Subject area: Music
Why choose Music at the University of Edinburgh?
We are ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities for music in the Complete University Guide 2018.
Our staff are world leaders in a wide range of musical areas including musicology, musical acoustics and music technology, composition, improvisation, and community music.
The University is home to more than 25 musical societies and we host a packed schedule of concerts throughout the year ranging from classical and jazz to contemporary and electronic.
You will have the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians giving you practical experience and preparing you for life after university.
The Edinburgh University Students’ Association Teaching Award for Best Course 2016/17 was awarded to Edinburgh College of Art for our innovative course ‘Music, Style, Identity and Image’.
Edinburgh has a vibrant and exciting music scene; from the excitement of the International and Fringe festivals to all year round performances by world-class music and theatre groups.
The people are the best thing about studying here. I have met friends and professionals who I wish to stay in touch with for life.
Music is a rich and vibrant subject, which spans the arts, humanities, and sciences. It includes specific areas such as performance, composition, acoustics, audio technology, music theory, and analysis, and provides the opportunity to engage with much broader issues in history, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, cognitive sciences, and psychology.
This disciplinary breadth is at the heart of our undergraduate programmes. Our BMus is a flexible programme, which will provide you with the opportunity to develop critical and technical skills from a variety of perspectives. You will study a diverse range of musical genres and styles and will explore the sociopolitical and cultural contexts in which music is produced and received. If you wish, you can specialise in composition and/or performance and you can take subjects outside of music in each of your four years of study.
Our BSc (Hons) Acoustics & Music Technology explores intersections between music technology, physics, and engineering. You will receive a rigorous grounding in fundamental scientific skills, be introduced to the core elements of music technology, sound recording and programming, and can follow pathways in physical acoustics or computer music systems.
The University's Reid School of Music is an exciting place to study, with numerous opportunities to make music and perform in university ensembles, which include orchestras, choirs, a big band, wind band, composers’ orchestra and opera group. We host a lively concert calendar and our central Edinburgh location enables you to immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural scene.
In Music, what you will study varies between programmes.
Find specific year by year study information on your chosen programme page.
Are there additional costs?
On performance courses you should expect to pay for instrument consumables and maintenance, as appropriate, as you would have done prior to attending University. Other costs include basic stationery provisions and support for technology such as memory sticks/cards.
Much of our teaching takes place at the Reid School of Music in Alison House, in the University's Central Area, as well as at the Reid Concert Hall, St Cecilia’s Hall and other locations across Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). Teaching also takes place in other Central Area locations, and, for students on BSc Acoustics and Music Technology, at King’s Buildings.
You will have access to the School's practice rooms and recording studios, to the Musical Instrument Museum at St Cecilia’s Hall, and to the University's extensive computing facilities and libraries.
In addition, the University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.
Further information is available on the ECA website.
[https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/facilities](Facilities and resources at ECA)
The Music in the Community courses on the BMus programme involve weekly placements, while students on BSc Acoustics and Music Technology have the opportunity to undertake industry placements in Year 3.
There are opportunities to study abroad through Erasmus or the University's international exchange programme.
How will I learn?
Music courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes, workshops, and computer labs as appropriate.
You will be taught by staff who are experts in their fields and will also have the opportunity to work with professional musicians and ensembles such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through coursework, exams, projects, portfolios and, in Year 4, you will undertake a dissertation, recital, portfolio of compositions, creative practice project, or a technology project.
Our BMus programme provides the breadth and depth needed to pursue a variety of careers in music, the creative arts, education or the media. Our graduates go on to forge successful careers in a diverse range of areas including performance, composition, teaching, academia, arts management, curation, community music, music therapy, print media, film, radio, television, animation, and the games industry.
BSc Acoustics and Music Technology provides you with the skills and expertise to pursue careers in acoustics, audio, and music technology industries. In addition, the advanced skills in physics, mathematics, software engineering, and general problem solving that form the core of the programme are recognised by a wide range of employers. Students with such experience are sought after by a range of sectors, including engineering, manufacturing, energy, finance, medicine, and the space industries
Our BMus programme provides the breadth and depth needed to pursue a variety of careers in music, the creative arts, education and the media. Our graduates go on to successful careers in a diverse range of areas including performance, composition, teaching, academia, arts management, curation, community music, music therapy, print media, film, radio, television, animation and the games industry.
Our BSc (Hons) Acoustics & Music Technology programme provides you with the skills and expertise to pursue a career in acoustics, audio and music-technology industries. In addition, the advanced skills in software engineering, physics, mathematics and general problem solving that form the core of the programme are recognised by a wide range of employers. Graduates with such experience are sought after in a range of sectors, including audio and software engineering, the wider music industry, manufacturing, energy, finance and the space industries. The programme is also an excellent preparation for further advanced postgraduate study in a wide range of related areas.