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Music

BA (Hons) - single BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) - combined

School of Arts

Studying Music at Oxford Brookes will enable you to construct a programme of work around your passions and interests. We cover popular music and contemporary composition as well as fresh and challenging approaches to classical music. Our programme strikes a balance of academic and vocational skills, preparing our graduates for a wide range of careers in the music industry and beyond.

Oxford Brookes has many music societies, offering excellent extra-curricular performance opportunities. Oxford is home to leading historic and contemporary concert venues, where you can perform and enjoy a wide range of music.

Please note that the following course combinations will not be available for September 2018:

  • Music/Computer Science
  • Music/Drama
  • Music/Education Studies
  • Music/English Literature
  • Music/Film Studies
  • Music/Fine Art
  • Music/History
  • Music/History of Art
  • Music/Japanese Studies
  • Music/Mathematics
  • Music/Philosophy
  • Music/Psychology
  • Music/Publishing Media

Typical offers

A-level: BCC or equivalent

IB Diploma: 29 points

BTEC: DMM

UCAS points: 104

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Headington Hill

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: 5 - 8 years

UCAS code

W300

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • We take a creative and critical view of the study of music, combining practice-based and theoretical approaches. Our students grow into confident, well-rounded and self-reflective graduates.
  • We encourage our students to be adventurous in discovering new repertoires and ways of thinking about music, and we foster a lively spirit of enquiry. We embrace different kinds of music and sound, and engage in contemporary debates with an open mind.
  • Our music students benefit from workshops with professional performers and ensembles. We encourage you to develop as performers and composers in a wide range of styles and genres, to showcase your music in many different venues, and to take it into the community.
  • Work placements are built into the course, helping you to launch your career in the music industry and beyond with a portfolio of professional and vocational skills. The programme benefits from our music industry advisory board.
  • All music lecturers are internationally recognised specialists in their fields. We research divers topics and reach out to wider audiences, eg through appearances on BBC Radio 3, while our composers curate the annual audiograft festival in Oxford and have their works featured at international events including the Venice Biennale and Zurich Digital Art Weeks.
In a recent evaluation of our course, the external examiner reported: "Brookes has in its Music Department a distinctive, not to say unique unit, delivering a very wide range of skills, disciplines and learning outcomes... to a very high level. The university should congratulate it on this and recognise what a strong sense of identity the department projects. Its ethos is clear, considered and brave in today's safety-driven sector."

The Music course is structured to provide considerable choice and flexibility so that you can build an individual and coherent programme of work to suit your interests. 

The study of music broadly falls into three areas:

  • Musicology (ie the reading, writing and thinking about music)
  • Composition
  • Performance

While the first year offers a solid foundation in all three areas, the programme in the second and third year is more flexible and can be tailored to individual interests and strengths.

Through the various modules, which are listed below, we cover the following aspects of musical studies:

  • notation, harmony and musical analysis
  • music history, from the Middle Ages to the present, including 19th-century opera, 20th-century avant-garde art, popular and film music
  • composition, whether notation-based, electronic or multimedia
  • solo and group performance.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may vary from the ones shown here.

Year 1

The first year of the Oxford Brookes music degree sets out to mediate between students' very diverse experiences of music before coming to university and what will follow in Years 2 and 3 of the course. It divides into several modules, including:

  • Introduction to Western Music History: 1800 to the Present (compulsory)
  • Introduction to Contemporary Composition (compulsory)
  • Notation and Harmony (compulsory for single honours)
  • Introduction to Popular Music (compulsory for single honours)
  • University Music Performance (double module, compulsory for single honours)
  • Case Studies in Music History: The Middle Ages to 1800
  • Musicianship

Years 2 and 3

In the second and third year of the course students can design an individual programme which plays to their strength. The modules to choose from are as follows:

  • Creative Approaches to Contemporary Composition (alternative compulsory)
  • Electroacoustic Composition and Sonic Art (alternative compulsory)
  • Creative approaches to Electronic Music
  • Composition for Visual Media
  • History, Music and Ideas (alternative compulsory)
  • Popular Music and Society (alternative compulsory)
  • Film Music
  • Music Education Pedagogy
  • Opera and Politics
  • Words and Music
  • Special Study in Musicology
  • Music Theatre Practice
  • Ensemble Performance (alternative compulsory)
  • Music Independent Study or Solo Performance 1
  • Music Independent Study or Solo Performance 2 (honours module)
  • Music Analysis: Case Studies, Concepts, Critique (honours module)
  • Professional Practice (honours module)
  • Music Dissertation (honours module, alternative compulsory)
  • Composition Portfolio (honours module, alternative compulsory)

The following 'pathways' offer some suggestions of how you can select your own programme, depending on your interests.

If your previous experience has mainly been in classical music and you want to pursue it further, this is what your ‘pathway’ through the second and third year of music programme might look like.

  • If you are interested in the ways that music history, and the writing about music history have been shaped by ideologies and fashions, then History, Music and Ideas should interest you. 
  • If you want to find out more about music for the stage or screen, Opera and Politics and Film Music investigate it critically, while Music Theatre Practice is more practice-based and experimental.
  • Words and Music usually focuses on vocal music from the past, and Special Study in Musicology also offers opportunity to explore historical topics. 
  • Music Analysis starts with staples of the classical repertoire, such as Mozart’s piano sonatas or Haydn’s string quartets, and you can select a piece of your choice for your main essay. 
  • In the final year, Professional Practice offers opportunities for career development. You can do an internship, for example as a teaching assistant or with the concert organisers ‘Music at Oxford’. 
  • Dissertation offers scope for an extended individual study. Topics are very diverse, ranging from Beethoven’s piano sonatas to the politics of Italian romantic opera to Debussy's creative strategies. 
  • If you want to develop your performance skills beyond the first year, Ensemble Performance encourages you to form your own ensemble, eg a string quartet or a vocal trio with piano accompaniment. You can also continue to hone your skills as a solo performer (subject to audition) through the Solo Performance options of the Music Independent Study.

If your previous experience has mainly been in rock, pop, jazz or folk music and you want to pursue it further, this is what your ‘pathway’ through the second and third year of the music programme might look like.

  • If you want to investigate the ways that writing about rock music is influenced by politics and culture, then Popular Music in Society should interest you. 
  • If you want to find out more about music for the stage or screen, Film Music covers the historical and musicological side, while Music Theatre Practice is practice-based and experimental. 
  • Special Study in Musicology offers opportunity for further study of contemporary music and has covered a wide range of topics in the past, including music journalism and music and the media.
  • In the final year, Professional Practice offers opportunities for career development - students have worked in concert management, music journalism and as performers and concert organisers.
  • Music Analysis students often choose to focus on examples from the rock and pop repertory. 
  • Dissertation offers scope for an extended individual study. Topics are diverse, ranging from recent rock criticism to female singer-songwriters to a close analysis of the guitar solos of Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. 
  • If you want to develop your performance skills beyond the first year, Ensemble Performance encourages you to form your own ensemble, eg a rock or a bluegrass band. You can also continue to hone your skills as a solo performer (subject to audition) through the Solo Performance options of Music Independent Study.

Composition is at the heart of musical study – the creation of new sound-worlds, the combination of conventional and experimental sound sources, the expansion of timbral possibilities, and the search for new forms. Composition at Oxford Brookes provides you with a chance to experiment, to explore sound-making and to re-examine the experience of the listener.

  • In the second year at Brookes you can take two ‘double’ modules: Creative Approaches to Contemporary Composition, and Electroacoustic Composition and Sonic Art. In the first module you compose a whole series of compositions, culminating in writing for a professional ensemble, who workshop the compositions and perform them in an end-of-term concert. Electroacoustic Composition and Sonic Art allows you to look at more esoteric electronic music and to develop a series of electronic compositions (including a soundtrack to a film).
  • You can learn how to write for film, television or video games in Composition for Visual Media or explore experimental approaches in Musical Theatre Practice.
  • Your Composition Portfolio can consist of a wide variety of work. Recently, students have composed music for film, electroacoustic music, concept albums, created their own musical instruments. There is also the opportunity to write for professional performers; recently for toy piano virtuoso Isabel Ettanauer, OKEANOS – an ensemble that mix traditional Japanese and Western classical instrumentation – and amplified ensemble [rout].
  • Key to the composition teaching at Oxford Brookes is a desire to equip composers with the conceptual and technical tools to take an active role in the pluralistic musical world of the 21st century. You will be urged to question the role of the composer – why do we need them and what is their function in contemporary musical culture? Throughout the course, you will be able to take advantage of a range of opportunities for performance by professional ensembles.
  • There is a committed and active community of composers at Brookes - including undergraduates, students on the MA in Composition and Sonic Art, PhD students, and staff, alongside the Sonic Art Research Unit, who recently collaborated with harpsichordist Jane Chapman. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students get involved in the annual audiograft festival.
  • Songwriting, which you can take as part of Professional Practice or as an Independent Study module, offers individual songwriters in bands, or singer-songwriters, the opportunity to develop a portfolio of new songs with guidance from a tutor. In addition, you study a particular songwriter of your choice or a theme in songwriting, while attempting in one song to imitate that repertory. Past studies have included Oasis, Elliot Smith, Syd Barrett, Aimee Mann, Seth Lakeman, and confessional female songs. Finally, the songwriter aims to get the songs heard through performances, for example in the weekly lunchtime concerts, and web and radio exposure.

Work placements

Work placements form an integral part of the music degree at Oxford Brookes. They take place as part of the Professional Practice module which enables students to consider their university studies in relation to the wide section of work which has, broadly speaking, 'something to do with music'.

In the age of the global, service-led economy there is a great range of diverse possibilities for music graduates, and the music programme at Oxford Brookes aims to demonstrate the potential of that range, in relation to individual aspirations and interests. 

Through the work placement students gather experience in a field of their choice, such as 

  • music education (primary and secondary schools)
  • vocal or instrumental tuition as a 'peripatetic' teacher
  • arts administration and management
  • music therapy
  • music journalism
  • recording and music publishing
  • research
  • portfolio as a professional performer

We collaborate with a number of regular placement partners, such as Oxford Contemporary Music, Music at Oxford, Soundabout, BBC Oxford and several primary and secondary schools. Students will have to cover the costs associated with a placement, eg travel or accommodation, but we have many local partners or alternatively support students to find placements near their home. Special credit is given to those who show initiative and self-organisation. 

In recent years, the work placement has led onto a full-time job with that employer for a number of students.

Field trips

The Opera and Politics module includes one trip to the opera house to see a cutting-edge production. Your course tuition fee covers the cost of this mandatory field trip. Music students are also welcome to join other field trips in the School of Arts.

The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see right for details) if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course. 

Study abroad

Every year a number of Oxford Brookes Music students spend one or two semesters at a university in another country. This is not a mandatory part of the programme but provides great opportunities to widen your horizon. Recently, Music students have studied in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in studying in a different country, our wide-ranging international contacts will help you to find a suitable place to study. You will be supported by the Subject Coordinator and the Oxford Brookes International Team in finding a suitable exchange university and to shape your programme of studies. 
 
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
 
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. Travel costs, accommodation and subsistence are not included in this funding.
 
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Attendance pattern

All teaching usually takes place from week 1 to week 11 each semester, with weeks 12 and 13 set aside for assessment. We make good use of the entire week, with rehearsals taking place in the early evening. 

We also encourage our students to engage with music during the vacation, especially when they are preparing a major composition project or dissertation.

Performance at Oxford Brookes

We have a varied portfolio of performance opportunities at Oxford Brookes and in any given year the amount of music-making is truly impressive. Just one semester can include everything from a motet by Thomas Tallis to the musical Footloose to Bruckner's Te Deum, or from a barbershop quartet to a rock band. In any academic year there are up to 50 concerts and gigs.

The Music department maintains the University Orchestra and Chorus and puts on a choral and orchestral concert every semester. This gives new students the chance to meet and perform with each other, as well as with second- and third-year students. There is also an auditioning chamber choir that performs demanding a cappella repertoire. For pop musicians we put on a 'Big Night Out' at which student bands can display their talent in an Oxford venue. They also frequently perform on campus or across Oxford.

Further opportunities are provided by several music societies including a Jazz Band, an Early Music Society, an Opera Society, and the musical theatre societies Fortune Players and Fortune Singers.

Smaller-scale, medium-sized groups appear from time to time depending on student interest. Students are of course also encouraged to form their own ensembles or groups to enhance their musical experience at Oxford Brookes.

Lunchtime concerts are held weekly, providing a forum for soloists, small groups and bands. We've taken our music to a number of venues, including our Harcourt Hill Campus with its pretty New England-style chapel. Concerts of chamber music and classical solo recitals are held at Headington Hill Hall on campus, as well as in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building and the Holywell Music Room, the oldest concert venue in England. Bands have played at the Bullingdon and the Brookes Union. We also make use of the new spaces on the Headington Campus, especially the Green Room in Headington Hill Hall, the gallery 'The Glass Tank' and the John Henry Brookes Building's forum.

All of these activities are open to music students, but also to students from other subjects. For the music students, we have converted much of this activity into various forms of academic credit: participation in the large-scale ensembles informs the first-year Music Performance module; small-scale groups (eg chamber ensembles, vocal groups, rock bands) can take the advanced module Ensemble Performance after the first year; while students can opt to present a solo performance under the auspices of the Solo Performance modules.

Additional costs

As part of the performance modules, the Music department pays for instrumental and vocal tuition and ensemble coaching. Students are expected to maintain their own instruments and if necessary travel to their vocal / instrumental coach. There are no other costs connected with performing.

Computers with the programmes needed for composition and music production are available in the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Some students choose to buy a laptop and software when they begin to compose digitally but this is not mandatory and free student licences are available for much of the software. An optional laptop and software would cost approximately £500-£1200.

There are no compulsory books to purchase because the library is very well stocked and the direction of your reading is very individual due to the diverse nature of the course. We encourage students to suggest books, recordings and scores for the library to purchase. Some lecturers recommend text books, but there will always be a sufficient number of library copies. Many students choose to purchase specific books to support their interests so you can expect to spend £25 - £150 on books each year.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning take a variety of forms at Oxford Brookes, catering for different learning styles and individual strengths. As well as traditional lectures, there are:

  • Seminars to provide a forum for collective discussion. They are important because they help you to clarify your ideas and enable you to gain confidence in oral communication. 
  • Workshops, which are used in creative modules involving composition or performance. 
  • Tutorials, where you collaborate closely with a supervisor of your choice, are the main mode of study for the third-year project, which can be either a written dissertation or a portfolio of compositions.

All core modules are taught by scholars who are active researchers in their chosen fields. This means that we approach teaching in a spirit of shared discovery and inquiry, and we encourage our students to be similarly open to new ideas, concepts and musical repertoires.

Instrumental and vocal tutors

A number of widely respected and well-qualified vocal and instrumental tutors teach Oxford Brookes students on a one-to-one basis. 

In the Music Performance module in Year 1, you will be assigned a teacher for your choice of instrument. With your tutor you can develop your skills on your principal instrument or voice. This working relationship can continue through the Solo Performance modules (subject to audition). 

We also offer conducting as an option in your first year or as an Independent Study module. If you opt for Ensemble Performance in Year 2, your ensemble will receive group tuition in a workshop format. Ensembles can perform in any of a wide range of musical genres, from string quartet to vocal trio to hard rock band.

Approach to assessment

All assessment within the Music degree is carried out continuously through coursework which provides you with constant feedback for future work. 

Formative feedback, eg draft submissions or tutorials, is also built into several modules. 

The written essay is the most common format in music history and musicology, while composition is assessed by a portfolio of creative work.

In performance-related modules you will put together your own recital, ranging from a song recital in a historical venue to a gig at the Big Night Out. 

Some modules are assessed by class tests, others may involve you in group work such as a debate or creating a podcast.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250

Home/EU - cost per module: 2017/18: £750 per single module

International - full time: 2017/18: £12,890

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Undergraduate fee levels for 2018/19 have not yet been announced by the government and are therefore yet to be confirmed. Oxford Brookes University intends to continue to set fees at the maximum level permitted for new and returning Home/EU students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

A-Level: BCC or equivalent

IB Diploma: 29 points

BTEC: DMM

UCAS points: 104

A-level: BCC or equivalent

International Baccalaureate: 29 points

BTEC: DMM

Offers can also include music qualifications that attract UCAS Tariff Points (eg ABRSM, Trinity / Guildhall, Rock school) in place of an A level.

Following your audition with us, if you have demonstrated your work is of sufficiently high standard the University may decide to make you a conditional offer. If you accept this offer as firm choice by 4 May 2017, we will make this offer unconditional. If you accept this offer as your insurance choice we will not make this offer unconditional until you have met the conditions. Please note that consumer protection legislation provides for a 14 day cooling-off period. This means that after you accept our offer as firm choice it will be 14 days before we make the offer unconditional.

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry look very different from 2016 entry - the 2017 BCC equivalent for this course will be 104 UCAS points for 2017. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Other typical offers include:

  • BC at A-level (including Music) and CC at AS-level
  • BC at A-level and Music Grade exams of 7 in Practical and 5 in Theory

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Specific entry requirements

We do not insist on a Music A-level but welcome applicants with a wide range of experiences and expertise in music, whether from 'classical' or 'pop' music backgrounds. However, applicants must demonstrate engagement with and study of music equivalent to Music Grade exams of 7 in Practical and 5 in Theory. Examples include: A level Music Grade C, BTEC Music Technology Merit, 6 points in Music in the IB Diploma.

Candidates with non-traditional qualifications and experiences, eg those returning to university after a career in a different field, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants for combined honours Music may be made an offer with a lower performance and/or theoretical requirement as their degree syllabus is usually less reliant on performance skills.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Applicants for single honours Music will normally be invited to attend an audition. You will be asked to present a piece of written work and, if you want to specialise in composition, a sample of your creative work. There will also be a short aural test.

In order to demonstrate your skills as a performer, we ask you to prepare a short piece for audition (3-5 minutes). Although we offer a route through the degree that does not include direct assessment of performance, in most cases we prefer to hear you perform at audition in order to help assess your level of musicianship. However, in exceptional circumstances the performance aspect of the audition can be waived.

Candidates who have not taken Grade 5 Theory will also be asked to sit a short written music theory test.

The most important part of the day is the opportunity for you to talk about your musical experiences, your expectations from the course and your plans for the future.

Applicants for combined honours Music will not normally be invited to an audition but will receive an offer based on the strength of their academic attainments and evidence of experience of studying music.

Once you have received an offer to study Music at Oxford Brookes, you will be invited to return for the annual Applicant Day in March.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Full-time students should apply through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

International applications

International students who are unable to attend an interview will need to submit a piece of written work, preferably in English, and either a portfolio of compositions or a recording of a recent performance. This will be requested by the Admissions Team once the application has been received.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford has a dynamic music scene with music from across the spectrum. It is home to historic concert venues such as the Sheldonian Theatre and the Holywell Music Room (England's first concert hall), but also a thriving pop, rock and jazz scene.

Brookes Music students have the opportunity to hone their performance skills in a wide range of venues in Oxford, from new music in the O2 Academy to chamber music in the Holywell Music Room.

For their final-year dissertation project, Brookes Music students can gain access to the resources of the world-renowned Bodleian Library.

The musical venues in London, eg the English National Opera, the Wigmore Hall or Southbank Centre, can easily be reached by coach.

Specialist facilities

Our music facilities are situated in the Richard Hamilton Building, which includes two lecture rooms, seven practice rooms including a band room, acoustically isolated studios and a music editing suite. These facilities are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to music students. Several practice and seminar rooms are equipped with grand pianos, including a Steinway in the Green Room in historic Headington Hill Hall, and a Yamaha concert grand in the Harcourt Hill Chapel. There are organs on the Wheatley and Harcourt Hill campuses, and the department owns three drum kits, a range of percussion instruments as well as bass and guitar amplifiers. Students can store their instruments and amplifiers in a secure locker room. 

 

The department has three electroacoustic studios, two of which can be combined in a multi-studio format when required for large-scale recordings. A selection of microphones from AKG, Beyerdynamic, Rode, Sennheiser and Shure are available for booking along with the studios. 

Studio 1:

  • Avid Pro-Tools HD and Apple Logic recording/editing systems on Apple Mac hardware
  • 5.1 Genelec monitoring system with option for Dolby Atmos format mixing
  • Synthesizers include Kurzweill K2000, Roland Fantom and EMU Proteus systems

Studio 2: 

  • Avid Pro-Tools and Apple Logic recording/editing systems on Apple Mac hardware
  • Genelec 1038 stereo monitoring system
  • Vintage keyboards include a Hammond Organ and an EMS VCS-3 analogue synthesizer.
  • Various backline including drum kit, guitar and bass amplifiers, etc.

Software includes Avid Pro-Tools, Adobe Audition, Logic, CDP, Kontakt, Pure Data, CSound, Sibelius, Cycling '74 MAX, GRM.

 

The Digital Edit Suite features iMacs with:

  • Fully compatible with windows hard-drives*
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Edition (including Adobe Audition)
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Garage Band
  • Audacity and MPEGStreamclip Freeware

Richard Hamilton Building is equipped with wireless internet access.

The University library, located across the road at Gipsy Lane, is well stocked with music books, scores, CDs, DVDs and videos. The library also offers access to a wide range of e-books, electronic journals and databases which are indispensable for advanced study in music. 

Students are trained to use the library's music resources from their first semester on progressively until the final-year dissertation. Our dedicated subject librarian is always happy to help with student questions. All Oxford Brookes students undertaking research may also apply to join the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

Our graduates are good team players and team leaders, who have taken up positions in the record industry and the media, arts administration, teaching, the civil service and business. Others have continued their study at postgraduate level.

 

A music degree develops general skills appropriate for careers where a lively, questioning and organised mind is required, whether inside the 'music industry' or in other areas of work. 100% of our graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.

Recently music graduates from Brookes have found employment with:

  • Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (business management)
  • Welsh National Opera (performance)
  • concert promoters Music at Oxford and Oxford Contemporary Music
  • administrative and managerial roles at the Royal Academy of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)
  • international publishing companies such as Faber Music, Boosey & Hawkes and Oxford University Press
  • secondary schools in the region and beyond, eg Merchants' Academy Bristol and Didcot Girls School
  • BBC Radio.

Further study

A growing number of our undergraduate students continue studying at university after they have graduated, demonstrating the academic excellence of the music programme. Many opt for a PGCE, while others study on MA and PhD level. 

Oxford Brookes offers its own MA Music  with four specialist pathways and the opportunity to study for a PhD in musicology or composition.