University of Huddersfield Music

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University of Huddersfield Music

Our BMus(Hons) Music courses were awarded 95% for overall satisfaction by our final-year students last year – Best in Yorkshire for Music!

Music BMus(Hons) 2016-17

You’re looking for a practically and creatively driven Music course, with a dynamic staff including professional musicians. Our outstanding facilities and considerable size enable you to experience music-making of many styles. You’ll have the opportunity to develop transferable skills from participating in orchestras, choirs, bands, through creative work and your own research. The optional placement year could give you the edge in your chosen career in music.

  • You’ll be based in the Creative Arts Building, with its purpose-built facilities of practice rooms, rehearsals and recording studio and the Phipps Concert Hall, complete with replica Baroque organ.
  • You’ll be taught by enthusiastic staff – many of whom are recognised nationally and internationally in their chosen specialisms – and by a team of part-time instrumental and vocal teachers from regional and national orchestras, many of whom are distinguished solo performers.
  • Our courses are practically and creatively driven, giving you the opportunity to specialise in either composition, performance or musicology, or to follow a broad-based path of study combining any of these.
  • You’ll have plenty of opportunity to perform – in recitals, concerts, masterclasses or workshops. Recent masterclass guests include Emma Kirkby (voice), Rod Franks (trumpet), Martin Roscoe (piano) and Wissam Boustany (flute).
  • As a composer you’ll have opportunities throughout your course to hear your work performed by professionals – recent workshop participants include vocal ensemble EXAUDI, Neil Heyde (cello), Richard Haynes (clarinet), Mark Knoop (piano) and the instrumental group ELISION.
  • If you’re a musicologist, you’ll be able to study the development of music across history, choosing from specialisms such as baroque music, experimental music or film music, studying the subject within its historical and cultural contexts.
  • Our optional placement year taken in Year 3 can add to your portfolio, which could give you the edge in your chosen career. You do not have to decide whether you wish to undertake a placement until your second year.
  • In 2015 we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience’.This represents one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.
  • Music scored 93% for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Satisfaction Survey, ranking it the best in Yorkshire.

“If you want a course that shapes you as an individual, led by a friendly and dynamic team of inspirational people who are not just lecturers but active, leading practitioners in their fields, then Huddersfield is the uni for you. And with the world’s leading contemporary music festival on your doorstep, what more could you ask for!” 
Tracy Bryant, Music in the Round, Winner of the RPS Award for Chamber Music and Song, and the David Bedford Award for Music Education “Huddersfield’s suite of BMus programmes provides a very rich set of opportunities for musicians wishing to study at degree level. Its BMus is orientated towards the education of the complete musician and provides an ideal balance of practical, professional and research-led approaches to musical study.”
 Professor Celia Duffy, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

What our external examiners say: “The curriculum … is at the forefront of current trends.” Dr Christopher Dingle “Huddersfield continues to be one of the leading music departments of choice for those wishing to study … contemporary composition. The spirit of experimentation and emphasis on technique [is clearly evident]. The course also provides solid support for students who wish to explore orchestration/arrangement and to work with particular ensemble line-ups, such as wind band.”
 Dr John Habron

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

•  BBB at A Level including a minimum grade B in Music or Music Technology

•  300 UCAS points including a minimum grade B at A Level in Music or Music Technology


•  Practical and theory music grades are accepted in the total points (see UCAS tariff).

•  Applicants intending to study instrumental or vocal performance must have reached at least Grade 8 standard of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or equivalent at entry and attend an audition.

For international students:

•  You should demonstrate your ability to play to approximately Grade 8 ABRSM standard and provide proof via a DVD, or a link to a url movie, or the actual exam. You’ll also be required to demonstrate your music theory ability, ideally to Grade 8 ABRSM (again this could come from the exam or from any piece of notation – for example, harmony exercises or compositions).