The study of Music encompasses performance, music history, composition, theory, analysis, music technology and ethnomusicology. The School of Creative Arts at Queen's has a rich tradition of high-quality teaching and research in all these areas.
Facilities: the School of Creative Arts has two major recital venues, excellent recording facilities, a collection of percussion and keyboard instruments, and world-class electronic and computer music facilities.
Partnerships: the School has partnerships with the Ulster Orchestra, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and the Moving on Music initiative. The School also organises the internationally-renowned Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music.
Placement: past students have gained work placement with organisations such as the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Orchestra.
Study Abroad: the School has an Erasmus agreement with the University of Athens in Greece. There are also opportunities to study in Canada, the USA and Australia.
As a basis for specialisation in performance, composition and musicology, students take modules in music history, harmony and analysis.
Includes four core modules in Harmony and Music History, plus two optional modules chosen from:
(Optional modules may be from another subject altogether)
Includes two core modules in Analysis and History, plus four optional modules chosen from:
(Up to two optional modules may be in another subject)
At Level 3, students take at least one module in a Music History special subject, plus a range of options chosen from:
(Up to two optional modules may be in another subject)
The Composition, Dissertation and Performance modules can be double weighted.
Students may also undertake a work placement in a musically-related field.
For module descriptions: choose your subject area from the dropdown list (please note that the modular system used at Queen's allows students access to a wide range of teaching across related subjects where appropriate eg Accounting includes modules from within the subjects of Economics and Finance)
In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.
A-level: 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.
Further Information: 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.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level): B2B2B2B2CC/B2B2B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade B2 in Music. Where Higher Level Music is not offered then Higher Level grades B2B2B2B2CC/B2B2B2B2B2 plus Grade VIII Theory of Music (ABRSM, Trinity-Guildhall or LCM (not Popular Music Theory)) would be acceptable.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science.
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 course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:
See also Music Technology and Sonic Arts
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At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the Bachelor of Music degree a range of learning experiences are provided which enable students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. More specifically, the BMus lays a firm foundation for students who wish to pursue a career in music such as performing, composing, researching, teaching and many others. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment: The ways in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations, which, in the case of Music, may take the form of a listening test. Practical modules include an end-of-year performance which, in the case of Year 3 students, takes the form of a public recital. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Outline Document which is provided to all students
Feedback (general): 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:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.<< ENTRY REQUIREMENTS CAREERS >>
Studying for a BMus degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
BMus graduates have found employment in many different fields within music. These include performance, composition, teaching, academia, arts administration, music therapy, journalism, broadcasting and publishing.
Due to the diverse range of skills developed on the BMus, graduates are also highly sought after in professions unrelated to music. Recent graduates have embarked on careers in fields as varied as finance, public relations, and charity work overseas. Many students also apply the skills they develop through the degree entrepreneurially to create their own work opportunities and the University runs a number of extra-curricular programmes in entrepreneurship.
Our past students have gained work placement with organisations such as:
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including the following:
Further study, including Masters programmes, is also an option.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.<< LEARNING AND TEACHING CONTACT US >>
Students performing at their recital concerts: