Musical life at St Andrews is active, varied and stimulating. The Music Centre offers the chance for everyone to enjoy making music while providing exceptional opportunities for those with particular expertise as singers or instrumentalists. It provides a programme of concerts and public events along with regular visits from internationally renowned performers. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, one of the world’s best chamber orchestras, performs five times a year at St Andrews and gives frequent masterclasses and workshops. 

The University also offers excellent musical facilities, which will be further enhanced in 2019 with the opening of a purpose-built new Music Centre.

The Music Centre’s leading ensembles, which include St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, Byre Opera and the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra, regularly perform to the highest standards both locally and across the UK. The Chapel Choir additionally undertakes overseas tours and records on its recently launched label, Sanctiandree.

The University offers undergraduate modules in both performance and historical and theoretical aspects of music for those who wish to make music part of their degree.


Music as part of your degree

The University offers undergraduate modules in music which may be taken as part of any degree in any faculty or discipline (other than Medicine), subject to timetable constraints and the agreement of academic advisers. Some of these modules are aimed at those who already perform at a high level or are able to read musical notation, whilst others require no previous knowledge.

Modules in performance benefit from the expertise of the Music Centre’s highly experienced team of instrumental and voice tutors as well as of internationally renowned visiting artists. Students who wish to take these modules must demonstrate that they have the appropriate level of practical ability for the module concerned through audition or exam certificates.

Understanding Music (A)  
Understanding Music (B)  
Making Music 1  
Making Music 2  
Making Music 3  
Reading Opera  
Introduction to Ethnomusicology: why, and how, human beings are musical  
Scottish Music  
Electronic Music  
Music Leadership  

Music at St Andrews

The Music Centre is open to everyone, from absolute beginners to experienced musicians, whether you want to take lessons, play in groups, practise or just come and listen. 


The Music Centre is open both to students and community users of all ages who pay an annual membership fee to use the facilities, participate in group music making, and attend a wide range of events. You can see the current range of performance opportunities on offer on the Music Centre website.


St Andrews supports a rich and varied programme of concerts and other musical events throughout the year. To see the current range of listening opportunities and events, visit the Music Centre website.

Music facilities

The Music Centre is based in the Younger Hall, and regular public events take place here, in the University’s two medieval chapels (St Salvator’s and St Leonard’s) and in the nearby Byre Theatre, also managed by the University.

Facilities in the Younger Hall include:

  • a large concert hall seating approximately 1,000 people
  • practice and rehearsal rooms bookable for the use of Music Centre members
  • a library of sheet music and books
  • a music technology studio.

The University also has a wide range of instruments and equipment that may be hired or borrowed by members.

Funding opportunities

There is a variety of funding opportunities available to students who wish to pursue their musical studies alongside their academic courses.


The Music Centre has a number of instrumental and vocal scholarships available to University students, awarded on a competitive basis, which cover the cost of a year's tuition. Students who wish to apply should come to the Music Centre office during Orientation week to book a convenient audition time.

In addition, a small number of awards are available annually to students in financial need, via the Hebdomadar's Music Fund. These are assessed confidentially on submission of an application form, available during Orientation week.

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries available through the Music Centre.  

Visit St Andrews


If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day or talk and tour to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Wednesday 8 April 2020
  • Wednesday 15 April 2020

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Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 11 March 2020

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Music Centre
University of St Andrews
Younger Hall
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AJ

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2226 

Music Centre website