Music entry more attuned to students’ needs

​​​​​​​Pupils with no school music qualifications are now able to study for the BMus undergraduate degree in music at Edinburgh.

The University’s Reid School of Music has widened its entry requirements to reflect the breadth of topics covered by the degree. The move will make it more accessible to applicants from a range of backgrounds.

Key changes

For the first time, students who have achieved the grades needed for any humanities or social sciences course at the University will now be able to apply to study music.

Students can now apply with AAAB to ABBB Highers and AAA to ABB A Levels.

Previously, an A in music at Higher or A-level was required.

Students with a performing background, who are at grade 8 standard or equivalent on their first instrument or voice will be able to pursue the performance studies strand.

All other courses, including composition, will be open to everyone regardless of their previous experience.

Widening appeal

The move is aimed to open the study of music to students who have not had the opportunity to take music through to Higher or A-Level at School.

Entrants without an academic music qualification will undergo an intense music theory course to ensure that they are equipped for the Reid School of Music’s high standards.

Broad discipline

This development recognises the extent to which music has broadened as a discipline, course organisers say.

As well as developing musicianship, the flexible programme will deepen their creative music practice, explore how music shapes and is shaped by societies, cultures and politics, take a scientific approach to music, and look into its therapeutic effects.

We hope this increased flexibility opens the door for more people. We want to encourage students to tailor pathways through their degree in ways that best suit their interests and strengths.

​​​​​​​Dr Elaine KellyHead of the University’s Reid School of Music

Science focus

The University has also launched a new science-focussed music programme. It will explore how modern technologies are driving a revolution in sound creation and transmission.

The BSc in Acoustics and Music Technology will combine disciplines such as physics and computer programming with creative music technology.

Related links

Study Music at Edinburgh

Reid School of Music

BSc Acoustics and Music Technology programme