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Summary

The undergraduate music degree programme at the School of Creative Arts, Ulster University is based around four core elements: Performance, Composition, Musicology and Music Technology.
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. Musicology 1 and 2 both include strands in fundamental harmony while Performance Studies 1 and 2 include an Aural provision.

Note: BA students taking music as a major take Musicology and Performance Studies .

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. Musicology 3 and 4 – the only compulsory modules - both include strands in advanced harmony.

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.

BA students taking music as a major have a choice of all available modules with the exception of modules requiring prerequisites (Composition and Music Technology).

Degrees studied in combination come in a number of configurations, but a Major/Minor which is a 67% Major and a 33% Minor.

International Students

If you don't meet our entry requirements for this course you may want to consider our International Foundation Programme (IFP)

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) will prepare you for studying an undergraduate degree at Ulster.

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About this course

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About

Year 1 Semester I
Musicology 1
Performance Studies 1

Year 1 Semester II
Musicology 2
Performance Studies 2

Year 2 Semester I
Musicology 3
Performance Studies 3

Year 2 Semester II
Musicology 4
Performance Studies 4

Year 3 Semester I
Performance Studies 5
Music and Moving Image
Music in the Theatre
Sound Theory, Sound Practice
Project 1
Double Project

Year 3 Semester II
Performance Studies 6
Jazz in the United States
Placement
Project 2
Double Project
Conversations in Irish Traditional Music

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

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

Two 12 week semesters per academic year.

Start dates

  • September 2017
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 grades BBC∆ at A2 to include grade B in Music.

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

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

BTECNational Extended Diploma

Overall BTEC National Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of:

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 grade B or equivalent subject requirement.

BTEC National Diploma

The National Diploma may be accepted in combination with other qualifications. The subject requirement for this course is A level grade B or equivalent in Music. Where an applicant offers a profile of Diploma and an A level grade B Music then the Diploma should be achieved at BC equivalent at Diploma. If the Diploma is in an acceptable Music award then the A level may be achieved at grade C (see further below).

BB = Distinction, Merit (To include 7 distinctions)

BC = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA/NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

The Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate may be accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a 2 A-level and one SubDip profile then we ask for BB (to include Music) at A-level with the SubDip at the appropriate differential to satisfy the final A level grade C in the profile.

B grade = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions in level 3 units)

C grade = Merit (To include 5 merits in level 3 units )

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C ) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4 at higher level to include grade H3 in Music .

Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria. RIAM qualifications will also be considered in lieu of H3 Music.

Scottish Highers

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades

BBCCC∆ to include grade B in Music.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

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 Advanced Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades

CCD∆ to include grade C in Music.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to Music grade C at Advanced Higher. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of:

25 points to include 12 at higher level to include Music at HL5

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

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Please note that you must satisfy the requirement for Music grade B (or equivalent) for entry to this course. In addition:

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

An overall mark of 65%

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

Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 18 credits at distinction and 24 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits.

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.

GCSE

Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements.

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 subject requirements for this course (A level grade B or equivalent.

HND

Acceptable HND qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements are:

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

Applicants offering a HND should achieve an award with Merit for year 1 entry.

Candidates offering non-subject related HNDs will be considered if they achieve the Music subject requirements via other qualifications.

HNC

Acceptable HNC qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements are:

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

Applicants offering a HNC should achieve an award with Merit for year 1 entry.

Candidates offering non-subject related HNCs will be considered if they achieve the Music subject requirements via other qualifications.

Foundation Degree

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall mark of 50% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry.

Please see the other qualifications sections for alternative 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.

Advanced Entry

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 a course-related award plus a minimum of grade 5 Music Theory or demonstrate equivalent proficiency (equivalency to be determined via interview audition).

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)

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

Transfers - on an individual basis.

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

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more
International:
£13,240.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. 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

School of Creative Arts and Technologies

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5133

For admission queries please e-mail arts@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

Name: Luke Merritt

Course: Drama

Campus: Magee

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time

Background: I am a 21 year old second year Drama student from England. I love travelling and experiencing new life and culture - and that’s how I ended up in Ulster Uni!

Why did you choose Ulster?

I chose Ulster for the experience of moving away from my comfort zone; to try out a totally new environment far from home. I also enjoy the way the university helps me to shape my own learning - I can shape my career goals tailor the course to my needs/interests.

How do you think studying at Ulster has prepared you for your future career?(e.g. work placement, careers advice/guidance, opportunities available)

We have a lot of work where we work closely with others, so I’ve learnt about how to work on a professional level with a team. The course is challenging but a lot of fun; so I’ve learnt how to work to targets and under pressure. There’s always a sense that I’m part of a bigger community at this uni, that I am making some small difference, which I love.

Describe the support you have received at Ulster.(e.g. from lecturers, fellow students, support services, Students’ Union)

The students union have been great in helping me settle over the past year, with meet ups and events through the year. Lecturers have also supported me through tough times and think outside my usual zones - I always feel able to talk to someone if theres ever a problem.

What university facilities or resources do you find most useful and why?

I find the 24 hour computer labs hugely beneficial - sometimes you just need a bit of time in a lab environment to get some quiet work done and focus. The library is also really well stocked and helps me concentrate. I also love the fact we have access to the Foyle Arts building most of the time; it feels like our building, which really personalises this degree journey for me.

Why did you choose to study at Magee/Coleraine?(If you live in halls, describe what student accommodation is like.)

I love Derry as a city; it is vibrant, unique and steeped in culture and history. There is always something going on and I still haven’t seen it all, which I love! I love the challenge of studying at Ulster, and the academic and personal awards at the end of each semester!

Why would you recommend Ulster?

Ulster is a fresh, modern university that really does welcome everyone. They understand that their students want the opportunity to shape their own futures and they help every step of the way. They want their students to succeed beyond university and they really make me feel part of a community - a living uni world where everything is constantly changing!