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A course for the modern musician.

Summary

Study Music with Irish at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

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

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.

Irish is available as a minor combination at Magee campus to supplement your major subject. This option enables you to advance your knowledge of the modern language and to learn about a range of aspects of the Irish literary tradition both historical and contemporary.

The University offers a comprehensive range of programmes in Irish in both part-time and full-time mode at a number of centres which serve a diverse constituency of students. The breadth of Irish language provision at Ulster and the practice amongst staff and students of the School of Irish Language and Literature of using Irish as a primary medium of communication reflects the University’s strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity within Northern Ireland. The University’s Irish programmes play a vital role in preserving, sustaining and celebrating Ireland’s Gaelic literary and linguistic heritage as well as serving the demands of the Irish language sector within the local and international job market.

Taking Irish as a minor will allow you to develop core language skills in our Irish Language and Culture modules while affording you the opportunity to sample a range of genres from the Irish literary tradition in our Irish literature offerings. You will not only acquire communicative skills but you will learn important analytical techniques and the capacity to form coherent arguments in both spoken and written form. A minor in Irish comprises of two from the total of six modules you complete per year (students take three modules in total each semester). These draw on extensive staff expertise and internationally-recognised research.

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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

Taking Irish as a minor will allow you to develop core language skills in our Irish Language and Culture modules while affording you the opportunity to sample a range of genres from the Irish literary tradition in our Irish literature offerings. You will not only acquire communicative skills but you will learn important analytical techniques and the capacity to form coherent arguments in both spoken and written form. A minor in Irish comprises of two from the total of six modules you complete per year (students take three modules in total each semester). These draw on extensive staff expertise and internationally-recognised research.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Three years full-time. Two 12 week semesters per academic year.

Start dates

  • September 2018
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 BBC∆ at A2 to include grade B in both Irish and Music.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the A level C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

The grade B in Music may be substituted by Music Board Grades to the same standard as defined by UCAS (NB Ulster will also accept RIAM grades as equivalent). 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

BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA

The BTEC National Extended Diploma entry requirement is a minimum of a 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 National Extended Diplomas will be considered if candidates can satisfy the A level Music subject requirement or via equivalent qualifications. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

BTEC National Diploma

The National Diploma may be accepted in combination with other qualifications - the subject requirements for both Music and Irish must be satisfied at grade B equivalent.

BC = Distinction, Merit (To include 5 distinctions)

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate

The Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate is commonly accepted in combination with other qualifications. Where A levels in Irish and Music at grade B are offered as part of a profile then a Subsidiary Diploma should offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the final A level grade C in the profile - see further below).

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

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

D grade = Merit (to include 4 merits in level 3 units)

Candidates must fulfill the subject requirements for Irish and Music; Irish may be satisfied via other qualifications.

∆ = 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 Irish and Music at grade H3. The Music subject requirement may also be satisfied via other equivalent qualifications. RIAM grade 8 will be considered in terms of equivalency with Music H3.

Scottish Highers

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is to include BBCCC∆, of which one grade B must be in Music. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications. The Music subject requirements may also be satisfied via equivalent qualifications.

∆ = 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

Scottish Advanced Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades CCD∆ to include Music at C grade. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish via other qualifications.The Music subject requirements may also be satisfied via equivalent qualifications.

∆ = 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.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 25 points to include 12 at higher level. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirements for Irish via other qualifications (IB Performance in Music at Higher will be considered).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

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

An overall mark of 65%. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for both Music and Irish via other qualifications.

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 15 credits at distinction and 21 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish and Music via other qualifications.

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

Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants holding a HND or HNC should achieve an overall Merit award (for entry to Year 1). Candidates may fulfill the subject requirements for Music and Irish via other qualifications.

Acceptable HND/HNC qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements are:

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

Applicants holding a HNC with overall Merit award will be considered on an individual basis for Year 1 entry only. Candidates may fulfill the subject requirement for Irish and Music via other qualifications.

Applicants studying on Ulster Foundation Degree courses should achieve an overall mark of 50% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry only. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish and Music via other qualifications.

Applicants who hold the Ulster University Diploma in Irish will be considered for year one entry but must also fulfill the subject requirements for Music.

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.

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 another institution) will be considered 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 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.

Students completing a course with Irish as a minor are well equipped to undertake postgraduate work in relevant areas of study. A degree containing a significant element of Irish equips you for the wide variety of careers that require advanced communicative skills, both written and oral, including teaching, broadcasting, translation, publishing, journalism, community development and civil service.

Apply

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

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Find out more about fees

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

Students visit the Gaeltacht for a week in the Autumn and in the Spring each year. The cost of each course is circa £125 to cover travel, accommodation, food, activities, excursions and classes.

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

For further information about this programme, contact the School of Creative Arts and Technologies:

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5133 or email Catherine Russell at c.russell@ulster.ac.uk.

For admission contact arts@ulster.ac.uk.