(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Music at Keele is a hub of world-class musicologists, composers and performers, including specialists in film and TV music, contemporary classical music, world music and pop. The musical life on campus is rich and varied.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: W301

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Course Overview

As a Keele Music student, you’ll have opportunities to play and sing with orchestras, choirs, ensembles and bands, and to attend free concerts, gigs and workshops by world-leading musicians. You’ll also have access 24/7 to our purpose-built practice rooms, recording and project studios, and to an extensive music library.

The Music degrees at Keele focus on the creation, performance, meaning and uses of music from a diversity of styles, periods and traditions. Alongside opportunities to perform and compose your own music, and to do module-based work placements in the local community, you can investigate topics including music’s history, aesthetics, theory, and social impact. You can combine areas to create an individual degree that reflects your musical interests and passions, for instance by studying components of Keele’s Music Technology programme, where students work on sound design, music production, software development and audio-visuals. Popular combinations with Music include English, Mathematics, and Psychology.

Music is central to our lives and, consequently, to a massive variety of careers. A Music degree from Keele, though, will prepare you for a wide range of rewarding career paths in music – and beyond. Did you know, for example, that as a music graduate you could apply your creative and intellectual skills to careers including media production, finance and banking, the law, publishing, broadcasting, marketing and consultancy?

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Music graduates often continue their studies at PGCE, Masters and PhD level. You could go on to work as a teacher (at all levels of education), performer, composer, music therapist, community musician, private tutor or sound technician, or in arts administration, orchestras, bands, a recording company, publishing, game design, film, radio and television.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • World Musics
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Popular Music

Second year

  • Music in German Culture
  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film
  • Music in the Narrative Film
  • Indian Music
  • Music in the Community (work placement module)
  • Instrumental Teaching (work placement module)

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Recital
  • Composition
  • Contextual Studies
  • Approaches to Music Analysis
  • Music Ethnography Methods