Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

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 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • You will have the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians giving you practical experience and preparing you for life after university.

  • Industry placement opportunities allow you to gain valuable experience in the modern acoustics, audio and music technology sectors.

  • 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.

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The University was very mindful of how different and challenging it is to start something completely new. I know I have their support.

Talia Sanders 1st year BMus (Hons) Music
Talia Sanders 1st year BMus (Hons) Music

Introducing Music

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 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, 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.

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