Music BMus (Hons) – 2018 entry

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Why Surrey?

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Music, with our programmes ranked second by the Guardian University Guide 2018. This programme achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017.

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 insight into how you might wish to develop as a musician.

Programme overview

Our programme offers you a high standard of academic, compositional and instrumental/vocal tuition in a uniquely broad range of styles. You will participate in a thriving performance and composition environment and have opportunities to work with a wide range of professional artists and practitioners.

We have excellent performance, recording and learning facilities and you will be able to discuss the latest ideas with visiting leading composers, performers and scholars.

As a BMus student at Surrey you will work closely with students of the world-famous Tonmeister Music and Sound Recording programme and with those following our Creative Music Technology degree. Together, these three programmes provide a unique environment to study contemporary and professional music industry practice.

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 Music degrees, which makes them well suited to those aspiring to a professional career in any area of 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.

Our three-year BMus degree explores 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. 

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 and is designed for students who wish to gain experience in music management or administration.

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/conducting, composition or musicology.

The result is a highly stimulating environment for undergraduate musicians, whether you are interested in performance, composition, musicology, music technology or the music industry.

Read about the experience of Music student Kirsten Parry.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)


On our degree programmes, you will 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 for music are also available, and access to a range of specialised online music archives and materials are provided.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


Discover the range of facilities available to our students on our School facilities pages.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters abroad on study placements at institutions such as:

  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Central Florida
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Texas
  • Monash University
  • University of Sydney
  • Brock University
  • Victoria University, Wellington

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.

Performance opportunities

Opportunities in the Department of Music and Media include:

  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • University Choir
  • Gospel Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • University Big Band
  • Numerous chamber ensembles
  • Music ensembles

Artists, composers and ensembles who have recently visited for concerts and masterclasses include:

  • Mark Anthony Turnage
  • Richard Rodney Bennett and Clare Martin
  • Nikolai Demidenko
  • Jacqui Dankworth
  • Nicola Benedetti
  • Notes Inégales
  • John Williams
  • Paco Pena

The Department holds a weekly lunchtime recital series featuring student performers and several larger concerts each semester. It also hosts regular performances by visiting professional artists.

There are numerous opportunities for performing outside official University groups such as at the Guildford International Music Festival.


Learn more about music at Surrey on our dedicated Twitter account.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

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 will work with you to prepare you for the placement period and will help you 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 such as:

  • Music management and administration
  • Concert management
  • Music education
  • Marketing
  • Music publishing
  • Venue management
  • On and offline record labels
  • Music retail

Organisations/companies that have participated in the scheme include:

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Royal Opera House
  • Schott Music Publishing
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • South Hill Park Arts Centre
  • HMV
  • Royal School of Church Music
  • Orchestra of St Johns (OSJ)
  • Faber Music Publishers
  • Sherriff Rosebriars Trust
  • State 51
  • The Point
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Signum Records
  • The Drill Hall

Graduate prospects

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:

  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Theory Assistant
  • Royal Opera House, Musical Play Leader
  • London Symphony Orchestra, Discovery Schools Project Co-ordinator
  • Musical Associates UK, Box Office Manager
  • Warner Music UK, SLC Co-ordinator
  • Christchurch Cathedral, Teacher and Lay Clerk
  • Wigmore Hall, London, Learning Assistant
  • University sector, Arts Co-ordinator
  • Schott/Faber, Music Publisher
  • Music Producer, Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Timbaland, Katy Perry, Cheryl Cole
  • Signum Records, Label Manager

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: Music. Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required Subjects: Music with at least 7.5. If Music not taken in EB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7. If Music not taken in EB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32. 

Required Subjects: Music HL5/SL6. If Music not taken in IB, please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: English HL/SL4 and either Maths or Maths Studies HL/SL4. 

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required Subjects: Music.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C. 

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required Subjects: A-level Music.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Candidates are shortlisted according to predicted grades and their overall music profile.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview day and offers will be made soon after that.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

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

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

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.

Professional Training placement fees

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.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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Scholarship for Pioneers of Tomorrow

Do you want to make a real difference or have you already accomplished something special? Then the "Pioneer" student scholarship program is right for you!

Surrey Prestige Scholarship

This prestigious Surrey award for Undergraduates is aimed at high achievers and recognises academic excellence in your high school or equivalent leaving exams. 

The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

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.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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