Music Studies BA (Hons) (by online learning)

  • Music Studies BA (Hons) (by online learning)
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About this course


3-6 years

Term Start

September 2018 and January 2019

Entry Requirements


For applicants who read music and have musical qualifications, it is possible to apply for exemption from some of the Level 4 modules.

This degree builds on our successful Opera Studies BA (Hons) programme and is designed for those of you wishing to continue your studies elsewhere with a PGCE in music in order to teach music and the National Curriculum.

  • The programme is offered online, enabling you to study from anywhere at any time, allowing you to tailor your studies to your needs.
  • Core modules explore areas such as the historical development of the orchestra and its component instruments, the role of the conductor, the Baroque and Romanticism, the Birth of the Modern, including consideration of works by Schoenberg, Mahler and Stravinsky, and verse and song forms from throughout Europe and America from the seventeenth century to the present.
  • Optional modules enable you to study one of a number of composers – currently including Monteverdi, Verdi, Wagner and Mozart.
  • At final level, there is the opportunity to undertake an Independent Research Project, which will enable you to explore a negotiated subject area of particular interest to you in more depth.
  • You will learn how to compose songs and short pieces.
  • Comprehensive online resources are available to support your studies – including access to the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, JSTOR, the online journal archive and (subject to international country permissions) access to the Naxos music, CD, video and film libraries.

Why choose this course?

  • A specialist Music Studies degree for those contemplating taking a PGCE to teach music
  • This is a unique and bespoke degree offering a balanced view of the history of music

"It was the BA (Hons) Opera Studies course that set me on the road to my PhD and now the book! When I first went to university back in the 1960's. I didn't think that I would one day have a PhD! Long live the Opera Studies course and Rose Bruford College!" Julie Tretchikoff, Opera Studies student.

"I have really enjoyed the academic challenge of studying to degree level, and the opportunity to finally indulge a life-long passion. What I find particularly nourishing about the Rose Bruford course is getting to understand the relationship between the composers and their music.  Opera in particular seems to me to be an outpouring of the soul. Exploring the lives and backgrounds of the composers within their historical and socio-political context is giving me a much better understanding of the depth and beauty of the human condition and it has enhanced my life in so many ways."  Gillian Callow, Opera Studies student

Employability & Industry

This route has been designed for those wishing to continue their studies elsewhere with a PGCE in music in order to teach the national curriculum.

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

Please click here to apply.

International Applicants

Please e-mail to apply.

2018/2019 Course Fees*

The programme can be taken at a flexible pace of progression, thus spreading the cost and making this a truly viable option to full time study.  If you are a UK citizen taking this as your first degree and are able to do at least 30 credits each year of study, you may be eligible for the loan with Student Finance England. Please watch the video below for guidance or click here for more details.



Fees for 2018-19 are £192 per month for five months for each 20 credit module and £96 per month for five months for each 10 credit module. All fees can be paid over five months by Standing Order or credit card.

Fee totals:
20 credits = £960
10 credits = £480
The full degree is 360 credits.

If you opt to take this online learning degree over three years it will cost an equivalent of £5,760 per year* compared to £9250 per year for taught full-time degrees.

*A 3% increase is forecast for each subsequent year. 

Please contact us for more information.


Course content

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Related Information

Online Curriculum Development Manager: Jayne Richards

Lead Academic Tutor : Dr Michelle Assay

Please see the Music Studies brochure for a full list of specialist tutors.