At Christ Church you’re given so many opportunities to play your instrument. Whether in weekly performance lectures, the Wednesday concert series or playing in the cathedral. It's amazing!



Music is a perfect choice if you love classical music and want to develop your skills in performance, composition and musicology.

We’ll give you opportunities to explore areas such as community music and performance.

Our links with Canterbury Cathedral mean you’ll get the chance to play in an incredible historic setting. We also look at the wider creative industries by looking at composition for media, film and games.

Why study Music?

The BA Music programme is a single honours programme designed for students with a background in classical music, and with an interest in the application of skills in the areas of performance, composition and musicology. You can choose from a range of optional modules in order to focus on particular areas including performance, composition and musicology and there are aspects of study which also include popular and commercial music styles.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points. In addition, applicants are expected to have Grade 5 Theory or equivalent..

All applications are considered on an individual basis according to qualifications, background and experience. Applicants will be required to demonstrate their suitability at an individual interview and, in the case of performers, an informal audition.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

In Year 1 you will study six 20-credit modules. In semester 1 you take Theory, Style, Analysis, Audio Sequencing & Recording and Introduction to Performance. In semester 2 you take two core modules in Music History and Composition, Notation & Direction and choose an optional module from either Performance for Stage or Commercial Music in Context.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

The BA Music course is taught in two semesters each year, separated by a two-week assessment period in January. Students take 3 modules in each semester. The teaching delivery on each module will vary depending on the module content. Throughout the year you would usually be taught in lectures, practical workshops, seminars and individual tutorials. The contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. Typically, a 20-credit module with 15-20 students has around 3–4 contact hours per week, but there are variations in the case of some modules, particularly where a module might be delivered predominantly by individual tutorials or in smaller groups.

You will also be supported in your learning through regular access to your tutors and through one-to-one tutorials. In addition, you will meet periodically with your personal academic tutor. All modules are supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) webpage, providing information about the modules and a variety of learning and support materials.

You will have access to IT and library facilities throughout your course.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves working on performance or composition projects, reading, practicing your instrument and rehearsing and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops or seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific activities to complete before class.

For the Independent Project in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team and will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Your overall workload typically consists of around 10 - 12 contact hours per week plus additional hours of independent study, practice and rehearsals for instance. There will be variation to this depending on the modules taken and the year of study.

Sometimes you may be taught be other specialist staff. These include instrumental teachers, ensemble directors, practitioners of specific areas such as Alexander Technique or Music Therapy, visiting professors such as the composer Paul Patterson or the performer Martin Outram, or visiting lecturers with specialisms in areas of the curriculum. It is possible that members of the teaching team may change.

The staff team consists of highly qualified academics and practitioners who have a range of expertise and experience. The staff teaching on the BA Music course currently include two Professors, two Senior Lecturers and several Associate Lecturers. All of the staff are practitioners and are active as performers, musicologists, composers, and professional practitioners. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

This course is for students with a background in classical music, and allows you to develop your skills in areas such as performance, composition and musicology, taught by tutors with international experience.

James DeanProgramme Director, Music

How you’ll be assessed

The balance of assessment type depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose, but you will be assessed by a range of methods including essay writing, presentations, practical work (such as performances, recordings, composition work – in the form of recordings or scores), or other project-based work (perhaps a podcast, for example).


You will receive feedback on all your assessments and we aim to provide you with your feedback within 15 working days of submission.

Your future career

The BA Music course prepares you for a career as a performer, scholar, composer and a well-rounded creative musician. Graduates have, for example, frequently gone on to work as freelance performers, to pursue post-graduate study and gain teaching certification. For anyone planning on a career in primary or secondary education, for example, a BA in Music creates an ideal foundation by developing strong and transferable skills in group work, critical thinking, independent learning and a desire to share your enthusiasm with others.

My ambition to become a teacher was helped by the constant support of my lecturers.



The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Industry links

Through our close relationship with the Philharmonia, our students have attended rehearsals conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Wilson, among others. The Philharmonia has sent principals to play an annual chamber music lunchtime concert followed by a masterclass coaching session and our academic staff have given pre-concert talks for the Philharmonia’s concerts. Our students have twice had the opportunity to perform on stage at the Marlowe Theatre with Glyndebourne Touring Opera as part of their Behind the Curtain series.

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