BMus Bachelor of Music (UCAS Code: W302)
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BBB including A-level Music grade B.
Grade VIII Theory of Music (ABRSM, Trinity-Guildhall or LCM (not Popular Music Theory)) is acceptable in lieu of A-level Music.
AS-level Music is not acceptable in lieu of A-level Music.
Irish Leaving Certificate
B2B2B2B2CC/B2B2B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade B2 in Music.
Grade VIII Theory of Music (ABRSM, Trinity-Guildhall or LCM (not Popular Music Theory)) is acceptable in lieu of Higher Level Music.
Applicants should indicate in the ‘education’ section of the UCAS application the highest grade achieved in Practical and Theory Music examinations as well as any such exams they intend to complete. If an applicant has completed Grade VIII Practical this may be taken into account in August in deciding borderline cases.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click here
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The study of Music encompasses music-making, music history, composition, analysis of compositional techniques, 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.Back to top
As a basis for specialisation in performance, instrumental and electroacoustic composition and musicology, students take modules in music history, harmony and analysis which support the development of a thorough understanding of core areas of music.
Level 1 includes Fundamental Harmony and Repertory modules covering Classical, Romantic and 20th-century music with options such as Performance, Composition, Music Technology and up to two modules in another subject such as Ethnomusicology.
Level 2 includes a further Repertory module (Music before 1750) and Classical Analysis. Optional modules include:
Traditional Irish Music
Writing About Music
and up to two modules in another subject
Level 3 provides the opportunity to focus on Composition, Performance, Dissertation, and a wide range of historical modules including:
American Popular Song 1860-1940
Bach's Choral Works
Beethoven's Late Works
Opera in England from Purcell to Handel
The History of Electronic Music
Traditional Irish Music
Types of assessment on the programme include written exams, recitals, composition portfolios, dissertations and projects, listening tests, learning journals and weekly exercises.Back to top
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.Back to top
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:
You should consult www.creative-choices.co.uk, www.getintolivemusic.org and the Prospects website for more information concerning the types of jobs that attract Music graduates. 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.Back to top
Facilities: the School of Creative Arts has two recital venues, which are major centres for performance in Northern Ireland, excellent recording facilities, a collection of percussion and keyboard instruments, and electronic and computer music facilities, which are among the best in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, one of the key new music festivals in Europe.
Study Abroad: the School has an exchange programme with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.Back to top