The BMus in Music is designed for students who wish to develop a deep understanding of music in the broadest sense whilst honing their specialist skills to professional standards. Staff with international reputations in performance, composition and musicology provide training that enables young musicians to fully exploit their talents. The degree includes studies in musicianship, harmony, music history and a range of associated skills that provide a well-rounded set of transferable skills such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork. This ensures that graduates in music are equally employable in graduate jobs as they are in musical careers.
The BMus degree was established in 1947 and over the last 70 years Queen's Music graduates have achieved a wide range of diverse careers and professional successes throughout the UK and internationally in both musical and non-musical careers.
“As a final year music student , I can definitely say that I am going to miss the University experience here at Queen’s. The music department at Queen’s has a vibrant, exciting atmosphere. The staff and student relationship is quite unique, and the lecturers offer exceptional support during the three years of the degree. Ranging from electronic and experimental music in Sonic Arts Research Centre, to Traditional Irish Music and classical performance in the School of Music, Queen’s has something to offer everyone in music.”
Sarah Ponsonby Brument, BMus Student
|Level 1||The BMus is the broadest and most flexible of our music degrees. Students are introduced to a number of core areas of musical study at Level 1. At Levels 2 and 3 there is considerable flexibility and freedom for students to choose the areas they would like to specialise in. There are options for specialisation in areas such as; Solo Performance, Composition, Musicology, Recording Practices and Ensemble Performance, along with individual modules in Arts Management, Song Writing and Traditional Irish Music.|
Level 1 consists of five core modules (*) and one optional module.
Music in History*
Introduction to Music*
Introduction to Film Studies
Sound Recording and Production
Being Creative; Music, Media and the Arts
|Level 2||Level 2 includes two core modules (*) in analysis and critical writing skills, plus four optional modules.|
Writing about Music*
Scoring and Arranging
Introduction to Arts Management
Notation and Transcription
Sound Design for Screen
Sound Recording and Production
Instrument Installation and Design
|Level 3||At Level 3, students are required to take one core module in a choice of music history subject, plus a wide range of optional modules including;|
Mozart and Bach
Politics in Popular Song
Musical Thought and Scholarship
A Night at the Opera
Traditional Irish Music
Film and Music
Audio Post Production
Designing Musical Interactions
Composing for Screen
Sound Recording and Production
Dissertation / Special Project
|N.B.||This is not an exclusive list and these options are subject to staff availability.|
Simon Mawhinney is a composer who writes regularly for leading contemporary music performers across Europe. He teaches composition, performance, history and theory at undergraduate level. At postgraduate level he supervises work in composition.
|Large Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of lectures
|Medium Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
|Personal Study||24 (hours maximum)|
22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including guided study, composition, instrumental tuition, performance rehearsal, online activities, etc.
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||2 (hours maximum)|
hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this courses are:
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
As students’ progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
The Music Department at Queen’s is one of the best equipped in the UK. Our music degrees are housed in two striking buildings: the elegant, historical Music building and the world-leading Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC). SARC contains the unique Sonic Lab, a concert hall with variable acoustics and facilities for immersion in 360º sound. The Music building houses the Harty Room, a concert hall that is regularly used for public performances. The department also houses state of the art recording studios (for both ‘pop’ and ‘classical’ music), plus studios for surround sound and post production. There are also a large number of practice rooms, including three acoustically isolated rooms, and three suites of iMac computers.
Ensembles include the Queen's University Symphony Orchestra, Queen's Big Band, Queen's Chamber Choir, QUBEnsemble, Queen's University Brass Band and Queen's Viol Consort.
In addition to the facilities for organists and pianists, the School of Music has an extensive range of early keyboard instruments, orchestral instruments and percussion instruments.
Concert venues include the Harty Room, The Sonic Lab, McMordie Hall, Whitla Hall and Elmwood Hall.
The SARC building contains seven purpose-built studio spaces designed and acoustically treated by ARUP acoustics
The School is one of the largest and best-equipped institutions in the UK working in the field of music and sound. Students have access to state-of-the-art audio resources including:
The Sonic Lab: a unique performance space with variable acoustics, an acoustically transparent grid floor and 48 studio quality loudspeakers to facilitate three dimensional sound projection. The Sonic Lab is capable of projecting multichannel audio in a range of spatial formats including ambisonics and Dolby Atmos.
Additionally, there are a range of study spaces, rehearsal spaces and teaching rooms distributed across our two buildings.
|A level requirements|
BBB including A-level Music.
Where A-level Music is not offered then A-level grades BBB plus Grade VIII Theory of Music (ABRSM, Trinity-Guildhall or LCM (not Popular Music Theory)) would be acceptable. AS-level Music is not acceptable in lieu of A-level Music.
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Music.
Where Higher Level Music is not offered then grades H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 plus grade VIII Theory of Music (ABRSM,Trinity-Guildhall or LCM (not Popular Music Theory)) would be acceptable.
Certificate in Foundation Studies in Music with an average of 65%.
If an applicant has successfully completed a Grade VIII Practical Music examination this may be taken into account in August when deciding borderline cases. Applicants should indicate in the 'education' section of the UCAS application if they have, or intend to complete, a Grade VIII Practical examination, specifying the instrument and the awarding body.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for the Bachelor of Music degree along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
For last year's intake, applicants for the BMus must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that the specific entry requirement of A-level Music (or Grade VIII Theory of Music) can be fulfilled.
Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as a BTEC Extended Diploma, Higher National Diploma, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.
The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma. A BTEC Extended Diploma in Music (180 credits at Level 3) is required for entry to this degree and offers are currently conditional on successful completion of this Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit.
For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. A relevant HND in Music is required for admission to this degree and offers for Stage 1 entry are currently conditional on successful completion of this HND with 9 Merits and 7 Passes overall. Applicants with sufficiently high grades in the first year of a relevant HND in Music may be considered for entry to Stage 2 and, where offers are made, these are currently conditional on successful completion of this HND with 12 Merits and 4 Passes overall, with Merits in specified units.
Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits, provided the subject requirements for entry to Music can also be met. Where offers are made, these are conditional on both achieving an average of 65% in the Access course and meeting the entry criteria for Music.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of the BMus degree, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
Candidates applying for the BMus should ensure that information on the highest grade achieved in Practical and Theory Music exams is included in the 'qualifications completed' section of their UCAS application. Details of any Practical or Theory exams which are to be undertaken prior to admission should be included in the 'qualifications not yet completed' section.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Candidates who have been made an offer will be invited to visit the School of Arts, English and Languages, and will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their performance skills.
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An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
The programme prepares students for a wide range of possible career paths and graduates in Music at Queen’s have found success throughout the UK and internationally in both musical and non-musical careers including orchestral playing, opera singing, solo artist careers, performance, composition, teaching, media employment and arts administration. Others regularly move into a wide range of graduate employments such as accountancy, banking, publishing and marketing.
Employment after the Course
Graduates in Music at Queen’s have found success throughout the UK and internationally, in both musical and non-musical careers. Our graduates have worked as professional musicians in a wide range of specialisms, including orchestral playing, opera singing, solo artist careers, and composition. Many of our graduates have enjoyed successful careers in teaching and arts administration. Many graduates have used the distinctions of a BMus from Queen’s to enter into non-music graduate careers.
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council Ni
Marie-Claire Doris, Classical Music Producer, BBC
Eugene Montieth, Conductor
David Stockard, Performer and Composer
Paul McBride, School Headmaster
Kevin Donnelly, Project Manager for Trocaire projects in Africa
Ciaran O'Donnell, Head of Music Service, Birmingham
Dierdre McKay, Composer
The Level 3 Work Placement course is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world employment experience. Some of the organisations our students have completed placements with include: The Mac, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Music Society, Fleming Fulton Special Needs School, JAM (Junior Academy of Music), and a large number of local secondary and primary schools.
Students wishing to take modules in either solo or ensemble performance at Level 1 must first successfully pass an audition. Each student accepted onto a Level 1 performance module is awarded a generous performance bursary that covers the cost of all practical performance tuition. Performance bursaries are also provided to students taking performance modules at Levels 2 and 3.
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In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,275|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£4,275|
Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
The School is an Avid Learning Partner and optional courses providing Avid certification in the use of ProTools are available as part of the programme. The cost of these courses ranges from £20 to £90 per course.
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).
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