Music and Drama BA (Hons)

The University of Manchester

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Course Summary

The Music and Drama departments at Manchester are among the highest ranked in the UK for teaching and research. And the joint-honours course in Music and Drama is one of only a handful of such courses available at any university in the UK; it provides you with a rare opportunity to pursue your passions for all aspects of performance and creativity in a world-class university environment. The course attracts a large number of singers and actors in particular but it also attracts students with passions in, for example: screen, film sound and digital media; the politics of avant-garde performance; performance, social policy and community arts; or the history of the voice and the body on a variety of theatrical and operatic stages.With a huge range of course units to choose from (see the lists below) the BA in Music and Drama is diverse and flexible, enabling you to build upon existing interests while allowing you the room to discover new forms and traditions of performance, practice and media. With a mix of academic and practical learning, you will be taught by internationally recognised academics, guest speakers and a roster of professional instrumental and vocal tutors drawn from Manchester and the north-west. All our teaching and practice takes place in the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama where you will rehearse, workshop and perform in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and the John Thaw Studio Theatre, and where you can get your hands on the latest digital-audio technology in the award-winning NOVARS studios for electroacoustic music and interactive media. The Martin Harris Centre itself is in the centre of the oldest part of the university, just fifteen minutes on foot from the city centre and its many venues including The Bridgwater Hall, HOME, The Albert Hall, The Royal Exchange Theatre and plenty more besides; from there it is a twenty-minute tram ride to MediaCity in Salford, home to the BBC, ITV and The Lowry Theatre.Many of the performances that you'll be involved in are presented by one of our Music or Drama student societies, offering students opportunities in direction, production and management as well as performance, new writing, sound design and composition. The course requires you to achieve the same musical entry requirements as those on our single-honours MusB Music, thus enabling you to pursue any area of study in the Music department. (Please note: Music A Level is not a mandatory requirement for this course if you achieve Grade 8 Theory at Merit or above, in addition to AAB at A Level.) Your first-year tutor group, peer support and academic advising will normally be provided by the Music department. **The course aims to:**- Provide the opportunity for both single and interdisciplinary study of music, theatre and film as cultural process, artistic discourse and performance event through intellectual and creative investigation; - Encourage a rich cross-fertilisation of ideas, concepts and practices between the disciplines of music and drama; - Stimulate and support the student's individual development as scholar and practitioner within both music and drama, with particular reference to abilities of independent evaluation and research, critical analysis, technical and artistic skills, and effective written and oral communication; - Encourage the analysis and use of technology as applicable to the study of music, theatre and film as creative practices; - Equip students with a range of transferable skills, appropriate to later postgraduate academic and vocational study, and also engagement in the workplace in a wide range of careers in the disciplines of music, drama and related fields.

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  • A level
  • Scottish Higher
  • Scottish Advanced Higher
  • Extended Project
  • GCSE/National 4/National 5
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • AS
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Grades / Points



AAB, including A in Music.Alternatively, we will accept AAB plus ABRSM Grade 8 Theory at Merit or above, where a candidate is not taking A-level Music.Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) Grade VIII Practical, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.Typical Contextual Offer: ABB, including A in Music. Alternatively, we will accept ABB plus ABRSM Grade 8.Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) Grade VIII Practical, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

Tuition Fees

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£9,250 per year

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The University of Manchester is one of the largest single-site universities in the UK, with 40,000 students from almost every country in the world. With world-leading research and social responsibility at its heart, Manchester is a place to innovate, to lead and to make a difference. A Russell Group university, it is ranked in the top 30 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020).


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