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.
Music at Glasgow
What our students say
Name: Cemre Nationality: Cypriot
What year are you in? 4th.
What degree are you currently studying? Bachelor of Music with Honours.
Why did you choose this degree? I grew up in a musical family and I knew that I wanted to study music at university from a very young age.
What subjects did you study in first year? Music: BMus is a single study course.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Glasgow? Both the course content and the city were very appealing to me. I wanted a flexible course that allowed me to study different areas of music. I visited Glasgow a couple of times before I came to study here and I fell in love with its rich music scene and of course its sense of community.
What is your favourite module and why? That is a difficult question! Musical Culture through the Long 18th Century was one of the most interesting modules I took. Having the chance to interact with some of the most influential researchers and performers in this area, not only by attending their classes, but also dancing (or attempting to dance!), singing and chatting with them at the workshops and observing the original historical sources at the library made my learning experience very engaging.
What is the best thing about studying at the University of Glasgow? The approach of our lecturers. Rather than being expected to memorise some books, to compose in a certain way or to perfect a specific repertoire, I was always encouraged to think critically, creatively, and to explore the best of myself, through the pathway of modules I chose.
What do you want to do when you graduate? I want to work and travel for a while and then to start a postgraduate course in contemporary music practice.
What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming students? If you want to get the most out of your time at the university, always look for what is happening around you. Check the concert timetables, find performance opportunities, join a student club and try something completely new, volunteer, look for study abroad opportunities! There is something for everyone in Glasgow, enjoy it!
Name: Adam Nationality: British
What year are you in? 4th.
What degree are you currently studying? Music (MA) Single honours.
Why did you choose this degree? I chose the Music (MA) path to help me work out what I actually wanted from my degree and from life. The flexibility the degree path offers really gave me the freedom to study anything and everything that interested me.
What subjects did you study in first year? Music, Philosophy and English.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Glasgow? To be somewhere new but not too far from my family in Aberdeen. Being in a city so known for its music scene was exciting and the University is so gorgeous, with a great reputation.
What is your favourite module and why? The composition course as its tutors are so passionate and diverse that every day is just as exciting (and often crazy) as every other. Being in an environment where you’re encouraged to just be yourself and do what you want to do is so creatively freeing and I’ve grown so much artistically and personally because of it.
What is the best thing about studying at the University of Glasgow? The community feeling of the University, be it a subject area, or a society, there’s a sense of community everywhere. What do you want to do when you graduate? I’d like to compose and work in the field of music, and hopefully some research or lecturing along the way!
What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming students? Be yourself. In both your life in and out of the classroom. Take creative chances, do things that interest you. You came to study for yourself, try new things, and take classes you’re excited by. Grow. The worst that can happen is you learn!
Music facilities within the School of Culture and Creative Arts include three studios, the Audio Lab, a small library and a number of seminar and practice rooms. The School also has preferential access to the University Concert Hall.
Student work experience opportunities
Each year there are opportunities for students to gain work experience working either as the librarian in the School library or as an intern in the suite of studios, assisting with production work and carrying our admin and maintenance tasks.
Music club Glasgow University
Music Club is a student-run umbrella organisation comprising of a number of student-run music groups. All the groups are open to any ability and no auditions are necessary. The club is friendly and social, with most groups going for post-rehearsal drinks, and regular social events spanning the whole club. With five different ensembles and five concerts, as well as an end of year ball and a residential trip, music club is a relaxed and friendly way
of playing music while meeting some great people! For more information visit: gumusicclub.com
You will take courses in:
- Listening in culture
- Listening through analysis
- Musical techniques.
You will also take one course from topics such as:
- Aesthetics and philosophy of music
- Jazz and blues
- Romantic song
- J S Bach.
You will take courses in:
- Musical techniques
You will also choose to study other topics such as:
- Sonic arts
- Aesthetics and musical culture
- Jazz and blues
- Romantic song
- J S Bach
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, please see: Student 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.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019
About entry requirements
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 are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition 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.
For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.
A-levels and International Baccalaureate
The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
- Standard academic entry requirements: ABB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Other mandatory requirements: A-level Music or Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 Theory. Grade 8 ABRSM practical exams. Audition.
- Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAB.
- Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAB.
- Other mandatory 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 academic entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB
- Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AABB-BBBBB
- Adjusted mandatory requirements: Higher Music at Grade B or ABRSM Grade 5 Theory. Required performance level is Merit in Grade 8 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music practical exams. Audition.
- Standard academic entry requirements: 34 points.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
- Other mandatory requirements: Audition.
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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* 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.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited 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: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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.
The BMus degree provides a strong foundation for careers in performance, composition, research and teaching, music administration, journalism, publishing and librarianship. It provides an unusual breadth of strong transferable skills which are applicable to a wide range of careers outside of music.
Fees and funding
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 in recent years.
RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.more information
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).more information
African Excellence Scholarship (IE Abroad)
The University of Glasgow is offering 1 exclusive scholarship to students from either South Africa or Zimbabwe who have been supported in their application by our representative in these countries – IE Abroad. The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake an undergraduate programme excluding Medicine or Dentistry.more information
Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2019 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.more information
The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.more information
Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust
The Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust offers bursaries of £500-£3000 to students experiencing financial hardship. As a University of Glasgow student, you are eligible to apply if you have your ordinary residence in Scotland or outside the United Kingdom, and are either an undergraduate in your second year or above, or a postgraduate pursuing a taught or a research degree.more information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
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 www.ucas.com 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.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- 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
- 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.
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.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
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