Music at Aberdeen is a thriving learning, performing and research community. The Department has 9 members of academic staff with a wide range of research interests spanning composition, musicology and performance; we have over 30 visiting instrumental teachers who bring their practical and teaching expertise and experience to our programmes.
The University of Aberdeen is unusual in placing both Music and Music Education in the same department, which has a positive benefit for all staff and students. Our flexible BMus degree programme is one of only a handful of degrees in Music which incorporate a teaching qualification.
Staff are active as musicologists, composers and performers and their work is recognised and valued throughout the world, both in research communities as well as in the concert hall and via broadcast media.
All our undergraduate degree programmes last for four years and involve active engagement with performance, composition, music history and musicianship. We aim to provide students with the subject knowledge and skills to enable them to succeed in the music profession or to go on to further study. Our students enter a variety of music-related professions. Two of our degree programmes are tailored to specific career paths: the BMus in Music Education is a qualification for teaching in secondary schools and the BMus in Music & Communities trains practitioners for working in non-formal educational settings. Graduates in the BMus single honours and MA with Music Studies have gone on to further study both at Aberdeen and in other UK universities and music conservatoires. A degree in music also provides the transferable skills to enable a music graduate from Aberdeen to succeed in areas unrelated to Music.
We offer three programmes leading to the qualification of MMus; an MMus in Vocal Music, MMus in Sonic Arts and a general MMus with a portfolio/dissertation component at 120 credits which is excellent preparation for postgraduate research programmes. The department also has a number of PhD students researching into a range of musical disciplines.