International students

The Department of Music welcomes students from around the world

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People travel from all over the world to live and study in York, and the Department of Music is home to students of many nationalities. We welcome applications from all parts of the world for undergraduate and postgraduate study.‌

How to apply


To apply for our undergraduate courses, you must complete an application through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). You can apply to UCAS via your school or college, your agent, or you can make an independent application.

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You can apply for our postgraduate taught and research degrees online. If you are applying for a research degree, we recommend that you contact potential supervisors to discuss your research before you make your application.

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 If you are applying from China, you can visit our page for Chinese applicants for further information

Useful information

Fees and funding

Tuition fee rates and funding opportunities will depend on which country you are from and which course you would like to study. You can find out more about tuition fee rates on our Fees and Funding pages. The University also offer a number of scholarships for international students:

Chinese students are also eligible to apply for a joint research scholarship with the China Scholarships Council

In addition to the University-wide scholarships, the Department of Music also offer a number of scholarships and funding opportunities:

There will be other funding opportunities available from external organisations. We recommend that you contact your local British Council office, who can provide up-to-date advice on what is available for your country. You can search for scholarships online.

EU students: The government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2017/18 and 2018/19 will continue to pay UK fees for the duration of their studies, even if the course concludes after the UK's exit from the EU. This applies to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research courses.

English language requirements

To apply to our courses you need to need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening)

Undergraduate English language requirements

Postgraduate English language requirements

If you need to improve your language skills, you will have the option to take a pre-sessional course in English. In order to apply for a pre-sessional course, you need to have received and accepted an offer. Find out more about pre-sessional courses.

Visas and immigration

If you're from outside the EU, you may need to apply for a visa to become a full-time student in the UK. Most international students who come to York will be on a Tier 4 (General) student visa

To find immigration advice, you can:

If you need further help or advice, you can email, or call +44 (0)1904 324140. 

Undergraduate entry requirements

In order to apply for one of our courses you must meet our entry requirements. If you're not sure whether your qualifications are accepted, check the entry requirements for your country

A Levels: AAB/ABB (including A level music at grade A). In place of A level music, we will accept ABRSM Grade VIII Theory in combination with at least one essay-based A level.

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 35-34 points including Higher Level 6 in Music


We interview the majority of our candidates. The interview can take place in person here at the University, or via Skype.

Before your interview we'll ask you to submit some examples of your work:

  • an essay in English (preferably a piece of music coursework), approximately 1500 words, in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format

For BA in Music (W300), please submit:

  • the score of one or more compositions you have completed and/or a sample of harmony and counterpoint exercise – for example Bach choral (in . pdf format)
  • a link to a video or sound recording of a 5-15 minute performance in your first instrument (including vocal) using services such as YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo. If you do not want your recording to be public, we recommend using an unlisted or password-protected setting.

Please indicate in your email which piece of work (e.g. performance) and subject focus (e.g. chamber music or jazz improvisation) you wish to be the starting point of your interview.

For BA in Music and Sound Recording (J931), please submit:

  • a piece of Music Technology work in .wav format (this could include a recording, or music production)
  • a further piece of creative work that contrasts with your first submission (for example a composition, or a contrasting piece of work in Music Technology) in .wav or .pdf format as appropriate.

Postgraduate entry requirements

In order to apply for one of our courses you must meet our entry requirements. For our postgraduate courses, you are expected to have the equivalent to a 2:1 degree. Find out whether your qualification is suitable

If you are applying for a performance course (i.e. Piano Studies, Performance practice...) you will be expected to provide a performance portfolio.

You can submit this by:

  • attaching an mp4 file to your application form
  • providing a link to an internet performance.

Your portfolio should consist of three pieces of instrumental or vocal performance which shows a range of your performance technique.

If you are applying for the MA Music (Composition pathway), you should attach two or three scores and if possible a recording of these scores.

If you are applying for the MA Music Production you should also submit a portfolio of recordings with your application.

Look through our country-specific information to find out more about entry requirements, funding opportunities and future visits to your country