I think the great thing about my programme is the freedom to specialise in whatever areas of music I like.
Our Music degree reflects the diversity of contemporary musical experience and the rich variety of music as an art form. You will encounter a huge range of music and music-making, thus gaining training into how you might wish to develop as a musician.
Music is a creative art practised by composers and performers, a form of cultural expression experienced by a worldwide audience and a technical practice involving the engineering and design of sound. We recognise this diversity and reflect it in our Music degree programmes, which address issues of creative practice, reflection, analysis and technology in a wide range of musical contexts.
You will explore musical repertoires past and present through integrated studies in classical/popular musicology, composition and performance, with emphasis on cultural issues, theory and analysis, music technology and practice-based learning.
We are distinctive in pursuing all these fields in our teaching and research, resulting in a highly stimulating environment for undergraduate musicians as scholars, performers, composers and future decision makers in the arts.
Performance, composition and the academic study of music have equal status in our degrees, so that our programmes are well suited to those aspiring to a professional career in any area of the music industry.
The range of subjects is especially broad. Western classical music, jazz and popular music form the backbone of historical and analytical studies, but modules in non-Western music, music technology and screen music are also available. In your second and final years, you may specialise in performance, composition, musicology or conducting.
The result is a highly stimulating environment for undergraduate musicians, whether you are interested in performance, composition, musicology, music technology or the music industry.
Our curriculum is structured so that almost any musical activity with which you might want to engage can receive credit, and all disciplines are equally valued.
Read about the experience of Music student, Kirsten Parry.
During Year 1, you are given a thorough grounding in the principles of music, plus the opportunity to choose a number of optional subject areas.
Compulsory modules include:
Optional modules include:
In Years 2 and 3, you study one or two core modules in addition to a wide range of optional modules. You are able to select modules according to your own interests, allowing you the freedom to design your own programme of studies (with staff guidance).
Compulsory modules include:
Optional modules include:
*compulsory for 4-year programme
Our four-year BMus degree includes core components in arts management issues and cultural policy-making. This programme is unique in offering a Professional Training placement year and is designed for students who wish to gain experience in music management or administration. See below for more details.
Optional modules include:
The third year of our four-year Music (W301) degree programme is spent away from the University, working in a professional role for major arts and music organisations. The senior Professional Training tutor works with you to prepare you for the placement period and helps you to choose and organise an appropriate placement and host organisation.
Types of placement are varied and can take place anywhere in the country, although many are London-based. Recent students have worked in areas of music management and administration, concert management, music education, marketing, music publishing, venue management, on and off-line record labels and music retail.
Organisations/companies that have participated in the scheme include:
The placement experience helps you to get that all-important first job or move on to postgraduate study.
On our degree programmes, you attend a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. All are encouraged to participate in the many practical performance opportunities on offer. These include choirs, orchestras, student-run ensembles, weekly lunchtime recitals, concerts of student compositions, masterclasses and recording sessions.
Many students start up their own chamber ensembles and rock/pop groups. Short modules on computing skills, such as MIDI, Music Notation Software and Music Resources on the World Wide Web, are also available.
Degrees are awarded on the basis of the assessment of coursework, end-of-semester examinations, projects, composition folios and performances. Most modules involve both coursework and examination, though a few are assessed by just coursework or examination.
Year 1 marks do not count towards the final degree classification. However, they do determine whether students are able to proceed to Year 2.
You have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters abroad on study placements in the University of Cincinnati (USA), at the University of Central Florida (USA), at North Carolina State University (USA) and the University of North Texas (USA), Brock University in Canada. Opportunities also exist at Australian, Brazilian and New Zealand partners.
Thanks to your experience overseas, you will acquire a new cultural background which will contribute to your success whether in your studies or in your professional career.
Our graduate employment record is excellent. The breadth of experience gained on our programmes equips graduates with numerous transferable skills and an invaluable sense of initiative and adaptability. You will find our graduates in almost every area of work within the cultural and creative industries.
Graduates over the last few years entered employment in roles such as:
Opportunities in the School of Arts include:
Artists, composers and ensembles who have recently visited for concerts and masterclasses include:
The School has a weekly lunchtime recital series featuring student performers, holds several larger concerts each semester and hosts regular performances by visiting professional artists. There are numerous opportunities for performing outside official University groups.
A-level Music grade A (or equivalent) required. Normally applicants taking performance will be required to have achieved grade 7 (minimum) or grade 8 ABRSM (or equivalent) in their primary instrument or voice.
GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or international equivalent).
Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day.
6.5 IELTS minimum overall
6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill
|Qualification||Course Length||Professional Training||UCAS code||KIS code|
|BMus (Hons)||3 years||W300||View KIS data set|
|BMus (Hons)||4 years||W301||View KIS data set|
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.
Fees for students classed as overseas for fees purposes are as follows: £13,300 for 2015 entry. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
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Surrey's new Major/Minor undergraduate degrees let you master your favourite subject while gaining insight into a different topic, with unique linking modules that help you make connections.
The University of Surrey has been ranked sixth in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
The University of Surrey is particularly well blessed for music and sound-recording facilities, including studios, rehearsal spaces and several venues for public performances.
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