Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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Subject area: Music

Why choose Music at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Our staff are world leaders in a wide range of musical areas including musicology, acoustics and music technology, composition, improvisation, music psychology, and community music.

  • For our BSc students, industry placement opportunities allow you to gain valuable experience in the modern acoustics, audio and music technology sectors.

  • The University hosts more than 25 musical societies and a packed schedule of concerts during the year ranging from classical and jazz to contemporary and electronic.

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Introducing Music

Music is a rich and vibrant subject spanning the arts, humanities, and sciences.

It includes specific areas such as:

  • performance
  • composition
  • acoustics
  • audio technology
  • music theory
  • analysis

Music also engages with much broader issues in:

  • history
  • anthropology
  • sociology
  • cultural studies
  • philosophy
  • cognitive sciences
  • psychology

Our programmes

This disciplinary breadth is at the heart of our 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. You will also explore the sociopolitical, historical, 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 courses outside of music in each of your four years of study.

Our BSc programme explores intersections between music technology, physics, engineering, and computer science. You will receive a rigorous grounding in fundamental scientific skills, and study music technology, sound recording and computer programming in a range of musical contexts.

In Years 3 and 4, you can choose a strongly scientific pathway in physical acoustics, a multidisciplinary pathway in computer music systems, or your own combination of both.

Reid School of Music

The University's Reid School of Music is an exciting place to study. You will have numerous opportunities to make music and perform in university ensembles, including by joining:

  • orchestras
  • choirs
  • a big band
  • wind band
  • composers' orchestra
  • opera group

Our lively concert calendar and central Edinburgh location let you immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural scene.