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BU Music scholarships

Key information

Entry For courses starting in September 2017 or January 2018
Eligibility Any UK, EU or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at BU
Value £1,150 (major award) or £450 (minor award)
Number available 15
Need to fill in an application Yes
Application deadline 31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January. Late applications may be considered if there are funds remaining.

BU Music scholarships are available to talented musicians regardless of what course you are studying. To apply for one of these awards, you must be able to demonstrate that you are a talented musician or vocalist and that you have been involved in ensemble activity.

There are two types of music scholarships available - major award and minor award. Regardless of which scholarship you are awarded, you’ll be expected to take regular lessons on your main instrument or voice with one of the university’s tutors. The cost of these lessons is deducted from the scholarship fund at source, so you will not have to pay any additional costs.

You will need to obtain a reference from your Director of Music, music teacher, instrumental/vocal coach, ensemble conductor etc or any other person qualified to write about your musical abilities.

Major award

For the major award you’ll need to have reached Grade 8 of the Associated Board, Trinity or LCM, or equivalent, in your main instrument or voice. In addition, you need to show you have an academic grounding in music, and have passed A-level (C or above) in the subject or have obtained Grade 8 theory.

In your application, you need to demonstrate how you wish to develop musically, as well as academically. If you are shortlisted, you’ll be invited for an audition and will find out whether you’ve won a scholarship within two weeks.

Your award will not be formally approved until you hold an unconditional firm offer (UF).

Minor awards

The minor awards are available if you narrowly miss out on the prerequisites for a major award - you’ll need to achieve Grade 8 in your first year and will then be eligible for a major award in your second year.

You’ll also be expected to contribute to musical life at the university by performing in concerts and participating in at least one university ensemble.

Scholarships will be awarded for the first year of study and may be continued for subsequent years of study providing you continue to meet the criteria.

The legal bit

Scholarships are reviewed on a regular basis and the university reserves the right to withdraw, amend or introduce new scholarships at any time. Scholarships are offered subject to funding and availability. Scholarship is awarded in your first year only, unless stated otherwise.