Music BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)


January, September


Engage in the practice and theories of music, encounter a variety of styles and approaches, and choose your own specialisms from performance, composition, music technology and education. You’ll also have the chance to experience live performance, from solo work to large-scale orchestral and choral productions.

Full description


The practical and vocational skills you’ll gain from our Music course, combined with your particular specialisms, will help you stand out in the music industry. Our recent graduates enjoy successful careers as performers, composers, technologists, arts administrators and music teachers.

But the many other skills you gain, such as analysis, performance, composition, ensemble work and presentation, will be useful for a wide range of other roles too. Studying creative and performing arts will give you the ideal training for any position that requires quick thinking, self-reliance, imagination, teamwork and the ability to organise both yourself and others.

You might decide to use your talent to help others by taking our MA Music Therapy.

We have close links with many industry partners, including Cambridge Junction, where you can see theatre and musical acts; Hazard Chase, one of the leading international music management companies; and the Britten Sinfonia, one of Europe's most celebrated and innovative chamber orchestras.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

Year two, core modules

Year three, core modules

Year one, optional modules

Year two, optional modules

Year three, optional modules

Optional modules available all years


You’ll demonstrate your learning and progress through a mixture of performance, creative projects, presentations, portfolios, essays and your final-year Major Project, which may include creative work.

Through ongoing assessment, you’ll improve your ability to improvise, sight-read and think on your feet, as well as develop skills in reflective thinking, preparation, drafting, and revising your work. We’ll also encourage you to use self-help packages, particularly for aural training, and undertake an extensive listening programme.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

The Department of Music and Performing Arts is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.

We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.

We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus


Our Enterprise in the Creative Arts module will give you the opportunity to take up a work placement in Year 3. This could be in an area such as music education, instrumental teaching, artist management, marketing, recording and studio work, composition and events management.

Specialist facilities

You’ll work in our purpose-built music centre, which includes lecture and practice rooms, a recital hall featuring a new Steinway Model D, an extensive suite of computer music studios with workstation laboratories, digital editing studios and recording facilities. We also have the Mumford Theatre on campus, a full-size professional venue that regularly hosts touring companies and musicians.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students (per year)


International students, 2014/15 (per year)


International students, 2015/16 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements


Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.

Entry will normally also be subject to an interview/audition.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements are for September 2015 and January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

Get more information

UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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