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Create, develop and experiment with music that you’re passionate about through this flexible degree.
We cover music from practice to technology and history to theory. You'll explore topics from classical to pop to film music and beyond.
You’ll choose whether to specialise or mix and match modules after year one.
You’ll join a lively music community. We have a variety of ensembles and student-led groups contributing to the rich musical culture of Oxford city.
You’ll work in the music industry. A placement in year two and live projects for real clients give you professional experience through our industry links. The International Field trip explores music making abroad.
Whatever your musical interests and background, this course provides the skills you need to pursue music further. Taught by internationally recognised academics and practitioners, we ensure you explore and are ambitious with your interests. Our students succeed in a range of careers and further study, including producing, composing, performing, and teaching.
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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.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
|Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.||Typically £0-200|
Library fines (for late returns or lost books)
|£1-35 per book|
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
All 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
- develop your skills in critical thinking and self-reflection
- explore the world of music through the International Field Trip and Work Experience modules.
Our modules examine interactions or similarities between different musical genres, as well as considering their differences. In our musicology modules;
- ‘Introduction to Music History’ and ‘Exploring Popular Music’ 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 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.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
Graduates from Brookes Music have taken up positions in the music industry and the media, arts administration, teaching and business as well as successful freelance roles. Many have also continued their study at postgraduate level.
Our music degree develops general skills appropriate for careers where a lively, questioning and organised mind is required, whether inside the creative industries or in other areas of work.
Recently music graduates from Brookes have found employment with:
- Dolby laboratories
- Welsh National Opera (performance)
- concert promoters Pegasus Theatre, Music at Oxford and Oxford Contemporary Music
- Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and Rock School
- international publishing companies 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 and television.
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.
"In the Music department I’m allowed to do both pop and classical modules and I think it’s quite nice that they give you a broad range of modules to choose from. You don’t have to specialise in one"Read more about Deborah
In the Music department I’m allowed to do both pop and classical modules and I think it’s quite nice that they give you a broad range of modules to choose from. You don’t have to specialise in oneRead more about Deborah
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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