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Our Music degree develops your ability to make, think about and work in music. We cover;
- music technology
- music theory
- understanding the context of music.
You can shape your course to reflect your interests. Either choose a range of modules for a broad learning experience or study one of four specialist strands;
- music technology
Knowledge of music technology and practical music-making is key for a 21st Century musician. So live projects with sound-making and music technology form an integral part of the course. You can develop your skills from a music business perspective through work experience and an international field trip.
Our staff are active researchers. We have the highest amount of world-leading research in Oxford Brookes University (REF: 2014).
On graduating you'll be ready for a range of careers in;
- music production
- education and music teaching
- arts management.
As well as postgraduate study and careers beyond the music industry.
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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.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
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 below.
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;
- Western Music History covers classical and popular music
- Music in Society considers how different types of music interact with broader culture over time.
Our Composition, Technology and Performance modules will train you in different genres of music.
As your degree progresses, you can choose to specialise in one genre. You will take modules which focus on a particular music of your choice. Or you can take a mixture of modules throughout.
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. 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.
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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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.