pop rehearsal rooms) as well as teaching and ensemble rehearsal spaces, ample practice rooms, electronic studios and networked multimedia workstations. We also have a purpose-built concert hall (Turner Sims) supporting the most extensive series of professional concerts and workshops of any UK university. You will also perform in city centre venues, from the historic Guildhall to Talking Heads (a leading rock and pop venue).

For more information go to Music undergraduate home page
To read about our former students and their current careers visit the music alumni page

View the programme specification for this course for 2017/18 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

Did you know?

You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code W301 when you apply through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB to BBB, including Grade B in Music; and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard*

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 - 30 points, 17 - 15 at higher level, including 6 in higher level Music, and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard*

For applicants not undertaking a Level 3 qualification in Music (e.g. A level Music, BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music), a Grade 6 music theory qualification can be accepted in combination with 3 A levels (or equivalent) and a Grade 8 music practical qualification or demonstrated equivalent standard*

*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and Reading and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is BBB from three A levels including Grade B in Music, and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard* or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

 

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

 

Selection process:
Intake:
75
Average applications per place:
6

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Our flexible course structure allows you to tailor your programme to your interests and explore a whole world of music.

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
MUSI1007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MUSI1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI1019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
MUSI1021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MUSI1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI1014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Year 2

Semester One
Optional
MUSI2116Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI2020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2093Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2095Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2127Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Optional
MUSI2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2092Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2104Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2139Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Music finalists are required to take one double module from the following list: MUSI 3008 Performance Recital, MUSI 3003 Commercial Composition, MUSI 3017 Composition Portfolio, MUSI 3021 Research Project.

Semester One
Compulsory
MUSI3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
MUSI3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3100Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3103Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2116Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3132Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
MUSI3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
MUSI3106Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3101Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3106Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3107Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3146Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BA Music2018Full time£9,250£16,536
BA Music2018Part time£4,625£8,268
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page The University Print Centre https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/index.page? also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentInstruments and equipment: Hartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves. The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's. Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses:All software is provided
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/humanities/undergraduate/courses/music.page
PlacementsPlacement Salary: It is expected that a student will receive at least the National Minimum Wage during their placement year. You are strongly advised not to undertake an unpaid placement. Tuition Fees: Students undertaking a Year in Employment will be charged a placement year tuition fee of 20% of your normal annual tuition fee. Travelling to and from interviews/work place. Expenditure to obtain professional and appropriate work attire Securing accommodation Nothing higher costs of living in some locations Occupational Health, DBS checks or vaccinations It is your responsibility to confirm with your Placement Provider who will fund these types of expense
OtherVocal and Instrumental Lessons: Specialist vocal and instrumental tuition for single and joint honours Music students taking performance modules is generally provided free at the point of delivery. When lessons happen away from Highfield Campus students are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from their lessons. Students are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from off-campus rehearsal, performance and music examination venues. Most of those we use are within walking distance of Highfield Campus. Students taking instrumental lessons are expected to own and maintain their own instruments, maintenance including the cost of repairs and of replacement parts (new strings, drumheads etc.). Students are strongly advised to arrange insurance for their instruments, covering all the usual risks including theft from places of residence and from university storerooms. Storage space for instruments is available in Music Department storerooms. Dozens of students have access to them: it is not possible to guarantee security. The university will accept no responsibility for loss or damage to instruments left in storerooms. Students taking performance modules will be given keys to practice rooms and storerooms. Keys must be returned on or before graduation day. Students will be charged £10.00 per replacement key in the event of loss. Jazz and pop students must buy and use their own ear protectors if asked to do so by a teacher. Hartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves. The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's. Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves. Turner Sims -- the university concert hall -- makes 10 tickets for each of its own-promoted concerts available free of charge to Music on a first come, first served basis. (There are very rare exceptions: gala concerts intended to raise funds for Turner Sims for instance.) Monday and Friday lunchtime concerts in Turner Sims organised by the Music Department are free of charge both to Music students and to the wider public. External promoters hiring Turner Sims can charge what they like for admission to concerts. Student-run performing arts societies such as the University of Southampton Symphony Orchestra, JazzManix and Showstoppers (there are many others which Music students might like to join) are free to set their own membership subscriptions. The Music Department does not contribute directly towards the cost of running these societies. ACADEMIC MODULES Very few Music lecturers insist that students purchase specific set texts. Copies of set texts are made available in Hartley Library, if necessary in the reference-only "course collection" or on short-term loan. Students may wish to own copies of recommended books but are free to choose which to buy and which to borrow. Some lecturers prepare course handbooks for the modules they are teaching. These are generally made available free of charge to students taking the modules. For unusually bulky handbooks there may be a charge to pay -- never more than £10.00 per copy. Music software packages are available for licensed use at designated university computer workstations free of charge to Music students. Students who wish to install compatible software on their own computers will have to cover the cost themselves. Students using the university's Follow Me print service will be charged per page printed out, at rates listed here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page Field trips are infrequent and almost always optional. When occasionally they do happen students involved may be expected to cover travel costs and to pay for admission to the venue(s) visited. Staff organizing trips make every effort to keep costs to a minimum, negotiating group and student discounts whenever possible. No one trip is likely to cost more than £20 total.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into our modules from the first lecture to the day you graduate. Our alumni go on to work in broadcasting, performance, teaching, further education, music therapy, composition, commercial music, arts marketing and management.

Hear what our students and graduates think.

Learning & Assessment

We positively encourage you to challenge yourself and try new things. You will have a range of experiences from one-on-one performance lessons, composition and academic tutorials; small-group seminars; and larger workshops, lectures, rehearsals and performances. You will be assessed through performance, coursework portfolios, presentations, group work as well as essays and exams.

We will help you gain employment skills within and outside the curriculum. Our course features school placements, arts administration internships, and other opportunities for you to gain valuable experience to enhance your learning and employability. You will have a personal academic tutor to help you make the best choices for your ambitions.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study14%13%10%
Independent study86%87%90%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment23%6%0%
Practical exam assessment25%41%40%
Coursework assessment52%53%60%

Study Locations

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