Nottingham University’s Department of Music provides academic and performance activities that are fully integrated into the varied music scenes and music life in general around Nottingham. And the facilities, for performance and composition, and the unique programme of traineeships and placement opportunities make Nottingham University an inspiring and rewarding place to study music.
Music Student Life
Nottingham is a fantastic city for music. It has a good number leading live music venues, a brilliant and varied club scene, amazing array of festivals throughout the year, and international orchestral and opera seasons. See some of the upcoming events… Check out the current issue of Notts Music Network Magazine…
According to a Spotify survey, “Nottingham is the UK’s second most musical city!”
Music Degrees and Courses at Nottingham University
Music Undergraduate Degrees (BA Hons)
The Music Department at Nottingham Uni provides research-led teaching across the full spectrum of music studies: Great flexibility in module choices; unique programme of hands-on traineeships and work placements; opportunities to be involved in more than 20 student ensembles; great facilities for performance and music technology; expertise in composition, performance, and popular/world musics.
MA in Music (by Research)
This is a unique course with flexible study pathways in: Performance; Composition (acoustic or digital); Music Technology; Musicology. Students can take the course full-time over one year or part-time over two years, with a major project at the end, such as a composition or recording portfolio, performance recital, dissertation…
Music research degrees (PhD and MPhil)
A wide spectrum of musical activity in both academic and practical spheres. The University’s research strengths lie in four broad, overlapping areas: music, space and place; music-text-image; musical creativity and community; music, politics and identity.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with 100% of staff submitted, the Department of Music achieved an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.29. 49% of the Department’s publications were judged world-leading, with the remainder judged internationally excellent and internationally recognised. The Department was also ranked 4th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2015.
The department offers supervision for MPhil and PhD students in a wide range of areas.
Graduate careers for music students
The Department of Music offers preparation for professional careers across the whole spectrum of the music business. Courses also equip students with skills highly valued across many other sectors, both in the UK and overseas.
Specialist advice from subject-specific careers experts is also offered…
Students can get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular modules designed to enhance employability…
And/or volunteer work to gain experience and skills that employees are looking for.
Fees and funding for music students
There is a wide range of financial support available for students at the University of Nottingham. The support available depends on many factors such as subject, award level; where you live and income.