Applied Music BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

Do you want to study music in your home region, in any genre or style, and prepare yourself for the music industry of the future? This new exciting BA (Hons) Applied Music course has been designed for you.

Studying traditional, Celtic, pop, jazz, classical or rock, this course will give you the opportunity to explore the culture of the Highlands and Islands and focus your study towards the application of music in a variety of professional contexts. 

Addressing the modern needs of the professional musician, you will study with top individuals in their fields.  You will also develop skills in business, finance, enterprise, networking and communication, which will help you access opportunities nationally, in Europe and the USA.

We know you may have more questions so our Programme Leader Anna-Wendy Stevenson has recorded a video answering the questions we are most often asked about the course.

Special features

  • You will be able to study where you want; at home, on-line and through video-conferencing and Skype for most of the academic year.
  • The course will develop your mobility and versatility as a musician with multi-venue delivery and residential sessions throughout the course.
  • You can also help choose who your solo performance tutor will be – drawn from a list of top experts in the country- and you will also get credit for playing in ensembles in your community.
  • There will be various national and international performances and placements in music, education, community and/or health settings.
  •  You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Higher(s) at grade ABB or above,
  • OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BB or above, 
  • Additional entry requirements, Grade 7 Associated Board or Trinity College or equivalent on first instrument (including grade 5 music theory or equivalent)
  • Consideration will also be given to candidates who can demonstrate a high level of ability in one or more of the following: composition and creative skills; music technology including computer-based music production
  • You will be required to attend an audition and interview to assess your technical ability

Access routes

HNC Music

Year 1 - CertHE

Students will study five core modules and one elective module which includes Gaelic.

  • Performance practice 1
  • Ensemble 1
  • Music in its widest context - Social, cultural, historical
  • Creativity is more important than knowledge
  • Remote digital music collaboration

Year 3 - BA

Students will study five core modules and one option from two.

Core modules:

  • Professional practice
  • Music in social and historical contexts
  • Research skills
  • Creative identity
  • Understanding live sound

Optional units:

  • Entrepreneurship and social enterprise
  • Music in educational and community contexts 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Students will study five core modules and one elective module.

  • Performance practice 2
  • The effective contributor
  • Music; power and commerce
  • Creative Skills
  • Creation through technology
  • Free Elective

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Students will study three core modules and two optional modules.

Core modules:

  • Applied music: performance, creation or research
  • Applied music critique and evaluation
  • Personal employability strategy

Optional modules:

  • Education and community 2
  • Emerging technologies
  • Entrepreneurship and social enterprise (level 9)

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • You will study by a combination of face to face and distance delivery

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 4 years
  • Part time (structured): 8 years

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees 2014-15 2015-16
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
£1,820 £1,820*
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645*
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215*

*subject to change

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level 2014-15 2015-16
Year 1 CertHE £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,290 (2014-15); £1,320 (2015-16)

Online** degree  3 - 4 years

Applies to RUK students studying online without a term-time address in Scotland

2014-15 2015-16
Full-time online per year (120 credits)  £4,680 £4,800
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £780 £800


**note that not all degrees can be studied online

International students

(students not living in the UK or European Union)

3 - 4 year degree 2014-15
On site***
Full-time per year (120 credits) £8,700 £8,800
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,450 £1,480




***Students with a term-time address in Scotland

Further information on international course fees

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Applied Music you might like to consider a career in the following areas;

  • performing,
  • composing,
  • teaching,
  • music and health,
  • entrepreneurship,
  • community musician,
  • research and development.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Applied Music BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2015

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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