BA (Hons) Music Production

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Overview

UCAS Code:M235
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Department of Performing Arts
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop competency in the use of physical and virtual music making instruments;
  • Gain knowledge and hands-on experience of the technology and techniques necessary for the creation and distribution of music;
  • Use industry-standard hardware and software and record your own compositions.

This practice-based degree cultivates artist development and helps build confidence in both recording music and performing it live in front of an audience. You will enhance your perception of the spectral, spatial and dynamic characteristics of music and sound via the use of technology, exploring themes such as music technology, music practice and live performance, recording and production, sound design, album artwork and social media. You will be able to apply your music and sound skills to areas such as film, TV and theatre, learning to use state-of-the-art facilities and engaging with technology to bring your music to fruition. The degree is ideal for those who play a musical instrument, or sing, and want to pursue a career that exploits this. It is also suitable for those who want to record and produce the music of others.

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In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 will introduce you to the techniques and technology essential for music creation. Your skills in musicianship will benefit from learning the practice of ear training and composing and performing songs through collaborative sessions. You will also explore artist and repertoire and be introduced to the theory and practice associated with sound in films. Optional modules include opportunities to enhance your skills in conventional music notation and to examine the relationship between music and society.

Year 2 modules focus on the recording, mixing, producing and mastering of music in a modern studio environment. You will critically examine the relationship between music and moving images in cultural contexts and receive a grounding in research methods relevant to media, music and sound. Optional modules introduce you to enhanced techniques of sound design and musicianship. They also provide opportunities to study album artwork and sleeve design in the context of the marketing and packaging of music, critique live performance, trace the history of the global music industry, or gain experience of performing live in different environments and in front of different audiences.

In Year 3 you will develop the compositional techniques associated with the role of the arranger in the production of popular music and be immersed in the post-production techniques of film audio. You will also have the opportunity to engage with social media marketing techniques underpinning the music download culture, develop advanced computational techniques for real-time digital performance, explore popular music as a way of life, refine your musicianship through advanced techniques, and undertake an in-depth personal research project.

How will I study?

As you study you will encounter a range of teaching methods and learning experiences designed to guide you in becoming a self-directed, autonomous learner, conscious of professional practice principles and ethics. In addition to tutor-focused instruction in lectures, seminars and workshops, there will also be opportunities for you to participate in work-related tasks and projects, group activities, individual tutorials, self-directed study and self-evaluation.

How will I be assessed?

The programme is assessed entirely by coursework. This includes practical desktop (DAW/MIDI) and studio-based recording assignments, report writing, blogs, videos and oral presentations. You will also have the opportunity to complete a dissertation or practical project in the final year of the programme.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by a team of academics, professional practitioners and technical staff with creative expertise spanning a wide range of disciplines. These areas of expertise include performance and production, music theory, media and culture, film and TV production, sound for picture and sound design, experimental music, songwriting, research and practice-led research. Many of the staff who teach on the programme are practising musicians themselves.

A Great Study Environment

A student plays a guitar while another sets up equipment nearby.Performing Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The £7million redeveloped Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department in addition to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The department’s outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully-equipped aerial performance space.

Music production and audio post-production studios come equipped with AVID ProTools HDX digital recording systems with C|24 control surfaces, as well as Waves and IK Multimedia, and a range of microphones (AKG, Coles, Neumann, sE, Electro Voice, etc).

Dedicated Mac labs provide access to the latest audio software (AVID ProTools 11, Apple Logic X, Propellerhead Reason 7, Adobe SoundBooth CE, AVID ProTools 11, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, Sibelius), and several dedicated rehearsal rooms, which provide electronic keyboards (Yamaha, Kawai), and a range of acoustic and electric guitars (Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, Taylor, etc), effects modules and practice amps. A selection of acoustic pianos, grand and upright, are housed in the Department of Performing Arts.

The University library stocks a comprehensive range of music books and scores, e-books and specialist music journals, including Grove Music Online, Rock’s Back Pages, and the Naxos music stream.

Music students at Edge Hill attend the annual music festival, Liverpool Sound City, of which the University is a partner. This event fuses a music festival with a music conference, providing you with the opportunity to network with a range of industry speakers and professional musicians, as well as experiencing live music across the city. Edge Hill students have also won prestigious awards at the festival, including the UK Student Music Award (2013) and the UK Student Innovation Award (2014).

Consolidating Edge Hill’s commitment to music, the University has also launched The Label Recordings, an independent label without contracts. This has been established by the University to promote existing new music and to equip you with some real-world, hands-on experience in a competitive industry.

The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Performing Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.

Modules

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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

MED1202Sound for Picture (20 credits)

Sound for Picture introduces you to the theory and practice associated with film sound and particularly post-production sound design. The module examines both the relevant theory and the technology necessary for successful capture of audio suitable for film. You will record all of the sound for a short digital movie, using only one microphone and a digital recorder. You will then have the opportunity to explore the perceptual properties of sound and manipulate it for dramatic effect with industry standard software. Keeping a production diary will encourage you to reflect upon the skills you gain.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS1013A&R (20 credits)

A&R provides an opportunity to learn about artist and repertoire (A&R) and discover the central role it plays in the music business through practical experience. You will participate in an assessment day and be interviewed for the role of an A&R scout before exploiting a combination of established A&R techniques, along with online digital tools, to identify new and emerging musical talent, across a range of genres. You will give a short presentation of the talent you have discovered, including examples of music and biographies, and submit a short written report which articulates and reflects upon the A&R techniques used to source the talent.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS1169Creative Music Technology (20 credits)

Creative Music Technology introduces you to techniques for studio and desktop-based composition. You will identify and analyse concrete (sample-based) approaches to composition within contemporary electronic music. A creative exploration of recording studio technology, sampling, sequencing and arranging will enable you to develop knowledge of a variety of techniques that can be applied within musical compositions. You will create your own sounds ‘from scratch’ in a recording studio. These sounds will then be used in compositions or sound design projects. This process requires you to develop essential technical skills, critical listening and attention to detail.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MUS1170Ensemble Performance (20 credits)

Ensemble Performance assists you in developing skills and confidence in musical performance. Practical workshops will enable you to develop your skills in composition, arranging, performance strategies and improvisation. Through a series of collaborative small-group projects, you will develop arrangements of existing or original material to be performed in a public setting at the end of the module. You will produce all aspects of the final performance, such as staging, stage management and live sound, thereby gaining knowledge and understanding of this key area of musical practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

You will select two of the following modules:

MUS1010Ear, Voice, Song (20 credits)

Ear, Voice, Song will develop your musicianship skills through ‘ear training’; that is, listening, imitating, improvising and inventing, using the voice and the body. Working through five phases of practice, class activity will include ensemble vocalisation and rhythmic exercises from around the world, focused on intervals, melodic shapes, basic rhythmic and metric patterns, ostinati, conducting patterns, dynamics, textural balance, modes, harmonies and simple tonality. This will lead into the composition and performance of song through collaborative studio sessions.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

MUS1011Music and Society (20 credits)

Music and Society introduces you to the key concepts and developments that have shaped modern music and assesses the current trends in musical practice. By placing these themes in an historical perspective, the module will also consider the contexts of production, distribution and consumption of music in various contexts in order to consider the links between music and society. You will investigate the impact of new technologies on the development of new music genres and also the way music has driven technological innovation.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS1008Performance Study (20 credits)

Performance Study is the first stage in which you are taught technique and musicianship, on an instrument or vocally, along a progressive path set by professional specialists. The module will generally be taught in one-to-one, hour-long weekly sessions (ten per semester).


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MUS1168Music Literacy (20 credits)

Music Literacy is designed to assist those who cannot read conventional music notation or who have not yet reached the standard represented by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 Theory examination. The module will introduce you to time-based and pitch-based notation, basic principles of writing melody, harmony and counterpoint, varieties of rhythmic notation, simple phrasing, and descriptive terms in various languages. At the end of the module, you will have the required knowledge and skills to be able to successfully achieve the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory standard.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either MUS1010 Ear, Voice, Song or MUS1011 Music and Society.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

MUS2056Recording and Mixing (20 credits)

Recording and Mixing focuses on the recording of music and develops the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed in a modern studio environment. You will be exposed to current hardware and software which will provide you with a real-world experience appropriate to the industry. In addition, the practical elements of the module will be underpinned by relevant theory, established principles and working practices, thus allowing you to exploit the dynamic elements of music for creative purposes. Exploration, analysis and experimentation with audio technology will culminate in the creation of music for use in media or performance.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MUS2057Production and Mastering (20 credits)

Production and Mastering builds upon recording and mixing and allows you to further enhance the critical listening skills necessary for completing both the final mix of a piece of music and its distribution. You will explore and experiment with advanced music production techniques using current industry standard hardware and software. Attention is given to the spectral and spatial enhancement of music during the final mix process. Engagement with the audio technology will result in a composition suitable for delivery via a range of listening media.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MUS2058Researching Media and Culture (20 credits)

Researching Media and Culture provides an overview of the main research methodologies in research in the humanities (media, music, performing arts). You will learn to identify, justify and implement appropriate methods and techniques, in accordance to the topic and type of the research project. The module will also encourage you to think independently and reflect upon the ethical constraints of research and professional conduct.


Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

MUS2170Soundtracks (20 credits)

Soundtracks critically examines the relationship between music and moving images in cultural contexts such as film, television, video games, advertising, animation and interactive performance. You will interrogate the communicative potential of musical scores and soundtracks, whether sourced or underscored, in order to explore the discourses of visual culture and how they are amplified by ascribed non-visual (sonic) traits. Of equal note has been the applied use of ambient soundscapes, foregrounded music and songs. In the main, the module takes the view of the composer and sound designer, focusing on the contextual history and development of their role. Ultimately, you will create a music score or soundscape to a given film extract.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select two of the following modules:

MUS2004Music and Media (20 credits)

Music and Media will broaden your appreciation and knowledge of the ways in which popular music is mediated. The module will help you to understand the organisational and cultural influences that affect the production, distribution and consumption of popular music. By studying the synergistic relationships between the music industry and media industries, you will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the business side of creative industries (such as the music industry) and better understand the organisational complexities in music and sound production.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS2060Performance Development (20 credits)

Performance Development is the intermediate stage in which you are taught technique and musicianship, on an instrument or vocally, along a progressive path set by professional specialists. The module will generally be taught in one-to-one, hour-long sessions, supported by related classes focused on collaborative projects and improvisatory strategies.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MUS2062The Artwork of Music (20 credits)

The Artwork of Music considers album artwork and sleeve design within the overall context of the packaging and marketing of music. You will deliberate upon the contribution of illustrators, graphic designers and photographers to the advancement of the album cover as a distinct element in the culture of music. The module will chart the historical development of the album cover from the 1940s and reflect upon the national and regional contributions to the art form. You will have the opportunity to create your own artwork for a band or solo artist via the use of visual authoring tools.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS2066Playing Live (20 credits)

Playing Live allows you to gain experience of performing live in different environments and in front of different audiences. You will have the opportunity to gain credit for playing live on the street, or at a venue, such as a local open-mic event or other specialist music venue. You will also have the opportunity to perform in the Creative Edge TV studio and to play and have your music streamed over the Edge Hill Student Union’s radio station. This module is ideally suited to performing musicians and will provide you the opportunity to engage with the planning and organisational elements necessary for successful live performance.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS2067Listening Studies (20 credits)

Listening Studies will develop your skills in listening and in appraising what listening is as an occupation of the brain and mind. The module will also consider the psychology of ‘the musical mind’ and the social history of listening, from pubs and festivals to the iPod. Above all, the module will enable you to consider, annotate and critique live music performance across a variety of popular music genres through a series of projects, thereby expanding your vocabulary, your means of communication, and your experience of music as an act of performance.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS2166Music Industry: Recording and Live Music in Business (20 credits)

Music Industry: Recording and Live Music in Business traces the history and development of the global music industry, exploring the key features of industrial practice through chief critical texts from Adorno to Negus and Frith. You will become familiar with the use of statistics as well as concepts such as gatekeeping and synch rights. The module is designed to guide you through the principal issues surrounding the organisational, economic, legal and ethical aspects of music industry activity.

MUS2171Electronic Music and Sound Design (20 credits)

Electronic Music and Sound Design engages you in a creative exploration of sound synthesis techniques, equipping you with knowledge and skills to inform the production of distinctive and highly flexible sounds for use in a variety of applied musical contexts. The module will develop your understanding of fundamental concepts and repertoires of relevance to digital audio, enabling you to identify and analyse synthetic approaches to composition and sound design within contemporary digital and electronic music. The acquisition of technical and theoretical knowledge will be demonstrated through the completion of a number of compositional assignments and original compositions.


Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Practical(s): 80%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

MUS3058Dissertation Project (40 credits)

Dissertation Project offers you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth personal research project, under supervision, and explore a range of research methodologies and presentational formats appropriate to the project. You will gain a thorough knowledge of your chosen subject area and will be expected to shape that knowledge to produce a final submission that demonstrates your ability to locate the material within the wider contexts of your discipline. The project will require the consideration and discussion of methodological and epistemological issues. The dissertation will allow you to work independently to explore areas of contemporary academic interest, consider issues of current industry practice and critically analyse case studies or products within specific cultural and social contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS3061Social Media Context and Practice (20 credits)

Social Media Context and Practice engages with the information and communications technology currently underpinning download culture. You will consider the impact of internet-based sharing tools, specifically in relation to the online distribution and consumption of music. The module will also require you to devise a strategy for how this can best be exploited for a band or solo artist.


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

MUS3065Arranging Popular Music (20 credits)

Arranging Popular Music will guide you in learning the compositional techniques associated with the transforming capacities of the arranger in the production of popular music. While the activity is often seen as adding material to, for example, a song, the arranger might also refine the composition through reduction of timbre or enhancement of other features, meaning the terms ‘transformation’ or ‘realisation’ is preferred in this context. As well as exploring facets of harmonisation, orchestration, instrumentation and voice leading, you will also learn conducting and the diplomatic skills needed to manage studio time and organise session musicians. You will examine the historical work of a variety of leading arrangers, including Gil Evans (Miles Davis), Rod Temperton and Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson), Carla Bley, Wil Malone (Massive Attack) and Vince Mendoza (Joni Mitchell, Bjork).


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

MUS3164Foley and ADR Studies (20 credits)

Foley and ADR Studies immerses you in a post-production facility and exposes you to the software, hardware and workflows typically found in the film, animation and gaming industries. Film audio is characterised by a heavy dependency on post-production techniques, such as Foley and auto dialog replacement (ADR). In motion picture film, it is common practice for the soundtrack to be constructed separately from the moving image. Dialogue and sound effects are often replaced in post-production, after the film has actually been shot. Animation and game sound is also constructed using similar processes, albeit in a slightly different order. Such processes employ multi-pass (looping) techniques which help bring to fruition the overall aesthetic of the moving image. This module will enable you to develop critical listening skills and a working knowledge of how Foley and ADR can be used to shape the sonic landscape of the moving image.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

MUS3001Music Ethnographies (20 credits)

Music Ethnographies requires you to study popular music as a way of life. In doing so, you will undertake an in-depth ethnographic research project into a music scene, musician/band or group of music fans of your choice. This will allow you to observe and critically reflect on how music is performed/consumed and consider the links between popular music and identity. Developing expertise in ethnomusicology will allow you to think more critically about the link between the industrial process of production and the relationship between performers and fans/consumers.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS3062Advanced Performance (20 credits)

Advanced Performance is the final undergraduate stage of three through which you will be taught technique and musicianship, on an instrument or vocally, along a progressive path set by professional specialists. The module will generally be taught in one-to-one, hour-long weekly sessions, or group sessions, under the supervision of a specialist.


Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Practical(s): 80%.

MUS3168Music and Creative Coding (20 credits)

Music and Creative Coding introduces you to advanced computational techniques for real-time digital performance, generative music production, algorithmic composition and interaction design. You will develop skills enabling you to move beyond studio and desktop-based environments into the fields of interactive multimedia performance and installation practice. You will learn how to build bespoke software and digital instruments to suit your individual creative requirements.


Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Practical(s): 80%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Timetables

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria 2019/20

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

To join this programme, you should play a musical instrument (vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, percussion, brass etc) either in a band or as a solo artist, or show evidence of your enthusiasm and ability to produce the music of others.

A formal grade or professional qualification in playing a musical instrument is not required, however you will be expected to provide evidence of your musical ability. This may take the form of songs written, video recordings of previous performances, demos etc. SoundCloud and/or YouTube are ideal locations for such work to be presented.

All offers are made on the basis of an audition workshop.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

To join this programme, you should play a musical instrument (vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, percussion, brass etc) either in a band or as a solo artist, or show evidence of your enthusiasm and ability to produce the music of others.

A formal grade or professional qualification in playing a musical instrument is not required, however you will be expected to provide evidence of your musical ability. This may take the form of songs written, video recordings of previous performances, demos etc. SoundCloud and/or YouTube are ideal locations for such work to be presented.

All offers are made on the basis of an audition workshop.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Throughout the programme you will be immersed in a broad spectrum of the themes and practices of the music industry, providing you with expert knowledge and technical ability, a flair for music composition and songwriting, confidence in performance, and entrepreneurial skills. We will ensure you graduate with the capability for creative thinking and the ability to apply knowledge to achieve practical outcomes in professional contexts associated with the music industry.

Our Employers’ Advisory Panel (EAP) provide advice and support with curriculum development and the department’s EHU-Arts HUB offers a suite of professional opportunities that will help you to become industry-ready.

Potential career options could include working as a producer in A&R or artist management, working in a recording studio, on film sound, or as a composer, songwriter or musician. Alternatively, you may wish to train to teach.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

24th January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

12th March 2018 - Change of Modules

MUS1008 Performance Study (20 credits) and MUS1168 Music Literacy (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 1.

MUS2060 Performance Development (20 credits) and MUS2166 Music Industry: Recording and Live Music in Business (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.

MUS3001 Music Ethnographies (20 credits) and MUS3062 Advanced Performance (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3. MUS3060 Digital Performance (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3. MUS3065 Arranging Popular Music (20 credits) changes from optional to compulsory in Year 3.

8th February 2018 - Change of Modules

MUS1169 Creative Music Technology (20 credits) and MUS1170 Ensemble Performance (20 credits) replace MUS1006 Studio Composition (20 credits) and MUS1007 Music Composition and Sound Design (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.

MUS2171 Electronic Music and Sound Design (20 credits) replaces MUS2055 Digital Composition (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 2.

MUS3168 Music and Creative Coding (20 credits) replaces MUS3060 Digital Performance (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3.

6th July 2017 - Change to Entry Requirements

An audition workshop now forms part of the entry requirements to this degree.