Applied Music BA (Hons)

UCAS code W301

What is special about this course?

Do you want to study music in your home region, in any genre or style, and prepare yourself for the music industry of the future? If so, then this BA (Hons) Applied Music course has been designed for you. Studying traditional, Celtic, pop, jazz, classical or rock, this course will give you the opportunity to explore the culture of the Highlands and Islands and focus your study towards the application of music in a variety of professional contexts. 

Designed and delivered by professional musicians, educators and industry experts, this dynamic and highly innovative practical degree addresses the modern needs of the professional musician. You will study with top individuals in their fields, to develop skills in performance, education, business, enterprise, networking and communication which will help you access opportunities nationally, in Europe and the USA.

Our staff, students and alumni have built strong communities of practice throughout Scotland - from the Highlands and Islands, rich in traditional cultures - to the dynamic musical clusters in Glasgow and Scotland's central belt. The programme has a strong profile of graduate success within the music industry with many employed in performance, educational contexts, touring, research and music business. 

We know you may have more questions so our Programme Leader, Anna-Wendy Stevenson, has recorded a video answering the questions we are most often asked about the course.

Special features

  • The course will develop your mobility and versatility as a musician with multi-venue delivery and compulsory residential sessions throughout the programme (you will be required to self-fund these sessions)
  • You can help choose who your solo performance tutor will be, drawn from a list of top experts in the country, and you will also get credit for playing in ensembles in your community
  • There will be various national and international performances and placements in music, education, community or health settings
  • The flexibility of the course enables you to fit your studies around your own commitments: you will be able to study where you want: full-time or part-time, at home, on-line and through video-conferencing and Skype for most of the academic year

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade ABB or above, OR
  • 2 A levels at grade B or above
  • Additional entry requirements, Grade 7 Associated Board or Trinity College or equivalent on first instrument (including grade 5 music theory or equivalent)
  • Consideration will also be given to candidates who can demonstrate a high level of ability in one or more of: composition and creative skills; and music technology, including computer-based music production
  • You will be required to attend an audition and interview to assess your technical ability
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • Advanced entry to year two may be possible with an HNC (15 credits) with grade A in the Graded Unit
  • Advanced entry to year three may be possible with an HND with grade A in the Graded Unit

Access routes

HNC Music

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Performance practice 1
  • Ensemble 1
  • Music in its widest context: social, cultural, historical
  • Creativity is more important than knowledge
  • Remote digital music collaboration

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Music in art and society
  • Music and the creative industries: the portfolio musician
  • Gaelic for learners 1A

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Performance practice 2
  • The effective contributor
  • Music, power and commerce
  • Creative skills
  • Creation through technology

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Music in the arts and society
  • Sound and vision
  • Creative song enhancement
  • Music in the creative industries
  • Gaelic for learners 1A

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Professional practice
  • Music in social and historical contexts
  • Music in educational and community contexts 1
  • Applied music research skills
  • Creative identity
  • Creative technology applications

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Applied music: performance, creation or research
  • Applied music: critique and evaluation

You will also choose option modules which may include:

  • Music in Educational and Community Contexts 2
  • Emerging technologies
  • Sustainable creative endeavour
  • Music and culture

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), and face-to-face residential sessions with support from your tutors 
  • There are a number of compulsory residencies each year. You will be required to self-fund any travel to the residencies and cover accommodation and susbsistence costs. In addition, there is an additional annual residential fee charge of £150 payable at registration
  • You will also receive one-to-one tuition in your first instrument, voice or composition
  • You are required to have your own basic studio (audio workstation, interface, computer, mic and midi-keyboard)
  • For more information, or if you have any questions about studying applied music at the university, please contact us at appliedmusic@uhi.ac.uk

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

 2017-182018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland, studying this course full-time, the following fees apply:

 Level2017-182018-19
    Full-time  
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,340 (2017-18) and £1,500 (2018-19).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

UK students without a term-time address in Scotland

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) without a term-time address in Scotland, i.e. studying from their home country, the following fees apply:

 2017-182018-19
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £5,775 £6,120
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £963 £1,020

This fee also applies to Scottish students who do not have a term-time address in Scotland.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Applied Music you might like to consider a career in the following areas:

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Teaching
  • Music and health
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community musician
  • Research and development

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the MA Music and the Environment or MMus Music.

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