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Music Schools in the UK (United Kingdom)

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Music Schools | United Kingdom

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

London, England

ABRSM (the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) is an internationally recongised educational body and charity that provides examinations in music. ABRSM offers graded music exams as well as more advanced diploma qualifications. In addition, ABRSM provides a publishing house for music that produces syllabuses, sheet music and exam papers and runs professional development courses and seminars for teachers.

Bangor University

Bangor, Wales

Bangor University should not be confused with the University College of Bangor, which is a campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. There are currently five degrees offered for music students (undergraduates).

Birmingham City University

Birmingham, England

Birmingham City University undergraduate courses in music are: acting, jazz, and popular music practice. Post graduate courses in music are: professional voice practice, performance and pedagogy, specialist performance, professional performance, and general music.

Bristol University

Bristol, England

The BA Music program follows national Teaching Quality Assessment benchmark recommendations regarding content and structure, allowing you to develop knowledge and skills across a range of areas as you proceed through the programme.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Kent, England

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) offers a full range of programs - from an Access to Music, through undergraduate degrees in Music, Music Technology, Music Production, Commercial Music and Performing Arts to the postgraduate degrees, Masters of Music and Ph.D in Music.

Cardiff University

Cardiff, Wales

The university is consistently recognised as providing the best university education in Wales. The school of music offers a broad range of music degrees including Ethnomusicology (for Post-Graduates) and Musicology (PhD Available).

City University London

London, England

City University London, usually just known in the UK as City University, is a British university based in Northampton Square, Islington, London. Past graduates have included concert soloists, jazz performers, music therapists, music industry executives and sound recording engineers, as well as teachers, music administrators, marketers and entrepreneurs.

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh, Scotland

Unlike many other university music courses, Edinburgh Napiers' Bachelor of Music degree provides more of a conservatoire-based education, with as much emphasis on performance practice as on academic studies. Edinburgh has over 7 different degrees in music that are offered to students.

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Liverpool, England

LIPA offers degree courses in Acting, Community Drama, Dance, Music Theatre and Entertainment Management, Music, Sound Technology, Theatre and Performance Design and Theatre and Performance Technology. We also run full-time one year Foundation Certificates  in Performing Arts (Acting); Performing Arts (Dance); Performing Arts (Singing); and Popular Music and Sound Technology.

Manchester Midi School

Manchester, England

Our music production courses are designed for anyone wishing to learn and master sound engineering, music production, and remixing techniques in the UK: from an aspiring music producer learning remixing tricks and audio engineering on the Industry recognised Steinberg Cubase and Apple Diploma Courses, through to a DJ making beats for their set on the part-time DJ courses.

Newcastle University

Newcastle, England

Newcastle University is a major research-intensive university located in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England. It was established as a School of Medicine and Surgery in 1834 but since then has expanded its areas of study, and offers two degrees for music students.

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford, England

Oxford Brookes offers a choice of undergraduate degrees (Music BA (Hons) single or combined) and three Postgraduate / Graduate courses: MA in Music, MA in Composition and Sonic Art and MA in Contemporary Arts and Music. The Department also offers Post-Doctoral Research in a number of areas including Composition and Musicology, with particular strength in the fields of opera, popular music, film studies (get your film & television contacts list), sound art and electro-acoustic composition.

Queen's University Belfast

Belfast, Northern Ireland

The School of Music and Sonic Arts offers two undergraduate pathways: BMus and BSc Music Technology. Between 70 and 80 new students arrive at the School in September to commence their three year program of study.

Royal Academy of Music

London, England

The Royal Academy of Music in London, England, is a conservatoire, Britain's oldest degree-granting music school and a constituent college of the University of London since 1999. The Royal Academy of Music offers training from infant level (Junior Academy), with the senior Academy awarding the LRAM diploma, BMus and higher degrees to Ph.D.

Royal College of Music

London, England

The Royal College of Music is a leading conservatoire located in the South Kensington district in Central London, England. Students that graduate from The Royal College of Music have an advanced understanding of the technical aspects of music.

Royal Northern College of Music

Manchester, England

Currently the college offers both undergraduate (BMus and a joint MusB/GRNCM course with the University of Manchester) postgraduate taught programmes (PGDip, MMus) in musical performance and composition. In association with the Manchester Metropolitan University the college now offers research degrees (MPhil, PhD) in musical performance, composition, musicology and music psychology.

The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Glasgow, Scotland

The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) is a conservatoire of music, drama, and dance in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. The Academy today it is a leading cultural institution in the United Kingdom, and the busiest performing arts venue in Scotland. It provides music courses for undergraduate and post graduate students.

Royal School of Church Music

Salisbury, England

The largest church music organisation in Britain, the Royal School of Church Music was founded in 1927 by Sir Sydney Nicholson and has 11,000 members worldwide; it was originally named the School of English Church Music. It seeks to enable church music in the present and invest in its future, largely through publications, courses and an award scheme.

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Cardiff, Wales

The college provides education and training in the performing arts, and degrees are offered for undergraduate and post graduate students. Approximately two thirds of the enrolled (and enrolling) students are studying music related courses.

Trinity Laban

London, England

Trinity Laban is the UK's first conservatoire of Music and Dance. Trinity Laban's undergraduate programs include the BMus (Hons) Performance, the BMus (Indian Music Pathway), the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre: Performance and the Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre (FdA).

University of Birmingham

Birmingham, England

Being a large university Birmingham has departments covering a wide range of subjects. On 1 August 2008, the university's system was restructured into five 'colleges', which are composed of numerous 'schools'. Music degree programs are offered in the “Arts and Law” department.

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

The Music course at Cambridge combines intellectual stimulation and the progressive development of musical skills with tremendous opportunities for making music. Cambridge University offers music courses with essential techniques that are found and the foundation of all timeless musical pieces.

University of East Anglia

Norwich, England

The University of East Anglia offers a Bachelors in Music and a Bachelors in Music and Technology. Post graduate courses involve research focused on electroacoustic music and musicology.

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, England

Our research-led approach is one of the reasons why a degree from the University of Glasgow is so prized, but our students also benefit from opportunities to study abroad, improve their employability, take part in work placements and explore a wide range of social activities. As a result, we welcome scholars from 120 countries around the world. The 2011 International Student Barometer ranks us 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, and 90% of our final year undergraduates report satisfaction with their experiences. Our students graduate equipped with the skills they need to compete in a global workplace, and with friendships and networks that last a lifetime.

University of Huddersfield

Huddersfield, England

The University of Huddersfield sits just off the town centre in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. The University of Huddersfield has over 23,000 students currently. Huddersfield offers over 11 undergraduate degrees in the music field.

The University of Lancaster

Lancaster, England

Lancaster is a collegiate university, with its main functions divided between three central faculties and nine colleges. In general, the faculties perform research and provide centralised lectures to students, while the colleges are responsible for the domestic arrangements and welfare of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and some University staff.

University of Leeds

Leeds, England

The University of Leeds (informally Leeds University, or simply Leeds) is a British Redbrick university located in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The BA Music course provides for a wide-ranging, intellectually and creatively stimulating exploration of music, progressing to a greater degree of specialisation in years two and three.

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, England

The University of Liverpool is a teaching and research university in the city of Liverpool, England. The school offers a large range of degrees, but currently only one of them being a music degree.

The University of Nottingham

Nottingham, England

The University of Nottingham is a public research university in the city of Nottingham, England, with further campuses in Ningbo, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Nottingham campus currently offers music degrees in Popular Music.

University of Salford

Manchester, England

The University of Salford is a university based in Salford, Greater Manchester, England with approximately 20,000 registered students. Undergradute music programs include: Popular Musicology, Popular Music & Recording, and General Music. Post graduate courses are also offered.

University of Southampton

Hampshire, England

The University of Southampton is a "red-brick" British public university located in the city of Southampton, England. The school currently offers 7 undergraduate programs for music oriented students, aswell as post-graduate programs.

University of Surrey

Guildford, England

The University of Surrey is a university located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey in the South East of England. Music degree programs currently offered are as follows: Bachelors in Music and Bachelors in Music with an additional year of professional training.

University of Sussex

Falmer, England

The University of Sussex is an English campus university situated next to the East Sussex village of Falmer, within the city of Brighton and Hove. Sussex currently offers six music degree programs in the main campus for undergraduates.