Music BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)




Study music in the context of its modern application rather than historical period on our full-time Music BA (Hons) degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for one semester, and get support to find work placements. Immerse yourself in our performance culture and prepare for a career as a professional musician, composer, music technologist or teacher.

Full description


Combined with your own specialisms, the practical and vocational skills you’ll gain from our Music course will help you stand out in the music industry. Many of our recent graduates now enjoy successful careers as performers, composers, technologists, arts administrators and music teachers.

But you will also be well equipped for any role that requires quick thinking, self-reliance, imagination, and teamwork.

If you have an interest in arts therapy, you could go on to take our MA Music Therapy after you graduate.


We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

In your final year, we’ll help you find a work placement that interests you, whether it’s music education, instrumental teaching, artist management, music marketing, recording and studio work, film composition or events management.

Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty's employability support.

Modules & assessment

Level 3 (foundation year)

  • Foundation in Humanities, English, Media, Social Sciences and Education
    This module will provide students with the necessary skills to begin studying at level 4 in courses related to the humanities, social sciences, English, media and education. Students will be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including thinking critically, researching, and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate numeracy and ICT skills, and communicating effectively verbally and in writing. In addition to these fundamental study skills, Students will be given an introduction to a broad range of disciplines whose skills and theories are widely applicable. Students will study a variety of writing styles in order to recognise, deconstruct and replicate various forms of persuasive, analytical, and informative writing. Students will learn the basics of intercultural studies and how these theories can be applied to real-world problems. Students will consider social perceptions held across western cultures, and the difference between social and self-perception, participating in structured discussion and argument. Students will be introduced to the core principles of psychology and will explore various current applications of psychological theory. Students will also be introduced to ethics and will learn about some of the key theories and thinkers in the development of current ethical considerations in a range of scenarios. This module is made up of the following eight constituent elements: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC); Information Communication Technology (ICT); Critical Thinking; Intercultural Studies; Psychology; Composition and Style; Ethics; Social Perceptions.

Year one, core modules

  • Music Performance 1
    The Music Performance modules form the backbone to your experience on the Music degree, allowing you the opportunity to develop your performing skills, to explore a variety of performance occasions and scenarios, to develop your understanding of what it is to perform, and to build your confidence. These modules encourage you to think progressively more deeply about musical performance issues and to extend your knowledge of music through a process of discovery and collaboration. You will encounter a range of performance opportunities from solo playing, through small ensembles, to large-scale productions in performing venues within the university, in local venues and nationally. Our philosophy is to break down barriers, not reinforce them, learning from examples of musical practice across genres, styles and contexts. Your development will be supported by weekly performance workshops, which include masterclasses and sessions on various aspects of performing. You will also enrol for ensembles within the programme, aiming at a schedule of rehearsals and concerts totalling a minimum of 40 hours. These ensembles vary from trimester to trimester, and some will require an audition. The module is assessed by: (1) a solo recital at the end of the second trimester lasting ten minutes, with accompanying programme-notes, comprising repertoire that has been chosen to demonstrate your performing skills to the best effect; and (2) a reflective report that (i) describes your individual progress as a performer during your first year, (ii) explains what you have gained from involvement in Anglia Ruskin’s ensembles programme, and (iii) sets realistic future goals for your individual and ensemble performance activities.
  • Music in Context 1
    This module will provide you with a foundation in musical literacy and help you to develop a critical awareness of music in its theoretical and historical contexts. Through technical exercises and the examination of appropriate repertoire, you will explore foundational principles on the relationship between consonance and dissonance. You will examine basic features of musical composition including tonal harmony, counterpoint, and cadence. By studying these concepts, you will develop the necessary skills for critical appraisal of musical repertoire and will start to acquire a theoretical language for further discussion and debate. You will develop your understanding of fundamental issues of musical structure, style, and aesthetics, which in turn will inform your wider activities as performers and composers. Later in the module, you will study concepts relating to the application of melodic and harmonic systems and will examine the relevance of such systems to the history of musical form. You will develop research methodologies appropriate to consideration of a range of musical issues and styles. Focusing on representative examples from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, you will examine features of musical style and will situate the chosen repertoire within an appropriate historical, theoretical, and aesthetic framework. You will develop an awareness of musical form and social function, and an understanding of the relationship between historical and theoretical approaches. You will also develop your skills in academic writing, learning how to constructing a persuasive argument and how to use the Harvard referencing system.
  • Music, Technology and Entrepreneurship
    The initial part of this module serves as an introduction to the use of electronic technology in the creation of music. Using digital audio workstations, you will learn to apply principles of sound design and sequencing, while exploring the context of historical and aesthetic issues related to the composition of technology-based music. You will become familiar with a range of compositional techniques through detailed step-by-step explanation and hands-on experience in class. You will encounter a broad range of technology-based music that will encourage you to examine traditional conceptions of sound and music. By discussing this repertoire, you will also develop your skills of aural analysis. Later in the module you will develop a wider understanding of the potential of new and emerging technologies for music networking, promotion, distribution and retail, and will examine wider ethical and legal issues concerning online music. You will explore issues concerning the music industries and the impact that digital technologies have had in their operations. Alongside studying the changing music industry, your own entrepreneurship will be supported by the Anglia Ruskin University Employability Service through drop-in support and CV Surgery sessions. Students will also have access to a range of relevant online employability information via the Careers and Employability Portal.
  • Composition 1
    As a music student, your overall understanding of music is greatly enhanced by learning about the process of composition. On this module you will encounter a series of exercises, each designed to explore a particular technical aspect of composition and expand your ideas about musical style and expression. These may include topics such as ostinato technique, symmetrical division of the octave, variations on a theme, or the use of metre in non-western music. You will compose music for one another, with considerable time devoted to practical workshops during which all pieces will be rehearsed, discussed and performed. A final exercise will allow you to compose for a larger ensemble or instruments not present in the class. By delivering short presentations and demonstrations on your own instrument or voice, you will also teach one another about instrumental technique and learn about conventions of notation that apply to particular instruments. The tutor will support you to develop your handwritten music notation, and to produce finished scores and instrumental parts using computer notation software.
  • Introduction to World Musics and Ethnomusicology
    The advent of the internet and various forms of social media, together with the increasing mobility of individuals around the globe, are increasingly accustomising us to the sounds of musics from a wide diversity of cultures. Despite this, relatively few of us possess either an appropriate level of technical understanding, or familiarity with the origins and contexts of most such musics. This module will introduce you to a selection of musical styles from around the world, highlighting some of the important features and explaining their organising principles. You will also learn how understanding of the music itself is inextricably linked to understanding the people who make that music. Some of the questions you will ask are: "What is music, and what do people think it is for?"; "When and where is music made and how is the nature of the music determined by its context?"; "Who are the musicians, and what is their role in society?" and "How is music passed on from one generation to the next?". During the module, you will deliver an assessed presentation on an appropriate aspect of World Music, to be agreed by the Course Leader. Additionally, you will produce an assessed portfolio to demonstrate your level of understanding of various aspects, both technical and contextual, of some of the musics considered during the module. You may elaborate and enhance this portfolio by including reviews of music and documentary sources. This module is both a self-contained course of study and preparation for further specific studies in non-western music (see World Music and Globalisation at Level 6). It will equip you with a range of employability skills including the understanding of cultural diversity, insight into changing global patterns of migration, presentation skills and public speaking.

Year two, core modules

  • Music in Context 2
    At the beginning of this module, you will further develop the skills in music analysis that you started to acquire at Level 4. You will address such fundamental questions as: How does music work? How does it have the effect on us that it does? What devices does a composer use to give a piece of music a coherent structure and direction? How do elements of motive, form, deep structure, and surface ornament work together to create an expressive whole? Pursuit of such questions is essential to increasing your conscious awareness of music, and developing your ability to interpret it in more than superficial terms. Yet answers to such questions are sufficiently elusive that no single theoretical framework can address them all. You will develop your analytical and critical skills through an investigation of contemporary trends, approaches, and techniques in music theory and analysis. Lectures will focus on a selection of musical repertoire and the theoretical approaches that relate to that repertoire. During the latter half of the module, you will develop your understanding of current trends in music scholarship. This will include an investigation of arguments and controversies considered central to the study of music, such as the work-concept, music notation, and musical performance practice. You will be asked to consider matters that lie outside the immediate moment of the sounding music, including: historical context; aesthetic/philosophical contexts; politics; class; race; gender and sexuality; nationalism; modernism; and post-colonialism. The application of appropriate research and analytical methodologies complements this contextual exploration, and you are required to demonstrate awareness of a range of scholarly considerations appropriate to the repertoire under consideration. You will develop your academic writing skills, with the aim of producing cogent and persuasive arguments observing the conventions of academic referencing. This work will form a strong foundation for your undergraduate Major Project at Level 6.
  • Composition 2
    This practical module covers selected compositional issues in some depth, allowing you to produce a portfolio of original compositions submitted as notated sheet music. You will be introduced to the concepts and techniques of a wide range of compositional styles through projects that might include exercises in contrapuntal writing, harmonisation techniques, instrumentation and orchestration, modal composition, vocal setting, arranging for small instrumental groups, or combining electronic and acoustic resources. The module will be divided into three projects, which may vary from delivery to delivery. Each project will culminate in a workshop, during which you will perform your compositions. Your understanding will be developed through seminar discussions, in turn informing and improving the range and depth of your compositions. Specific times will be set aside for you to rehearse and time will also be allowed for you to revise and improve before your final submission. Your progress through the module will be supported by individual and group tutorials.
  • Orchestration
    This module will help you develop your creative and technical skills in instrumentation and scoring. You will develop critical skills in score analysis and demonstrate your understanding through practical work. This will involve producing technically sound orchestrations, and presenting your work in a clear and professional way within the conventions of the western common practice. The repertoire you will cover addresses the various challenges and opportunities that composers face when writing for large ensembles. These include the anatomy of orchestral instruments, their relationships within their respective instrument families, and the relationship between those families; technical issues to do with transposing instruments and natural brass instruments; the problems of translating musical materials from a pianistic idiom into an orchestral one; the relationship between parameters such as form, texture, tonality, harmony, melody, and balance; and instrumental colour, capability, and extra-musical association. The module will address the relationships between piano/small ensemble and orchestral repertoire in a range of styles which covers the music of the period from Mozart to Stravinsky. By the end of the module you will be able to create stylish orchestrations, and present your work in a professional way. You will be assessed through a coursework portfolio of exercises to be presented in full score.
  • Music Performance 2
    On this level 5 Music Performance module, you must gain experience in at least one small-scale ensemble. You will need to show your emerging reliability and maturity in performance, particularly in university concerts and productions. Your assessment will comprise an end-of-module designated ensemble performance, which must be agreed by the module tutor.
  • Entrepreneurship for Music 2: Placement
    This module will support you in finding a placement or internship opportunity that focuses on a potential career pathway in an area of the music industries. Particularly important will be your development and self-evaluation of transferable and employability skills. Supported by module tutors and Anglia Ruskin's Employability Service, you will identify an area of career interest and negotiate, generate and complete a placement opportunity lasting the equivalent of 35 hours. The placement should be clearly located in and related to ideas and practices encountered in your degree course. You will be assessed through two elements: firstly, a presentation that outlines the tasks and activities you aim to undertake on the placement, including research into the context within which your placement organisation operates and an outline of how you aim to develop and evaluate your transferable and employability skills during the placement; secondly, a reflective portfolio that documents and self-evaluates your placement experience. This module combines independent study with lecture sessions and tutorial support that guides you through the placement or internship, with the module Canvas page providing further support. You will also have the chance to attend presentations from visitors who work in roles within the music industries. As well as contributing to module sessions, the Anglia Ruskin University Employability Service will provide additional module support through drop-in support and CV Surgery sessions. You will also have access to a range of online employability information via the Careers and Employability Portal, and be able to access additional placement support through the AHSS Faculty Placements Officer, with drop-in support or scheduled one-to-one sessions.
  • Music for the Moving Image
    On this module you’ll compose and realise original music to accompany a film, video or other type of digital moving or still image. You may either work with supplied material or with other students undertaking complementary work within related media production modules. By undertaking a series of practical exercises, you'll examine a range of techniques, and consider the approaches to film music composition of various commercial and non-commercial film composers. Using appropriate editing software, you'll better understand how your music will fit in to the overall scenario of audio-visual collaboration. You'll be assessed by the submission of a portfolio of materials, accompanied by a brief critical evaluation.

Year two, optional modules

  • Principles of Music Therapy
    This module will introduce you to the theory and practice of music therapy, as practised by registered professionals in the UK. It will not train you to be a therapist, but will equip you with knowledge of the field and some introductory skills that are useful in considering music therapy as a vocation. It will introduce you to the clinical field and enable you to make informed choices about music therapy and other related professions such as teaching and nursing. You will be taught through experiential workshops, which will be linked to theoretical lectures and also a possible field trip. Audio-visual presentations will allow you to demonstrate your work in process. Through these activities you will be able to evaluate, develop and analyse your musical potential and explore the application of different media to therapeutic situations. Your assessment will comprise a small group practical focusing on musical improvisations (as appropriate), in which you will actively demonstrate an understanding of the use of music as a therapeutic tool. The knowledge you gain on this module can be applied to others that involve improvisation, role-play or performance, and can contribute to a basic understanding of groups and how they function.
  • Live Performance
    This module will give you the opportunity to engage in the planning, negotiation, organisation, promotion, marketing, budgeting and management of a live musical event at a public venue. You will be expected to perform at the event (individually or in a group/ensemble), but assessment will focus on your organisation and management skills. Collaboration is a vital element of this module. You will need to carefully manage and negotiate a variety of responsibilities in your event group, drawing from knowledge and a theoretical underpinning introduced in taught sessions. Before delivering your event you will present a proposal, including an initial budget, justification of your plan and supporting research in a 10 minute presentation. The module tutor will provide formative feedback and advice. You will then prepare an action plan with a framework for the musical event that you intend to present, considering content/theme, promotion, ethical issues and financial planning. You will develop the plan further in group tutorials. You will be expected to evaluate the overall effectiveness of your musical event through a final group report incorporating a contextual and critical framework. This report will contain supplementary materials (not included in the word count) including a risk assessment specific to your event; a financial budget; copies of e-mail correspondence; meeting minutes; and a promotional pack containing copies and evidence of your promotion and PR for the event. Alongside taught module sessions, you will attend performance workshops, where you will develop the content of your contribution to musical performance at the event. You will separately submit a personal project review evidencing your individual input and skills development during the project. The collaborative focus of this module will help prepare you for further collaborative project work in the final year of your degree.

Year three, core modules

  • Major Project
    The individual Major Project will allow you to undertake a substantial piece of individual research, focused on a topic relevant to your specific course. Your topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff. The project will require you to identify/formulate problems and issues, conduct research, evaluate information, process data, and critically appraise and present your findings/creative work. You should arrange and attend regular meetings with your project supervisor, to ensure that your project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction.
  • Collaborative Project Development (Music)
    You will be given the opportunity to develop and negotiate a collaborative music project in which you will employ and meet relevant professional practices and expectations. You will perform a variety of practical and creative roles, critically reflecting upon the processes involved in undertaking professional, ethical and sustainable composition, performance, production, promotion and/or other responsibilities in a negotiated project. Through this, you will demonstrate your understanding of concepts of entrepreneurialism and professionalism in music in a live project. Your project must be clearly located in and related to ideas and practices encountered in your degree course. Your collaboration can involve students from across the music courses at Anglia Ruskin University. You will need to take your work to an extra-University audience, and as such your collaboration may also involve external individuals, agencies or organisations. During initial lecture and seminar sessions, you will identify collaborative groups and discuss project management and the requirements of the module. As you progress, group tutorials and seminars will allow you to formatively explore and develop your initial project ideas; discuss contextual and theoretical research needs; identify audiences and stakeholders; and consider and agree technical and, if appropriate, outsourced requirements. You will be assessed through a group presentation (either in live or video form) that pitches your project, explains its relationship to wider cultural and industry contexts, and identifies your overall aims and objectives. This presentation will also allow you to demonstrate your work in progress and outline how you will deliver the final project on time and to an external audience. Alongside contributing to module sessions, Anglia Ruskin University Employability Service and the AHSS Faculty Placements Officer will also provide support. You will then put your project proposal into operation in the semester 2 module ‘Collaborative Project’.
  • Collaborative Project (Music)
    Working in a team or group, you will put into practice the collaborative music project you developed in the Collaborative Project Development module. You will demonstrate your ability to work collaboratively in performing a variety of practical and creative roles, and critically reflect upon the processes involved in undertaking professional, ethical and sustainable composition, performance, production, promotion and/or other responsibilities in a negotiated project. Through this, you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of concepts of professionalism and entrepreneurialism. You will be expected to contribute effectively to group work, demonstrate adaptability in determining and achieving individual goals (including supporting or being proactive in leadership) and critically evaluate the roles you have carried out. Your collaboration can involve students from across the music courses at Anglia Ruskin University. In putting their project into practice, you will need to take your work to an extra-University audience. As such, your collaboration may involve external individuals, agencies or organisations. Your work will be supported by group tutorials, which will allow you to identify and negotiate the requirements for the two assessed elements: a group project portfolio and an individual project evaluation. In the individual project evaluation, you should place the project in its wider cultural and industrial context, reflecting on your roles throughout the project with a focus on transferable and employability skills.
  • Professional Music Practice 1
    This practical module will allow you to further enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed on your course at Level 4 and Level 5 in a chosen area of practice. You will explore practically an area of contemporary professional music-related practice, producing an end-of-module artefact or undertaking a performance and negotiating the specific nature of the project outcome with your module tutor. You will be allowed to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the key components through which music in all its forms is created, realised, received and/or mediated, and to demonstrate your knowledge of the creative affordances of music and/or media technologies and instruments in your chosen area of practice. You will be expected to analyse, critically evaluate and interpret the practices you undertake, demonstrating an ability to convey personal expression and imagination in practical work while employing appropriate technical and interpretive means. You will be able to choose one of four professional strands through which to focus your practice: Performance; Composition; Technology and Production; or Music Media and Journalism. After initial group sessions, you will individually identify and negotiate an appropriate practical approach that allows you to achieve the learning outcomes you have identified. You will be supported in your research through tutorials, as well as other taught sessions and workshops. You will be assessed through an artefact submitted at the end of the module, or through an end of module performance.
  • Professional Music Practice 2
    This practical module will allow you to further enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed on your course and in the Professional Practice 1 module. You will explore an area of contemporary professional music-related practice, and produce an end of module artefact or undertake a performance that is negotiated with a module tutor. You can continue with the same area of practice as Professional Practice 1, or focus on another area to develop a new project. However, whichever you choose, you will be expected to identify how your approach in Professional Practice 2 has reflected on and responded to your achievement of module and learning outcomes in Professional Practice 1. You will further demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key components through which music in all its forms is created, realised, received and/or mediated, and your knowledge of the creative affordances of music and/or media technologies and instruments in your chosen area of practice. You will be expected to analyse, critically evaluate and interpret the practices you undertake, and demonstrate the ability to convey personal expression and imagination in practical work while employing appropriate technical and interpretive means. You will choose one of the following professional strands: Performance; Composition; Technology and Production; Music Media and Journalism. After the initial group sessions, you will identify and negotiate an appropriate practical approach, supported in your practice through tutorials and other taught sessions and workshops. You will be assessed through an artefact submitted at the end of the module, or an end-of-module performance.
  • Game and Film Soundtracks
    In this module you will analyse film and computer game soundtracks from a wide range of styles and periods, ranging from the birth of these media to the present day. You will consider the process of collaboration between a composer and film director, and the role of a composer within a computer game design team. You will consider the varied cultural contexts of the films and computer games studied in the module and the means of their dissemination to the public. You will study advanced techniques of sound design, instrumentation and orchestration appropriate to film and computer game soundtracks, and will critically assess different means for the musical representation of narrative, character and mood. For the assessment of this module, you must choose one of three options: (i) 3,000 words of writing, which discusses a single soundtrack or compares contrasted film/computer game soundtracks; (ii) composition of one or more soundtracks for film or computer game; (iii) live musical performance, either individually, or as a group, to accompany the screening of film or gameplay. Full details of the assessment brief will be provided on Canvas. The skills acquired in this module will provide you with a strong basis for professional work in the audio-visual industry, which is now a significant employer of creative graduates.


Modules are subject to change and availability.

You’ll show what you’ve learned on the course through a combination of performances, creative projects, presentations, portfolios, essays, and a special Major Project in your final year, which can include creative work.

Thanks to this ongoing assessment, you’ll improve your ability to improvise, sight-read and think on your feet, and you’ll develop skills in reflective thinking, researching, drafting, and revising your work.

We’ll also encourage you to use self-help packages, particularly for aural training, and undertake an extensive listening programme.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.

At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.

Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Study abroad

You can apply to study abroad for one semester, and get funding to help you cover the cost.

Specialist facilities

You’ll work in our purpose-built music centre, which includes an extensive suite of computer music studios, state-of-the-art climate-controlled recording facilities, band rooms (equipped with a full drum kit, 2 guitar amps, bass amp, keyboard amp, small PA system and a Shure SM58 microphone), plenty of practice rooms (equipped with an acoustic piano, piano stool and 2 guitar/bass amps), an electronic band/quiet room (with electric drum kit, 2 POD pedal boards, 3 Shure SM58’s, headphones, headphone amp and small microphone preamp), an audiovisual studio and a spacious recital hall. Our studios feature specialist music hardware and software, supported by extensive online facilities and resources.

You’ll also have access to five grand pianos, including a new Steinway Model D, and many orchestral instruments, as well as traditional instruments from India, China and Africa, and a Balinese Gamelan.

You can also access any of our other industry-standard facilities, with full training from our dedicated team of technical officers.

Every week, you can see performances by professional musicians at the Mumford Theatre in our free lunchtime concert series.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


UK students starting 2021/22 (per year)


International students starting 2021/22 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

UK students (and EU students in the 2020/21 academic year) can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

International students

You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU students starting a course in September 2020 or January 2021.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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You will be invited to perform an audition as part of the application process.

For more guidance on how to prepare for this, please visit our creative industries auditions page.

Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in September 2020.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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