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Music (Honours)

The Open University UK

36 months
6336 GBP/year
6336 GBP/year
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On the Music (Honours) degree from The Open University UK, you'll learn how music is created, study a wide range of styles, and unlock your own creativity. 

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This Music (Honours) degree from The Open University UK will broaden and deepen your understanding of musical practices, encompassing western art music, jazz, popular music, and non-western musics. You'll develop the technical skills to analyse music in different styles, and the critical skills to discuss music in relation to its cultural contexts. 

You'll also acquire critical and reflective skills to develop your own musical practice. Add to that some expert guidance in the use of technology to create and record music, and you’ll not just gain a degree but a passionate pursuit.

Key features of the course

  • Study a wide range of musical repertoires and practices, informed by world-leading research.
  • Create, analyse, perform and study the social contexts of music.
  • Develop practical music making and performance skills at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  
  • Open to musicians working in any tradition and at any stage of their musical development.
  • Relevant to a wide variety of musical and non-musical careers including teaching, arts administration, community music, and sound recording.

Career relevance

Study of the arts and humanities requires an understanding of human activities in diverse cultural environments and historical contexts. The breadth of study and range of musical repertoire and practice explored, combined with clear thinking and communication, make the BA (Hons) Music relevant to a wide range of careers, including:

  • the cultural and creative industries
  • education
  • public administration, local government, the civil service, art institutions, and social services
  • advertising, journalism, publishing, and public relations
  • business, banking and retail
  • human resources
  • charities and campaigning

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Discovering the arts and humanities 
  • Revolutions 
  • Cultures
  • Understanding music 
  • Music, sound and technology 
  • Central questions in the study of music

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
  • Before starting Stage 2 of this degree it would be useful to have some knowledge of music theory equivalent to ABRSM Grade 3 level, as the modules begin at a basic level and quickly progress to more advanced musical concepts and techniques. 
  • If you have not yet learned music theory or notation, we recommend studying the OU’s free online course, Introduction to music theory

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6336 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19008 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
  • National

    6336 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19008 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.


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