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Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #49 (QS) ,
The BA in Music from University of Bristol is a well-established and highly regarded programme. Our graduates go on to work in the music profession, the creative industries and a host of other careers.


We offer a broad range of units in musicology, composition and performance, across diverse styles and genres. These are complemented by weekly concerts, regular masterclasses and performances in the department, and opportunities to get involved in the dynamic music scene in the city of Bristol. The department is exceptionally friendly and welcoming and staff run ensembles and perform with students.

During the Music programme from University of Bristol will be taught by internationally recognised musicologists and composers and by a team of professional instrumental and vocal tutors. We will discuss and analyse music and musical culture; arrange, conduct and compose; and perform music to a high level. Our teaching and music-making takes place in the magnificent nineteenth-century Victoria Rooms, a familiar Bristol landmark with a 530-seat auditorium.

The first year lays a solid foundation in musicology and composition and (if you choose) performance, preparing you for more advanced study in subsequent years.

In years two and three most of the curriculum is optional. You might specialise in your particular area of interest or explore a more varied selection from acoustic and studio composition, performance, editing, analysis and research-led history units, covering such topics as medieval music, opera, romanticism, music and war, aesthetics, film music, music and migration, and African-American music.

You will have an average of at least ten contact hours per week, with a host of additional activities to choose from. You will also have the opportunity to take units in other subjects and to spend part of your second year abroad at a partner university if you wish.

A number of our students have secured organ and choral scholarships with our local churches and Bristol Cathedral.


The typical percentage of time spent in different learning activities for this course based on student choices.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Six years with daytime, weekday teaching

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Technical Studies : Harmony and Harmonic Analysis
  • Historical Studies : Western Art Music (up to 1750)
  • Practical studies: Performance
  • Composition
  • Approaches to Music History
  • Transcription and Editing
  • Further Technical Studies
  • Analytical Techniques : Schenkerian Approaches
  • African-American Music in the 20th Century
  • Courtly Music in the Renaissance (1400-1600)

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A-level Standard offer: ABB including Music
  • A-level Contextual offer: BBC including B in Music
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Standard offer: 32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Contextual offer: 29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music
  • Cambridge Pre-U offer: Requirements are as for A-levels, where grade A is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • BTEC offer: DDM plus either B in A-level Music or Merit in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
  • Part-time tuition fees will normally be charged on a pro rata basis

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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