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Music and Philosophy BA (Hons)

Cardiff University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site - Cardiff

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.You will spend a similar amount of time on each subject, benefiting from developing your musical understanding and skills while studying the fascinating and challenging subject of Philosophy.The School of Music and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy offer challenging courses of modules in each subject. The flexibility of the course allows you to specialise and develop your own interests, while acquiring a solid, broad-based education and developing transferable skills.Home to the arts, Cardiff is a great location for the study of music in the UK. The city has a professional opera company, Welsh National Opera, and a professional symphony orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The School of Music enjoys a fruitful relationship with both organisations that allows, for instance, students to attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts.Philosophy at Cardiff is distinct for its strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and philosophy of mind and its equal attention to ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ styles of Western philosophy.You are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one or more instruments or voice at the time of your application. You may be considered if you are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 7/8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.We do not routinely interview applicants for our undergraduate programmes. Applicants with a non-traditional qualification may be invited to attend an informal interview at the School of English, Communication and Philosophy which will have a bearing on the selection decision.Distinctive features•This course is especially suited to those interested in seeing music within a broad cultural context, embracing the literary, the social and the political•There are no compulsory modules in either discipline•Your optional third year dissertation may draw on both disciplines•A strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics•Instrumental tuition is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument•Business of Music modules offer a short work placement•Composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, the John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics and the careers talks provides many opportunities for contact with active music professionals

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 17,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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A level : BBB - ABB

Including Music. Applicants without an A-level in Music will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate levels of music performance and theory skills (such as Grade 6/7 Music Theory). Where skill levels cannot be determined by alternative qualifications, you may be invited to audition.

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University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    25th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    18th out of 87 8

    28th out of 51 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    157 77%

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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    51st

    28
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.35 87%

    12th

    6
  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    126 61%

    27th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    16th

    14
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%

    30th

    17

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