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Course summary

Study Music at Ulster University in the United Kingdom. The undergraduate music degree programme at the School of Creative Arts and Technologies, Ulster University is based around four core elements: Performance, Composition, Musicology and Music Technology. Year 1 is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of musical styles, genres and disciplines enabling them to develop existing skills and interests as well as acquire a range of new ones. Note: All year 1 modules are compulsory for BMus students: • Musicology 1 • Performance Studies 1 • Performance Studies 2 • Musicology 2 • Music Technology 1 • Music Technology 2 • Composition & Orchestration 1 • Composition and Orchestration 2 Year 2 allows students the opportunity to begin specialising by introducing a number of optional modules as well as level 2 modules in the four core disciplines. • Musicology 3 • Musicology 4 • Interactive Systems (Music, Media and Performance) (optional) • Electronic Music, Sonic Arts and Sound Design (optional) • Performance studies 3 (optional) • Performance studies 4 (optional) • Composition and Orchestration 3 (optional) • Composition and Orchestration 4 (optional) • Sound Recording and Studio Techniques (optional) • Introduction to Music Business (optional) • Introduction to Music in the Community (optional) • Music and Moving Image (optional) Year 3 Industrial Placement (optional). This module provides students with the opportunity to experience life as a professional in the creative industries as a paid employee of a company. They will be supported by an academic coordinator. Year 3/4 enables students to focus their degree programme in one or more related areas of specialist interest with a broad range of advanced level modules. Placement presents students the opportunity to take part in an internship with a local music or arts organisation while the Project options allow students to pursue an independent course of research or practical work in a chosen field of musical study. • Interactive Systems 2 (Arts and Media Technologies) (optional) • Sound Theory/Sound Practice (optional) • Project 1 (optional) • Project 2 (optional) • Jazz in the United States (optional) • Double Project (optional) • Music and Moving Image (optional) • Performance Studies 5 (optional) • Performance Studies 6 (optional) • Conversations in Irish Traditional Music (optional) • Composition Portfolio 1(optional) • Composition Portfolio 2 (optional) • Advanced Audio Production (optional) • Placement 1 (optional) • Placement 2 (optional) • Experimental Music (optional) • Teaching Music in the Community (optional) Studying music prepares graduates for a range of careers both inside and outside of the music industry. Our students have been successful in establishing careers as composers and performers, studio engineers, teachers, community music leaders and many progress to postgraduate study.


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops. Assessment in Music at Ulster is by coursework alone. Assessment methods include essays, seminar papers, analytical assignments, performances, technical exercises, composition portfolios, oral presentations and reports.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English Language Requirements English language requirements for international applicants The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4710 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4710 Year 1
EU £15840 Year 1
International £15840 Year 1

Additional fee information

Further information about full time undergraduate fees can be found at
Music at Ulster University - UCAS