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Scholarships, Exhibitions & Bursaries

The Music Centre offers three types of financial assistance to talented students at the University. There is no music degree at Warwick, these awards are open to students from all disciplines. Scholarships and Exhibitions are awarded to undergraduates only, Bursaries are available to all students.


Scholarships for 2019-20 are now closed. Please check back at the start of the 2020-21 academic year for details on how to apply.



Bursaries are available on a yearly basis, providing financial help towards music lessons.

The audition consists of:

  • Performance (2 contrasting pieces totalling approximately 8 minutes)
  • Short interview to determine potential and likely contribution to the Music Centre

For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Scholarships & Exhibitions

Applications will be accepted from the beginning of October 2020 and forms will be available online here. Any full time undergraduate can apply for these.

A number of Music Scholarships are available each year, to encourage talented musicians to make Warwick their first choice for music-making and for a degree. There is no music degree at Warwick and hence these Scholarships are open to students from all subjects. Many Warwick music scholars have continued their musical education at colleges and conservatoires in the UK and abroad after obtaining a first degree in an unrelated discipline. Scholarship awards are currently £500 for each year of residence at Warwick, with an additional subsidy on music tuition fees.

Music Scholarship holders are expected to contribute heavily to the musical life of the campus. Scholarships are only given to students with exceptional musical ability so scholars will have a key role of playing to a high standard and inspiring the students they play alongside in their music-making. We also encourage scholars to take advantage of the excellent music tutors who work here.


The audition usually lasts around 10-15 minutes, and is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their potential as well as present level of achievement, and in particular their likely contribution to the musical activities of the Music Centre.

  • Candidates should choose and prepare two contrasting pieces, of total duration approx 8 minutes, to demonstrate their standard of technique and musicianship. If offering two instruments or instrument and voice, one work should be prepared on each.
  • The interview will be conducted by a panel of around five members of staff, these are usually: the Director of Music, the Assistant Director of Music, a member of the Coull String Quartet (Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick), and one or more members of the instrumental and vocal teaching staff, as appropriate. The aims of the interview are to discover how committed the candidate is to music, and to allow the candidate time to talk about their musical background, interests and ambitions.
Coull Bursary

The Coull Quartet is the University of Warwick's String Quartet in Residence. They are heavily involved in the musical life of the university, from playing for functions for official events, to helping with the Symphony Orchestra, taking sectionals and conducting the String Orchestra. As part of their ongoing support for the Music Centre they are offering a student the chance to get a music bursary, worth 12 hours of lessons (at £35 an hour). To apply for the Bursary applicants should come into the Music Office and get a Bursary application form, having registered on our contact system.

Applicants are expected to do the following:

  • Play two contrasting works of total duration (for both) no more than 8 mins.
  • May be asked to perform at sight
  • Short interview with the panel, discussing previous musical experience etc.

An accompanist is available free of charge to those who request one on their form (they must provide music when handing the form in)

For more information about the Coull Quartet please visit their website

Holy Trinity Church, Coventry Organ Scholarship, in partnership with University of Warwick

We are delighted to offer an organist studying at Warwick University the opportunity of a scholarship at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry. The scholarship is worth £1000 per annum and although held initially for the academic year 2019/2020, there would be the possibility of renewal beyond this initial year. The successful candidate would play the organ for Sunday services and Thursday evening choir rehearsals on a regular basis and assist with other aspects of church as required. Holy Trinity Church has an excellent choir and the organ scholar would gain valuable experience in choral accompaniment, as well as support and guidance from experienced church musicians, including the Director of Music and our team of deputy organists. It would be also be possible to arrange for the organ scholar to conduct the choir on occasion, under the supervision of the Director of Music. This is exciting opportunity for a Warwick student to play an important role in the music of a lively and diverse church in the heart of Coventry, and would be excellent preparation for further organ studies or employment in church music after graduation.

For full details of the role and how to apply, please contact the Music Centre office