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Bachelor of Music with Honours (MusB(Hons))

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The aim of the Bachelor of Music with Honours (MusB(Hons)) is to enable students to become highly skilled in one (or more) of the following fields of music: musical performance, composition, music research, and recording and production.

This degree equips Music students with the skills necessary for an advanced professional career that is in line with the demands of the modern music industry. It also provides opportunities for further academic study in musicology (research in an area of music studies) and opportunities for postgraduate study at Master's or PhD level.

MusB(Hons) graduates have pursued careers in music performance, media, theatre, music education, technology and other related fields.


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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Music with Honours (MusB(Hons))

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    2. Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:        
      1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Music with an average grade of at least B+ for the appropriate 300-level papers;
      2. have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the degree;
      3. have a qualification acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and produce evidence acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of ability to proceed to the degree.
    3. A student enrolled for a postgraduate diploma programme may not be admitted retrospectively and transfer to an Honours programme unless he or she would have been eligible for admission at the commencement of the programme and the structure and duration of the postgraduate diploma programme are identical to those for the Honours programme.

  2. Subjects of Study

    The degree may be awarded in any one of the subjects, or in an approved combination of subjects (Combined Honours) listed in the MusB(Hons) Schedule.

  3. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for the subject concerned as set out in the Schedule.
    2. Any required dissertation  or research project must be submitted no later than 1 November of that year.

  4. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  5. Duration of the Programme

    1. A full-time candidate shall normally complete the requirements for the degree within one academic year of commencing the programme;
    2. A part-time candidate shall normally complete the requirements for the degree within two academic years of commencing the programme.

  6. Level of Award of the Degree

    1. The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, with Second Class Honours (Division I), with Second Class Honours (Division II), or with Third Class Honours.
    2. Should a candidate fail to obtain Honours, the papers passed may be credited towards a Postgraduate Diploma.
    3. A candidate who fails to obtain Honours may not resit all or part of the Honours programme in a subsequent year, unless the Senate has determined that his or her performance in those examinations was seriously impaired.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Note: The due date for applications for enrolment in the programme is 10 December. Late applications will be considered.

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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