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A course to meet the needs of the modern musician

Summary

Study Music at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The undergraduate music degree programme at the School of Creative Arts and Technologies, Ulster University is based around four core elements: Performance, Composition, Musicology and Music Technology.

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About this course

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About

The undergraduate music degree programme at the School of Creative Arts and Technologies, Ulster University is based around four core elements: Performance, Composition, Musicology and Music Technology. Classes take place over two 12-week semesters each year. Students choose modules to the value of 60 credits in each semester.

Year 1 is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of musical styles, genres and disciplines enabling them to develop existing skills and interests as well as acquire a range of new ones. Note: All year 1 modules are compulsory for BMus students.

Year 2 allows students the opportunity to begin specialising by introducing a number of optional modules as well as level 2 modules in the four core disciplines.

Year 3 enables students to focus their degree programme in one or more related areas of specialist interest with a broad range of advanced level modules. Placement presents students the opportunity to take part in an internship with a local music or arts organisation while the Project options allow students to pursue an independent course of research or practical work in a chosen field of musical study.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Three years full-time. Four-six years part-time.

Attendance
Two 12-week semesters annually for full-time students.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of BBC∆ at A2 to include B in Music.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profile (C grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Alternatives to A level Music: a recognised Diploma (e.g. LRAM, ARCM, LRSM, ARCO, LTCL, LGSM, LLCM, RIAM) OR Grade 8 practical together with Grade 8 theory (preferably at distinction) is required. Further alternative qualifications to satisfy the Music entry requirement are stipulated within the other qualifications sections,

Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned by Music as part of our entry criteria. Although we expect candidates to be able to demonstrate a high level of performing ability, at this stage we are evaluating potential as much as achievement.

BTEC

A minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points with DMM award profile to include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units. Acceptable Music awards = Performing Arts (Musical Theatre),Music and Music Technology (preferably with grade 5 Theory). Other Extended Diplomas will be considered if candidates can satisfy the A level Music subject requirement or equivalents.

Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

BTEC Diploma

The Diploma may be accepted in isolation or in combination with A levels (please ensure that Music subject requirements are satisfied). Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if one A level is offered with a Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for a B at A level with the Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the total tariff points).

280 = Distinction*, Distinction* (To include 10 distinctions)

260 = Distinction, Distinction* (To include 9 distinctions)

240 = Distinction, Distinction (To include 8 distinctions)

200 = Distinction, Merit (To include 7 distinctions)

180 = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

160 = Merit, Merit (To include 10 merits)

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA

The Subsidiary Diploma may be accepted in combination with A levels (please ensure that Music subject requirements are satisfied). Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a Subsidiary Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the Subsidiary Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the total tariff points).

140 = Distinction* (To include 5 distinctions)

120 = Distinction (To include 4 distinctions)

100 = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions)

80 = Merit (To include 5 merits)

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points based on an overall Irish Leaving Certificate minimum profile BBBCC at higher level to include B in Music. Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to Music grade B at Higher. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of AAAA∆ to include A in Music. Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to Music grade A at Higher. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final grade in the above grade profile (A grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum BBC∆ to include B in Music.Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to Music grade B at Advanced Higher. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final grade in the above grade profile (C grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 25 points to include 12 at higher level - 280 UCAS tariff points to include Music at HL5.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

You must satisfy the Music subject requirements for this course - see other sections for acceptable qualifications.

IN ADDITION:

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is as follows:

Overall average of 65%-69% - 280 UCAS tariff points.

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Overall pass in a related subject area, achieving merit or distinction in all of the 45 level 3 graded credits (plus English level 2 equivalences where required).

Please see the other qualifications sections for acceptable qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements for this course . Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the Music requirements for this course. Acceptable HND qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements are:

  • Music
  • Performing Arts (requires completion of Music strand).

Applicants holding a HND should achieve 120 credits at level 5 including a minimum of:

2 distinctions, 2 merits and 4 passes (for entry to Year 1).

Applicants holding a HNC will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall average of 50% in second year modules for Year 1 entry.

Please see the other qualifications sections for other acceptable qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements for this course . Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications.

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from a cognate course at another institution or year 2 entry via cognate HND* or Foundation Degree*) will be considered on an individual basis but should note that this process can be more difficult in subject combination programmes as both subjects must be satisfied.

* normally Year 2 entry requires applicants to hold grade 5 Theory or demonstrate equivalent proficiency (equivalency to be determined via interview audition).

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants from other institutions should apply via UCAS. Applications will be considered on their individual merits.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Studying music at Ulster prepares graduates for a range of careers both inside and outside of the music industry. Our students have been successful in establishing careers as composers and performers, studio engineers, teachers, community music leaders and many progress to postgraduate study at the University of Ulster and other domestic and international institutions. Meanwhile, the interdisciplinary opportunities afforded to music students across the subject areas at the School of Creative Arts and Technologies equips our graduates with a unique range of skills and experiences vital to any career in the creative industries that few other institutions can provide.

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs

Apply

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

For further information about this course, contact the School of Creative Arts and Technologies office on 0271 675 133 or Catherine Russell at c.russell@ulster.ac.uk.

For admissions queries contact arts@ulster.ac.uk