Once you have applied through UCAS to the University of Aberdeen for a place to study music on the BMus programme, your application is assessed by staff in the Department of Music. Applications for MA programmes are considered by the MA Admissions Selector.

We will be looking at your qualifications, your referee’s report and your personal statement to determine whether we can offer you an unconditional place, a conditional place or an audition and interview.

Your personal statement is your opportunity to sell yourself to the selectors. Please remember that most applicants include gushing prose about how much music means to them, but what we are interested in is:

  • What instrument do you play?
  • Have you passed any grade exams? At what level are you performing?
  • Are you a member of any ensembles (choirs, orchestras, bands)?
  • Are you a composer? If so, what do you compose? Is it ever performed?
  • What are your musical interests? How much do you know about the history of music?

Of course, it is also worth mentioning other accomplishments at the end – whether you have been Head Boy or Girl, a Prefect etc.

Please remember to tell us what your main instrument is: it is amazing how often applicants tell us about orchestras and bands in which they play, but leave out this vitally important piece of information.

The university provides in depth information about how to complete your UCAS Personal Statement.