University of Westminster

Course Introduction

The University of Westminster has a strong reputation and links with leading popular music centres around the world, and the amazing success of our staff and alumni networks remains one of the core strengths in our provision of opportunities for our graduates. Music courses are based at our state'of'the'art Harrow Campus, one of the main media education campuses in Europe, where facilities include 12 professional recording studios, a new teaching recording studio, and an array of television, post'production, radio, film, video and multimedia facilities. Crucially, you will have plenty of studio time and access to professional equipment as you need it. The University also owns and operates MusicTank (musictank.co.uk), the business development network for the UK music industry, and Faculty Music Media, an independent record and media company.

Course Modules

Year 1: Commercial score'writing and arranging 1; digital music technology; performance and style: international and cross cultural music; performance and style: the contemporary mainstream; recording and technology: the contemporary mainstream; recording technology: music and media; the songbook; business for creative people; law and the music market; principles of music marketing; the anatomy of the music industry; tour management and the live music industry; music and its audiences; music research project. Year 2: Commercial score'writing and arranging 2; ensemble performance 1 and 2; innovation and new music; music and sound design for media and virtual environments; music for film and broadcast media; negotiated music project; the single package; the songbook 2; international music markets; marketing music repertoire; music entrepreneurship; music publishing and rights management; negotiated music project; negotiations and current affairs in the music industry; music video theory; pop music and culture. Year 3: Commercial music major project 1 and 2; industry brief; thesis; work experience.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level CCC
  • SQA Higher CCCC
  • International Baccalaureate 26
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma PMM

Key Course Information

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61% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 16%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 100%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 90%

£17,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 80
Studying 5
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 15
Unknown 5

51% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 93%

Total Practical: 7%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation