Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
In your first year you will have four compulsory modules:
- History and Analysis (Baroque and Classical Music; Romantic and Twentieth-Century Music; Medieval and Renaissance Music; Popular and World Musics);
- Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint;
- Instrumental/Vocal Performance (including fully funded instrumental lessons on one or two instruments / voice);
- Paper and Studio Composition
- detailed description of first year modules
In addition, you will take one Widening Horizons Module, which will allow you to explore a subject in a different discipline, and you will have lots of opportunities to participate in ensemble performances.
In this year, in addition to compulsory modules in 'Critical Musicology' and 'Analysis of Music', you will chose from a wide range of optional second year modules, including the opportunity to continue to study Solo Performance (including fully funded instrumental lessons).
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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While taking more of the optional modules mentioned above, you can also specialise in solo performance by giving a recital; in composition by preparing a portfolio; in musicology by writing a dissertation; or in any two of these. As a final-year student you are required to take an independent study as a compulsory module in one of the following:
You can also put a particular emphasis on one of these subjects by choosing it as a Special Subject module.