First online music degree in Europe is launched

The two year BA course is being run by E-Mu and the University of Falmouth

The first online music degree course in Europe has launched.

The two year BA course is being run in conjunction with the University of Falmouth and British musical education specialists E-Mu, reports Music Radar. Courses in guitar, songwriting and music management will start in September 2014, with bass, drums and vocals courses in the pipeline. For more information, visit

Earlier this year, a new heavy metal degree at Nottingham’s New College was criticised by leading education campaigners. The two-year course offers students the opportunity to learn how to compose and perform heavy metal music. However, the Campaign for Real Education hit out at the course and the college; labelling it an “easy option”.


“It might seem an attractive, easy option to some people. But you don’t need to do a degree in heavy metal. It’s a waste of time,” Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education Chris McGovern for the campaign told BBC News.

However, Liam Maloy, a lecturer in music performance at New College Nottingham, defended the course he spent spent seven months developing. “It’s a degree, so it will be academically rigorous,” said Maloy. “In the past, heavy metal has not been taken seriously and is seen as lacking academic credibility when compared with other genres such as jazz and classical music. But that’s just a cultural construction.”