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Create, develop and experiment with music that you’re passionate about. This flexible music degree is designed to cultivate your interests and ambitions.
This contemporary course covers all areas of music from practice to technology and history to theory. You'll cover topics from classical to film music and beyond. In your first year you'll study:
- and recording.
You can then decide to specialise in a particular area or take a mixture of modules.
On this course you’ll gain experience in the music industry. A work placement in your second year and live projects for real clients will give you professional experience.
Whether you’re pursuing grades or self taught, this course will support you to gain the skills needed to pursue music further. Our teaching focuses on ensuring that you can explore and be ambitious with your interests.
You’ll be part of a lively music community, Oxford Brookes is home to a variety of ensembles and a range of student-led groups. Oxford also offers an inspiring base for studying as it has a rich music culture.
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Please note tuition fees for Home 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.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
Our flexible course draws on staff expertise. You will;
- engage with traditional and digital technologies of music making
- and develop your skills in critical thinking and self-reflection.
Our modules examine interactions or similarities between different musical genres, as well as considering their differences. In our musicology modules;
- Key Moments in Music Past and Present covers classical and popular music
- Understanding Music on Screen covers film, television, and video game music.
- Music in Society considers how different types of music interact with broader culture over time.
Different modules encompassing music composition, performance and integrating technology into your musical practice will develop your skills and thinking for a career within music, across a variety of genres. The choice of modules and module combinations will allow you to concentrate on one of these areas in order to specialise, or to combine studies in these areas in order to gain a wider perspective.
After you graduate
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.
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.
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.
Free language courses
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.
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For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.