BA in Music

Brunel University London, United Kingdom
BA in Music
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 3,385,827
Course Accredited By NA
3 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree

Our Music BA degree has been designed to develop your particular interests in music-making. It aims to equip you with a solid grounding in the craft of creativity which reflects the diversity of musical styles and genre in today’s world.

  • In your first year you will gain a strong understanding of composition, performance and musicology. You will also be introduced to sonic arts and sound recording. Your peer group of musicians will discuss, review and give you constructive feedback on your musical activities.
  • You can choose from a range of optional modules in your second year and final year. This means you develop your own bespoke pathway during your music course, and this prepares you for your chosen career in the music world. Examples of specialist options you could choose include orchestration and arrangement, and taking sonic art to the stage, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • You will be taught by some of the leading figures in today’s contemporary music comprising composers, performers and musicologists. They are performing, composing and writing books, and have strong connections with the music community in London, the UK and in Europe. This opens up opportunities for you to collaborate with them and work together on installation projects and a huge variety of creative projects.
  • Our music facilities include a fully sound-proofed recording studio for rehearsals, and performance spaces and practice rooms equipped with grand pianos, drum kits and amps. Access is available to an editing suite with Mac computer workstations where you’ll work on your music using industry standard music making software.
  • During your time at Brunel, you’ll benefit from guest lectures delivered by leading figures in the music industry who give advice on music promotion and how to get a gig. In addition, you have the advantage of Brunel’s close location to London’s exciting music scene for planned trips to music concerts, festivals, galleries, and museums.
  • Our music undergraduate degree can be studied full-time over three years, four years with a placement year, or part-time over six years.
  • We encourage the placement year option. This time in the music industry helps you to further prepare for the world of work and you’ll have a year’s worth of invaluable professional experience when you graduate. If you decide to go on a music work placement year, you could find yourself working at record companies, TV companies, or teaching music in a school.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your musical talent before you graduate alongside external musicians. There are a variety of performances hosted by Brunel including concerts, recitals and ensembles where you’ll be able to network and gain feedback on your creativity from the visiting music artists.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • From the first year you will start building a professional portfolio of your project-based work. You will plan and manage themed events and build a live website of your musical creations as part of the professional development module. In later years you can select modules that you find interesting and that reflect your career aspirations. You can choose a theoretical or practical-based final year project. It could be a written dissertation, or, alternatively, a composition, performance, vocal, or an album, or electronics piece.

Please see programme specification for the specific optional module combination choices that are available.

  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4.5 to 6 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

  • MU1608 Ensemble I: The Art of Performing
  • MU1609 Materials of Music I: Inside the Language
  • MU1610 Ways of Hearing I: Genres Through Time
  • MU1611 Composing I: Capturing Ideas
  • MU1612 Studio Production I: Introduction to the Art of Sound and Technology
  • MU1613 Professional Development I: Building a Collaborative Musical Project from A-Z

Year 2

  • MU2613 Materials of Music II: Outside the Box From the Inside
  • MU2614 Ways of Hearing II: The Theatre of Technology
  • MU2615 Professional Development II: Communicating and Teaching


  • MU2616 Ensemble II: Leadership, Directing and Improvisation
  • MU2617 Composing II: Craft and Development
  • MU2618 Studio Production II: Advanced Techniques and Designing Your Own Tools
  • MU2619 Orchestration and Arrangement
  • MU2620 Interdisciplinary Project: Learning Collaboration

Year 3

  • MU3617 Professional Independent Project


  • MU3618 Ensemble III: Creating Performance
  • MU3619 Materials of Music III: Advanced Technical Portfolio
  • MU3620 Ways of Hearing III: Cultures and Subcultures
  • MU3621 Composing III: Advanced Portfolio
  • MU3622 Studio Production III: Taking Sonic Art To the Stage

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