Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The Music department received the highest rating for research in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. You will benefit from Royal Holloway's long'standing international reputation for the study of early music. You will have access to major performance spaces on campus as well as several music technology spaces with the latest industry'standard hardware and software. You can choose from a wide range of performance opportunities including the chamber orchestra, the sinfonietta (for new music) and the big band. Many graduates go on to thriving careers as musicians, as music, dance and drama teachers, and as technicians and managers in the audio'visual industries.

Course Modules

Year 1: theory and analysis; practical musicianship; creative composition techniques; practical composition skills; a very short history of music; introduction to historical musicology; introduction to world music; contemporary debates in music; solo performance; creative ensemble performance. Year 2: studies in music analysis; studies in composition; studies in music history; studies in ethnomusicology; studies in music, media and technology; practical performance. Year 3: composition; musicology; theory and analysis; performance.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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90% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 93%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 92%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 80%

£16,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 30
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 10

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 36%

Total Coursework: 44%

Total Practical: 20%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation