Our lively musical community at Homerton is strengthened by music students who explore both the history and present of the western music tradition and beyond.

Course details

Number of students per year
Typical offer
A*AA or equivalent
Essential subjects

Music at Homerton

Homerton is an active musical community. We take a medium-sized cohort of Music students each year (usually between two and four). All lectures and seminars are arranged by the Faculty of Music, but with Homerton providing supervisions and excellent facilities and support for those reading the subject. Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter, the Director of Studies in Music, is responsible for organising supervisions, which supplement the lectures and wider reading.

During supervisions, which typically have a supervisor-student ratio of either 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3, the set assignment will be discussed, and the supervisor will provide feedback on submitted work. In addition to the students we admit to study Music as an academic discipline, a large number of students engaged in other courses are actively involved in the college's musical life.

At Cambridge

Studying Music at Cambridge offers you the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of the subject at one of the leading institutions in the world. Our undergraduate course introduces you not only to a range of music, but to a wide variety of ways of thinking about and understanding music.

In the first year, the focus is on giving you a solid grounding in the techniques and history of the western musical tradition, as well as an understanding of the many roles music plays in today’s world. The second and third years offer increasing opportunities for specialism, including substantial self-directed projects such as dissertations and composition portfolios.

Music at Cambridge covers a broad range of music and variety of ways of thinking about and understanding music. While performance is an option in all three years, the focus of the Tripos is on the rigorous study of history, analysis and composition.

How To Apply

Applicants are expected to be taking Music at A-level (or equivalent qualifications such as Scottish Highers, the International Baccalaureate or ABRSM Grade 8 Theory).

If you are following an A-level curriculum, the usual conditions of the offer will be that you obtain specified grades: typically A*AA (without specifying in which subject the A* should be obtained). Other than this there are no preferred other A-levels or equivalent.

Applicants will be asked to submit written work in advance of interview, in the form of a marked essay and examples of composition work on audio file and in manuscript.

Those who are called for interview will be asked to take a short test in some musical skills, and will have two subject-specific interviews.


Those graduating with a Music degree from Homerton go into a variety of fields. Some continue with further study (either academic or practical), some go into music-related fields like training to be a teacher, while others use the wide range of skills developed on the Music course to go into unrelated fields, for example law.

Homerton Fellows

Other Teaching Staff

Dr Ariana Phillips-Hutton (Bye-Fellow) has interests in music and philosophy, and teaches a number of lecture courses at the Faculty.