Music courses at Nottingham
Our undergraduate courses offer flexibility of choice, breadth of subject matter and unrivalled opportunities to gain experience and training relevant to a range of careers. Composers and performers can pursue dedicated pathways throughout the three years of their course. Our contextual and historical modules cover a huge range of periods and musical genres, and also encompass subjects such as music therapy, the philosophy of music and musicians' health. Students interested in careers in education and arts management can take innovative modules in music and ethics as well as community music programmes.
In the second year, students may study abroad for a semester, or take an optional Work Placement module with one of our external partners. After the first year there are almost no constraints on module combinations, allowing students to specialise in fields of personal interest. All Nottingham music students will graduate with an enviable array of highly developed skills, adaptable to any work environment.
In addition, Nottingham music students can participate in more than 20 student ensembles, become a student mentor on Nottingham's pioneering In Harmony scheme, benefit from workshops with professional musicians and gain valuable work experience through our music traineeships.
The Department of Music is also home to a vibrant and thriving postgraduate community. Central to this is the work of the academic staff, all of whom are internationally recognised scholars in their respective fields. Classroom and independent study is supplemented by a series of colloquia, conferences, workshops and training sessions. Students also administer their own reading group, seminar series and study days, and enjoy the facilities provided in a dedicated postgraduate room.
The department is housed in modern, purpose-built accommodation overlooking the boating lake on University Park Campus. Specialist music facilities include an on-site music library (including listening booths, a large collection of sound recordings and a video and DVD archive, and a huge range of books, scores and online resources), a computer laboratory, an iMac suite, a recording studio, teaching and practice rooms, a lecture theatre, an orchestral-size Rehearsal Hall, and the Djanogly Recital Hall, where professional and student concerts are presented throughout the year. The department owns a varied collection of orchestral and early instruments.
Nottingham Music graduates follow a remarkable range of career paths in the music and creative industries, in business and the professions, and throughout the public sector. In the most recent statistics (2013), 100% of first-degree graduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.
Our undergraduate courses include a core Music Careers module, offering preparation for entry into career paths of relevance to music graduates, and an optional Work Placement module, involving hands-on work experience in businesses and organisations in Nottingham and London. Additionally, students can take advantage of our traineeship schemes, offering paid part-time work at Nottingham Lakeside Arts and the Denis Arnold Music Library.
Nottingham students are widely respected for their ability to make the most of their work/life balance, with many work experience opportunities available throughout your studies. As a result, the University boasts an excellent record for graduate employment and progression to postgraduate or professional qualifications. For guidance through your degree and after graduating, the Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career and realise your ambitions.