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MusB Music
Specialist training and facilities to enable a range of careers within and outside of the music industry.

MusB Music / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
3 years
Typical A-level offer

AAB, inc A in Music ( Joint course with RNCM requires AAA inc Music).

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

36-35 points overall (core points accepted), inc. 6 or 7 in three Higher Level subjects, one of which must be Music.

Also required is Associated Board (or equiv. examinations) grade VIII, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

NB: Joint course with RNCM requires 35-37 points (core points accepted), inc. 6 in Music at Higher level.

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Course description

Our MusB is a dynamic, well-established and highly regarded three-year course which admits students of a high calibre. With a range of options to choose from, the MusB at Manchester enables you to build upon existing interests while allowing you the room to discover new forms of music and new ways of understanding, performing and creating music. Regular updates in the course content reflect the latest research in music scholarship and our internationally recognised academics, together with our roster of professional instrumental and vocal tutors, provide the platform for excellence in both practical music making and academic study.

The MusB provides excellence across four strands of musical study:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Music Theory and Analysis

Find out more:

  • Further details about each of these strands, and the way in which they underpin the course, can be found on the Music department website .
  • The MusB can also be studied in full as part of the renowned ` Joint Course ', a demanding four-year programme of study run in collaboration with the RNCM.

Highlights include:

  • 98% overall satisfaction rating in the 2015 National Student Survey
  • 18 hours of one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition for those students enrolled on solo performance course-units
  • 7 course-units which take place in NOVARS, an international centre of excellence for electroacoustic composition, sound art and computer music
  • Study topics in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis from the Renaissance to the present day
  • Professional coaching in ensemble performance options including chamber music, vocal music, Gamelan and Klezmer
  • Around 10 conducting positions available each year
  • Instrumental and vocal tutors drawn from the RNCM, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and other professional ensembles in the north-west
  • Performance and recording of all instrumental and vocal compositions in second- and third-year composition course-units
  • No compulsory course-units in the second or third year of study: choose from a large range of options to suit your interests and ambitions 

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject (please note that this does not apply to the Joint programme with RNCM). Find out more here .

Open days

The University holds Open Days regularly (usually June, September and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.

On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, and meet members of academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.


Fees for entry in 2017 have not yet been set. For entry in 2016 the tuition fees were £9,000 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2017 entry.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Jamie Clark
+44 (0)161 275 4987
+44 (0)161 275 3098
Academic department overview

See: About us

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