Music Scholarships

Up to £650 a year

Music Scholarships are intended for experienced players of orchestral/band instruments or singers (jointly with an instrument) who can actively contribute to the University’s orchestras, bands, choirs and other ensembles.

They are awarded on the basis of competitive audition to new entrants in any discipline (undergraduate or postgraduate) and held for the duration of the course. Scholarships are open to those who hold Aberystwyth as a firm choice at the time of the closing date, which is 15 June in the year in which entry is proposed.

The benefits of Music Scholarships are:

  • Up to £650 a year (four or more awards available annually).
  • Free membership of all Music Centre ensembles or affiliated ensembles (including orchestras, bands, etc.).
  • Free use of Music Centre practice, library and other appropriate facilities.
  • Guaranteed accommodation in a Hall of Residence/University – managed property for the duration of the course.*

* In order to secure your guaranteed place in Residence, you must apply for accommodation for the following academic year within dates advertised by the Accommodation Office for returning students.

Application forms, regulations and further details of scholarships are available from the Director of Music.

Music Scholarship application form and regulations


Music Scholarships may be held with any other award.

Photo of SionedSioned Llewelyn, PhD Environmental Change, Impact and Adaptation

Philomusica & Wind Band, Music Scholarship Holder

Music has always been a very important part of my life. My choice of university was very much guided by the opportunities available to pursue my musical interests and this was definitely a big factor in choosing Aberystwyth. I have been lucky enough to hold a music scholarship for four years, and have benefited so much, musically and socially, from being a member of the University’s Philomusica Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Band. Highlights? I loved playing principal clarinet in the Dvorak Cello Concerto and being in the orchestra for a Hitchcock silent film was definitely a great experience!

Photograph of Emily Emily Dyble-Kitchin, BA Drama and Theatre Studies and Fine Art

Philomusica & Windband, Music Scholarship Holder

The audition was fairly daunting, performing in front of a panel, but also a fantastic opportunity. My advice to others would be to always go for it, as university is about grasping the opportunities available to you developing as a person. I’ve really enjoyed getting involved in the musical opportunities at Aber, such as Philomusica and the Wind Band. The ensembles are a chance to get to know people outside my course and a chance to continue playing, which I very much appreciate.