Music BMus


The BMus is a single-subject degree for those who are interested in pursuing a career in music. It provides a strong grounding in core disciplines and allows you to pursue your specialist interests in third and fourth years.

You will be given a bursary towards the cost of private instrumental or vocal tuition.

Programme structure

Year 1

You will take courses in:

  • musicianship
  • performance
  • listening and repertory
  • orchestration
  • 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 philosophy of music
  • musical culture in the long 19th century
  • 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 can also take the dissertation option, which allows you to pursue a research topic of your choice.

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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016



  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Music. Required performance level is at a Merit in Grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music practical exams. ABRSM Grade 5 Theory will be considered in place of A-level Music. Audition and interview.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAB by the end of S6.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: There are no minimum requirements that must have been met by the end of S5.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Music. Required performance level is at a Merit in Grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music practical exams. ABRSM Grade 5 Theory will be considered in place of Higher Music. Audition and interview.

See Access Glasgow for pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None

Admission to the BMus is subject to an audition and interview in addition to meeting qualification requirements. 

Interview and audition

Admission to the BMus is subject to an audition and interview in addition to meeting qualification requirements. In order to be called for an interview, students must demonstrate a playing ability of ABRSM Grade 8 Merit. Applicants are encouraged to give a full and specific account of their musical interests in their UCAS personal statements and be prepared to discuss these at the interview.

For audition, applicants are requested to prepare two short pieces to a total duration of approximately 10 minutes. At least one of these should be from the Western classical repertoire.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

The BMus degree provides a sound foundation for careers in music administration, journalism, publishing, performance, composition, librarianship, research and teaching. It also provides strong transferable skills applicable to a wide range of careers outside music.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Music: W302

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.