Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to launch your career in the music industry.


Course overview

Develop your artistic voice and make it heard in the industry. The music industry is now multi-faceted and inter-connected, and practitioners need an understanding of all functions and processes within the industry in order to succeed. Engaging with performance techniques also requires a knowledge of music computer programming, marketing, and production.

At Kent, our unique music BA therefore allows you to explore pathways in music business, performance, or audio technology. This equips you with the skills and knowledge that are needed to make your degree and your career your own, aligned with your interests and passions.

You'll be taught by leading academics, who also have successful careers in the music industry, this will keep you in touch with a rapidly changing industry and give you the connections and confidence to kickstart your career. Our approach to teaching music means you will not only be well placed to make your mark in the music industry, but you'll have the opportunity to use music across a wide range of industries, setting you up for a career of limitless possibilities.

Why study Music at Kent?

Your degree. Your way.

Our music BA gives you the opportunity to study across pathways in music business, performance or audio technology. 

Top 5.

We're ranked 4th for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2024.

Get career ready.

Our links with industry help you to kick-start your career in the creative industries. You can also gain experience by adding a year in industry to your degree.

Extend your horizons.

Show future employers that you are flexible in your outlook and have the drive to succeed in new environments by taking a year in industry or a year abroad.    

Step into the studio

Create original music in our specialist rehearsal spaces, recording and post-production studios, equipped with the latest technology from leading manufacturers.

Everything you need to know about our Music course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Our degree is flexible: with few compulsory modules you have the freedom to make your degree your own. Our staff have a broad range of experience, from our expert academic staff to our highly qualified technicians and practising professionals. Together they support, develop, challenge and inspire you throughout your studies.

How you'll study

We use a variety of teaching methods including practical and technical workshops, performance platforms, seminars, lectures and group projects. Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.

Enjoy using industry-standard facilities.

Develop skills in our spatial audio studio, Foley studio, ensemble rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, Solid State Logic (SSL) studio, flagship AMS Neve recording studio and our Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST).

Your future

Whether you have a specific career in mind or haven’t thought beyond university, we can help you plan for success. We run employability sessions and have a regular flow of industry guest speakers and workshops, making you part of a wide professional network.

As a Music student at Kent you'll benefit from performing, producing and creating in our advanced, industry standard facilities. These facilities are accompanied by a strong culture and community of collaboration and support on our bespoke historic dockyard campus, led by our academics who themselves are industry professionals and musicians. Ultimately it is the perfect combination of people, skills and facilities that support your in kickstarting your career. Everyone you meet becomes part of your extended network from the day you join the course.

Our music programme is the great first step to achieving your ambitions. Naturally we are well placed to support your transition into the music industry, but we are also there to support you across a career of limitless opportunities. The skills our music programme gives you are of ever-increasing importance across marketing, events and experience design across all industries, as well as being vital to rapidly growing industries such an app design and gaming.

By the end of your course, you’ll be fully prepared for an exciting and creative career in any industry that sparks your passion to unlock your ambition.

Careers support
Whether you need help deciding on which path to take, advice on CVs or interview practice, our Careers and Employability Service is ready to help.

Hear from Caitlin

I got really good vibes from Kent. The students were really accommodating, the facilities are state of the art and there is so much student support.

Caitlin Fox is in her second year studying Music Performance and Production.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Check out our scholarships.

We offer scholarships that reward musical excellence, others that recognise sporting and academic achievement, as well as a range of subject-specific awards.

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Next steps

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We are no longer accepting applications for this course for entry in 2024.

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In the QS World University Rankings 2024, Kent has been ranked 39th within the UK and is in the top 25% of Higher Education Institutions worldwide.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.


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