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Music Schools & Colleges in the UK (United Kingdom) & Ireland
The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a music academy in Guildford, Surrey, England providing its own contemporary music-based courses and partnering with three public institutions, one college and two universities, in respect of many of their contemporary music courses.
The school of music has a focus on rock, pop music, electronic dance music and a vocational approach. The school has links with Guildford’s Electric Theatre, Guildford College, Middlesex University and University of Surrey.
ABRSM (the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) is an internationally recognized 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 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 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.
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 (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 PhD in Music.
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, 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.
Echo Factory offers you the highest level of professional music training and 360-degree knowledge of the music industry: Music, Performance, and Business. Our courses are uniquely industry-focused and flexible, empowering you to develop your passion and talent in whichever direction you choose. We focus on individual talents and develop your distinctive creativity. Learn how to make a success out of what you love most! Our teaching takes place in the real world, enabling you to launch a successful career in the music industry. It’s learning at its most vibrant, creative and professional. Unlike any other, Echo Factory looks, feels and sounds like a music school should. We give you one-to-one tuition, mentoring and guidance from our tutors, who are all music industry professionals. Our newly refurbished building houses our own live venue, record label, recording studio, band practice facilities, cutting-edge business hub, music classrooms, lecture theatre, café and chill out zone. Our outlook is global, our ethos is inclusive. Come and experience the buzz and excitement of Echo Factory!
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.
Guildhall School is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. Studying music at Guildhall involves intensive, dedicated teaching, mostly one-to-one, in the instrument or discipline of your choice. Surrounded by actors, stage managers and theatre technicians, you will be part of a thriving arts community next door to one of Europe’s leading arts centres. And you will learn from some of our renowned international teaching staff while collaborating in world-class music making.
ICMP London offers a specialist range of industry-aligned Masters Programmes, Music degrees, Diplomas & 1 year Higher Education Programmes (HNC/CERT HE) as well as part-time evening music courses for students of Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting, Music Production and Music Business.
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.
LCCM is the UK’s only specialist independent higher education college for creative people, offering industry-led undergraduate degrees in music, words, and code, as well as a postgraduate degree in creative entrepreneurship. Established in 2002, the college continues to attract talented students who are serious about developing a long and rewarding life in the music, media, and wider creative industries.
London Conducting Academy is the year-long part-time course providing comprehensive training in the art and technique of conducting.
The course is directed by Denise Ham, HonARAM, GTCL, ARCM, LTCL, one of Europe’s foremost teachers of conducting, much in demand as a director of courses and workshops, a former tutor in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and at the internationally renowned George Hurst Conductors’ Course at Sherborne Summer School of Music.
Over the year of fortnightly day-long sessions during term time, students work with tutors Denise Ham, Christopher Seaman, Toby Purser, Robert Houlihan and John Longstaff, and with pianists Aya Kawabata and Jeremy Cooke, and larger ensembles.
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 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 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.
Established in London in ’94 and voted the world’s ‘Best Music Production & DJ School’ by the readers of DJ Mag, Point Blank teaches the creative process of making music at the highest level. Using expert instructors, state-of-the-art facilities and internationally recognised accreditation up to a BA (Hons) degree, many successful graduates have passed through their doors including Claude VonStroke, Goldie, Nicole Moudaber, Leona Lewis, Aluna George, Patrick Topping, Gemma Cairney, Mistajam, Dev, Madam X, Monki, Felix Jaehn – the list goes on.
Point Blank offers a range of Higher Education as well as non-academic programmes. The BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is available to study in London in 2 and 3 year options. If you can’t make it to London, their HE courses, courses in Music Production, Sound Design and many more are all available online via distance learning and fully validated by Middlesex University.
Since 1990, Pulse College (Dublin, Ireland), as Ireland’s only Avid Pro Tools Pro School, has been at the forefront of music production & engineering education. Whether you aspire to produce, engineer or score music, Pulse College offers you the perfect setting in which to do so.
Based in the world famous Windmill Lane Recording Studios (home to artists such as U2, Ed Sheeran, AC/DC and Lady Gaga), Pulse College offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, along with specialist technical short courses and professional training.
Embracing learners from a variety of musical backgrounds, the BA (Hons) in Music Production 3-Year Degree equips students to use real-life recording studios and production suites to compose, create and deliver music of the highest quality, while the 1-Year MA in Scoring for Film & Visual Media program develops the technical skills needed to work in this field and is now recognized as one of the highest caliber courses of its kind in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
For over 20 years the Music and Media Technologies (MMT) programme in Trinity College Dublin has offered a distinctively broad exposure to a variety of music and media technology related subjects. Students can choose from a wide range of modules, such as acoustic and electronic music composition, auditory perception and cognition, sound engineering & production, acoustics, spatial audio for cinema and VR, visual music, and computer programming. MMT is a twelve-month full-time course; however, students may also complete the course in two years on a part-time basis.
The closing date for applications for 2018/19 is 31st July, 2018.
For more information about MMT, how to apply to the programme, and a showcase of the kind of work students and alumni have created, please visit the link above or contact Jenny Kirkwood on Tel: +353 1 896 2508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.
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.
UEA is currently (as of 2015) 6th out of all UK universities, and has placed in the top six since the survey began. In addition to being consistently in the top ten for student satisfaction, UEA is ranked in the top one percent of universities in the world. UEA doesn’t offer any academic music courses but it does have a Music Centre offering scholarships, practice room facilities and is open to all students from any discipline. UEA Music Centre has a successful Symphony Orchestra, Choir, and Chamber Choir which hold auditions for new members at the start of each academic year and perform at various venues throughout the year.
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.
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.
Lancaster’s Arts Management programme is designed to develop the core skills and knowledge that are required by managers in the arts and cultural sector. It will enable graduates to develop an understanding of the environment within which cultural and creative organisations operate and identify the issues that influence them. Students will undertake a work placement with a cultural/creative organisation through which they will gain a practical understanding of the ways in which these organisations conduct themselves. The dissertation will allow students to identify a topic that they wish to explore in-depth which may be focused on a significant issue or issues that has impacted on the sector or specific industry.
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.
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 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.
The University of Salford is a university based in Salford, Greater Manchester, England with approximately 20,000 registered students. Undergraduate music programs include Popular Musicology, Popular Music & Recording, and General Music. Post-graduate courses are also offered.
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, as well as post-graduate programs.
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.
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.