Reasons to choose the programme

An extraordinary place to study music: Edinburgh has a vibrant and inspirational music and arts scene. It's home to the world’s largest arts festival, and a world-class orchestra.
A unique combination of tradition and innovation: We put core musical skills at the heart of our work. We also seek to develop an innovative approach to contemporary musical practice.
Fantastic performance opportunities: Our place in the university and the wider city provides countless links with orchestras, choirs, ensembles, music groups, and bands.
Access to leading creative thinkers: Our staff are world leaders in a wide range of musical areas.
Our four-year degree structure means that you will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth education in core music skills, before going on to tailor a study programme to suit your own interests.

Dee Isaacs talks about the programme
Edinburgh College of Art

You will engage primarily in the creative and expressive aspects of music developing your performance, composition, and musicianship skills, while also exploring the historical, social, cultural and psychological contexts of music.  


If you wish to combine practical musicianship with academic studies in music this is the degree for you.

On the BMus you will engage primarily in the creative and expressive aspects of music developing your performance, composition, and musicianship skills, while also exploring the historical, social, cultural and psychological contexts of music.

This degree will give you a broad base of specialist and transferable skills to enable a wide range of careers; developing your musical passions, as well as providing a foundation in analytical thinking, problem solving, leadership and presentation, co-operation and communication.

In first and second year, you will take courses in composition, performance, keyboard skills, historical studies, and music psychology that will advance both your practical musicianship and your academic understanding of music.

In third and fourth years, you will have the freedom to choose your pathway from a diverse range of courses including performance, musicology, composition, music psychology, film music, music in the community, music analysis, acoustics, options in Scottish traditional music, and a range of music history courses. In your fourth and final year, you undertake at least one significant course of independent supervised study: performance, dissertation, portfolio of compositions, edition, or creative practice music project. You will receive a bursary for vocal and/or instrumental tuition.


The skills that you will acquire on the BMus will equip you for a wide range of careers, both in the arts and in other areas. Many of our students undertake advanced study in performance, teaching or research. Our alumni include composers such as James MacMillan, Rebecca Saunders and Max Richter. Recent graduates have also gone on to successful careers in journalism, the culture industries, music therapy, and librarianship. Matt Peacock, for example, founded the Streetwise Opera charity and was made an MBE for services to music and homelessness in 2011.

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about fees
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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Dee Isaacs

Senior Lecturer


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 4097

Facilities and resources

Our extensive range of music studio spaces, equipment, and software will allow you to see your audio projects all the way through from composition and recording, to mixing, mastering, and post-production.

Seventeen practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.

A 218-seat Victorian venue built in 1859. Used for regular orchestral and choral rehearsals and performances.


College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565