BMus (Hons) Music Technology

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
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Course summary

This course provides 30 hours of individual specialist tuition on your principal study (increasing to 35 in year four), which is far more than is typically offered by academic university music courses. You are also allocated an additional five hours which you can allocate to additional areas of support, or instrumental study of your choice. Our priority is to provide the perfect preparation for a successful career in instrumental performance, music technology or composition. We pay care and attention to treating musicians as entrepreneurs, and aim to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges presented by the future of the profession, with the intention that they leave us as employable music professionals. In addition to benefiting from individual tuition, you will enjoy a range of activities designed to develop your artistry, musical fluency and personal and professional awareness. On the practical side, you will benefit from masterclasses with visiting professionals, individual coaching in music technology techniques, creative composition with technology workshops, and teaching techniques. You will find yourself with numerous opportunities to develop music technology work, and the chance to tailor your studies to your individual interests. Your individual work will be supported by classes in principles of music technology, including recording techniques, synthesis, sampling, production, software training, surround sound, mastering, media music and live electronics. In your academic work you will explore themes such as musicianship, music history and professional development. This is an exciting time in our long history – you will be among the first students to benefit from our brand new facilities, including five public performance spaces, seven recording and production studios of the highest possible professional standards, around 70 practice rooms and Birmingham's only dedicated jazz venue. We have invested £57 million into 9,000 sq m of purpose designed state-of-the-art teaching and performance facilities, which is the first of its kind in the digital age.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Music Technology

Unistats information

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How to apply

This course is closed for the 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code302F
Institution code B34
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 points GCSE passes in 5 subjects (grade 4 or above) must include English Language Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects. Must have been achieved at the point of application.
A level EE All subjects considered Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP All subjects considered
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Intermediate/Higher/Advanced Higher in 5 different subjects, of which 3 are at Higher level
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PP All subjects considered
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Students who complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a minimum of 24 points. Students who do not complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 8 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects Audition required AND English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 5 subjects at grade C or above, 4 of which are at the Higher Level

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests



Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Institutions Own Test. For applicants who audition in the UK. Candidates will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Music Test. For applicants who audition in the UK. Candidates will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural.

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Birmingham Conservatoire£60£60
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)£60£60
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee££
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£60£60
Singapore Performers only /local fee£60£60
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Birmingham Conservatoire£90£90
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)£90£90
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee££
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£90£90
Singapore Performers only /local fee£90£90
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU - Equivalent or lower qualifications fees £11,590 Students studying Equivalent or Lower Qualification in higher education are assessed to see whether they are looking to study at the same level to a qualification they already hold or at a lower level to a qualification they already hold. Students categorised as studying for an ELQ at the Birmingham Conservatoire will be charged a tuition fee rate that is higher than the standard published rates. This is because in 2008 the government announced that it would no longer provide funding to support universities teaching students who were classed as ELQ status.
BMus (Hons) Music Technology at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS