Course Overview

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Music BMus (Hons)

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

YEAR 1

You will take courses in:

  • Performance

  • Orchestration

  • Listening in culture

  • Listening through analysis

  • Musical techniques.

You will also take one course from topics such as:

  • Aesthetics and philosophy of music

  • Opera

  • Jazz and blues

  • Romantic song

  • J S Bach.

YEAR 2

You will take courses in:

  • Musical techniques

  • Composition.

You will also choose to study other topics such as:

  • Sonic arts

  • Aesthetics and musical culture

  • Jazz and blues

  • Romantic song

  • J S Bach

  • Performance.

YEARS 3 AND 4

In the later part of your degree your studies become more specialised. You can take your composition further or concentrate on performance or pursue the creative use of music technology through sonic arts. If music history and culture is of more interest to you there are courses in 20th-century music, film music, performance practice and the music of Scotland. You will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice under one-to-one supervision.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information,
pleaseseeStudent contract.

OUR INTERNATIONAL LINKS

You can spend up to a year of your degree studying abroad, normally in the third year. Previous students have chosen to study at the University of Miami, University of British Columbia, University of Illinois, Radford University, University of Melbourne and the University of California LA. See Study abroad.

eNTRY Requirements

A-levels

Standard entry requirements: ABB.

Minimum entry requirements: BBB.

Additional requirements: A-level Music or Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 Theory.
 

Required performance level is Merit in Grade 8 ABRSM practical exams. Audition.

About A-level entry requirements

A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.

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Highers

S5 standard entry requirements: AAAB.

S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.

S6 standard entry reequirementsAAAAAB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders.

Additional requirements: Higher Music at Grade B or Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 Theory.
 

Required performance level is Merit in Grade 8 ABRSM practical exams. Audition.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

Adjusted S5 standard entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB.

Adjusted S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.

Adjusted S6 standard entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB Considered for offer at BBBB.

Adjusted additional requirements: Higher Music at Grade B or above, OR Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 Theory.
 

Required performance level is Merit in Grade 8 ABRSM practical exams. Audition. 
 
Successful completion and grades in either the Top-Up Programme or Summer School.

About Higher entry requirements

SQA HIGHERS

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

ADVANCED HIGHERS

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find thetransition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

ADJUSTED ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

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