Our BMus (Hons) programme is a one-year, full-time top-up degree, delivered in
partnership with Kingston University, London. Students can, therefore,
complete an honours degree after three years of HE study, rather than the four
years more typical in Scotland. The programme is open to applicants with an HND
(with Graded Unit A or B) from Edinburgh College or elsewhere. Other conditions
may apply, depending on the applicants' background and experience.
Whether your aim is to develop a career in creative music
technology, performance, composition, songwriting, teaching or musicology, our
degree course can give you the space to develop the skills you need on tailored
The programme is highly flexible, allowing for students’
individual strengths and interests. Students choose the content for their
Individual Project, worth 50% of the BMus. The project usually falls within one
of the following pathways:
It is also possible to complete a project which combines two
or more of the above. Regular one-to-one supervision sessions – 12 hours per
year – support students in their chosen project; these may include instrumental
or vocal lessons where appropriate. There are also weekly classes for each
pathway. We reserve the right to refuse entry to a pathway should you not be
able to demonstrate the suitable skills or experience. Our week-long induction
programme is designed to guide you in this and to equip you for success in this
challenging, highly rewarding programme.
As well as the individual project, students choose two
modules, each worth 25% of the degree. The options include
Advanced Techniques in Music and Sound for Image – composition across a variety
of musical styles and genres; using sound effects and sound design for film
Current Debates in Music Education – an in-depth study of music education and
the Scottish curriculum through both theoretical and practical classes, with
opportunities for lesson planning, placements, composition/arrangement, and
Jazz Studies – a practice-based study of jazz improvisation and composition,
supported by appropriate theory
Live Performance Technology – creating small-group compositions and
performances featuring live manipulation of sound, using tools such as loop
pedals, Ableton software, and filters
Scoring and Arranging – developing skills in music analysis, genre-specific
composition, and arrangement
The Studio Musician – planning, developing and producing studio recording
projects and learning how to position them in terms of genre, audiences and
marketing; the module can be taken as a performer or as a producer. Students
are strongly encouraged to choose their individual project and further modules
with a view towards how they can enhance employability or prospects for
further study, following the BMus year.
Individual Project – chosen by the student
Two options from
Advanced Techniques in Music and Sound for Image
Current Debates in Music Education
Live Performance Technology
Scoring and Arranging
The Studio Musician
- Students choosing the 'Current Debates in Music Education' module have the opportunity to complete placements observing and teaching in local primary and secondary schools.
HND (with Graded Unit A or B) from Edinburgh College or elsewhere
- Successful presentation of work related to your chosen pathway in order to determine suitability. This may be through audition and/or interview
- Compulsory attendance at a week-long induction programme from Monday 1 June during office hours
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
- Assessment is through performances, project work and written assignments.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
- The details of audition requirements will be given on application.
Progression And Articulation Routes
Work in the music industry:
- Session musician
- Instrumental or classroom teacher
- A wide variety of other roles as part of a portfolio career.
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
Course Cost And Funding Options
found that studying at the college was very flexible and it was possible for
students to stretch to fulfil their own potential and interests, whatever those
might be. I was able to develop knowledge and skills as a composer, and
produce a high-quality portfolio of classical and digital compositions. In
my case, this was the springboard to a successful application to study Digital
Composition and Performance at Masters level at Edinburgh University. I am
nearing completion of that now and have found the whole journey immensely
rewarding, challenging and inspiring.’
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