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Hi!! I wanna ask whether Durham uni or manchester will be better for studying undergraduate music degree? Would really appreciate it if any current or past music students could tell me about... Thanks!

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Hi! I have received offers from Manchester, Southampton, Royal holloway and Sheffield, still waiting for Durham... I am considering my insurance too! How about your son? ><
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Hi, I am not too sure too, coz I am an international student. Seems like there's not much forum about music in Southampton... I think Manchester generally has more facilities?
Original post by Anonymous
Hi!! I wanna ask whether Durham uni or manchester will be better for studying undergraduate music degree? Would really appreciate it if any current or past music students could tell me about... Thanks!

Hiya,

I didn't go to either (I did apply to music at Manchester in 2006: loved the place/dept but was just way too far from home for me to put as firm or insurance :colondollar: ) but I'd say they have equally high reputations for music. ]

As has been pointed out, they are quite different in terms of the living experience (Manchester being bigger and most likely the more 'diverse' of the two). I notice you said you're an international student, so some things to help you narrow down between the two:

- course content
- course structure
- which one (if any) offers out-of-term accommodation/luggage storage?
- financial support for you as an international student (scholarships, book bursaries, etc.)
- general cost of living in Durham v. Manchester
- departmental provision for instrumental lessons (cost and proximity to good tutors)

Basically what I'm saying is to think of what you want from the living experience, particularly if you're coming from outside the UK. What are your priorities for the three years you're here?

Do you have a particular instrumental tutor in mind that you want to work with, at either of these unis or at a conservatoire? Manchester of course has links with the RNCM. I don't know what links Durham has (if any) to music conservatoires in the UK...
My main instrument is the violin, and I play the piano too. Yea seems like Manchester has a lot of connections but don't really know about the connections of Durham, they don't mention much on their website...
Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd
Hiya,

I didn't go to either (I did apply to music at Manchester in 2006: loved the place/dept but was just way too far from home for me to put as firm or insurance :colondollar: ) but I'd say they have equally high reputations for music. ]

As has been pointed out, they are quite different in terms of the living experience (Manchester being bigger and most likely the more 'diverse' of the two). I notice you said you're an international student, so some things to help you narrow down between the two:

- course content
- course structure
- which one (if any) offers out-of-term accommodation/luggage storage?
- financial support for you as an international student (scholarships, book bursaries, etc.)
- general cost of living in Durham v. Manchester
- departmental provision for instrumental lessons (cost and proximity to good tutors)

Basically what I'm saying is to think of what you want from the living experience, particularly if you're coming from outside the UK. What are your priorities for the three years you're here?

Do you have a particular instrumental tutor in mind that you want to work with, at either of these unis or at a conservatoire? Manchester of course has links with the RNCM. I don't know what links Durham has (if any) to music conservatoires in the UK...

Hi! Thanks for your detailed suggestions. I was wondering about the instrumental tutor list of Durham, coz I cannot find such a list on their website / online either... Personally, I like performance and musicology most, but seems like Durham has a higher ranking than Manchester and the graduate prospect too
ah! thank you for telling me that. Just had an offer holder zoom session with manchester music department yesterday, seems like the department is really good!
Sorry - not OP and I didn't apply to Manchester but I did also got offers from Durham and Southampton (plus RHUL/Birmingham/Liverpool). In terms of the city I think Durham will be a really nice environment to work in and it's quite easy to commute from there to Newcastle if your son did still want to be in/near a larger city.

In terms of the city itself Durham is a really nice location, it may not be very big but the scenery is beautiful. The Music dept is really close to the city centre too, which is nice (although when I last visited back in August it was all being refurbished!). I've just firmed Durham and Liverpool is my insturance :smile:

On another note, did you ever get to visit the Southampton Music dept? I was really put off by the lack of windows, it was so claustrophobic in there :s-smilie:
I'll look forward to meeting him in September then (grades permitting!). Do you know what college he's been assigned to? I've been allocated to University college/Castle :smile:
hey hi ill also be firming Durham I believe! Hope we'll meet in September!
Which college did he go for in the end? Yes, I'm really happy to be allocated there!
Original post by Anonymous
hey hi ill also be firming Durham I believe! Hope we'll meet in September!

hey, which college did you get allocated to? :smile:
Original post by Anonymous
Hi!! I wanna ask whether Durham uni or manchester will be better for studying undergraduate music degree? Would really appreciate it if any current or past music students could tell me about... Thanks!


Hi,

This is what a friend of mine had to say about Music at Durham.

“The music course at Durham covers a wide range of areas in the field so it's great if you want to have a go at a bit of everything. There are also opportunities to specialise (in final year especially) in more specific topics such as psychology, politics, theology and more. Though there is access and taught content for music technology, I found this to be one of the slightly more limited areas of Durham's music department. It's very much an academic course so not the best if you are looking for a more practical based degree, though performance and composition are still very well supported. These are available as alternatives to written dissertation.

I'd argue that one of the best things about music in Durham is actually the extra curricular activities - the university wide societies are all of a brilliant standard, even those that are unauditioned. There's amazing opportunities for all types and levels of performers, as well as conductors, composers, management and technical roles. Most colleges also provide musical spaces at a smaller scale which allows more students to take up leadership roles, as well as providing a welcoming space for less experienced/confident musicians.”

Hope this was helpful!

-Lamesha (Official DU Rep)
hey hi! I have been allocated to st chads college :wink:
oh, nice! really looking forward to meeting new friends
Original post by Anonymous
hey hi! I have been allocated to st chads college :wink:

hey feel free to message me :smile: would love to get to know some people on the course before September!
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Original post by fourdotsnodashes
hey feel free to message me :smile: would love to get to know some people on the course before September!

The student room doesn't allow me to pm ppl yet... (idk why tho), would love to get to know more about u!
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The student room doesn't allow me to pm ppl yet... (idk why tho), would love to get to know more about u!

Oh no! Maybe it's because your account is too new... I could try to pm you if you gave me your username?
Original post by fourdotsnodashes
Oh no! Maybe it's because your account is too new... I could try to pm you if you gave me your username?

yea sure! @iancychan

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