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Music and Philosophy BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Trevelyan College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The Music and Philosophy joint degree course at Durham enables students to pursue their interests in both disciplines, explore the fascinating intersection between them, and enjoy belonging to two particularly vibrant departments. In Philosophy, a wide selection of modules is on offer, addressing the most fundamental questions that arise in diverse areas of human concern, from religion and politics, to morality and the sciences. In Music, the learning of techniques such as harmony, counterpoint, and aural skills are juxtaposed with an investigation of the most up-to-date thinking in musicology, critical theory, composition (acoustic and electroacoustic), analysis, ethnomusicology, cognitive musicology, and performance.**Year 1**In the first year, you will take the Philosophy core modules of Ethics and Values and Knowledge and Reality. These concern the two broad divisions of Philosophy, into Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge on the one hand, and Moral Philosophy on the other. First-year students also get to choose one of the following Philosophy modules:Introduction to LogicIntroduction to the History and Philosophy of ScienceHistory and Theory of MedicineReading Philosophy.Reading Philosophy is a text-based course which examines in depth classic works by writers such as Plato, Hume and Sartre.In Music, you will take Historical Studies 1 and two other modules from the following list:Introduction to EthnomusicologyAnalysis 1: Elements of Tonal Theory and PracticeMusical TechniquesCompositionPerformance 1 – either with recital or essay.**Years 2 and 3**In the third year, you will take the Aesthetics Philosophy module. In the second and third years, you will also have a choice of a wide range of topics within Philosophy. In previous years these have included:Moral TheoryPhilosophy of MindModern Philosophy I and IIGender, Film and SocietyIssues in Contemporary EthicsPhilosophy of ReligionPolitical PhilosophyMetaphysicsLanguage, Logic and RealityTwentieth Century European PhilosophyPhilosophy of ScienceThe Philosophy of Economics: Theory, Methods and ValuesScience and ReligionApplied EthicsPhilosophical Issues in Contemporary ScienceHistory and Philosophy of PsychiatryBiomedical Ethics.There is an equally broad choice of modules within Music. You will also have the opportunity to study a subject in depth, by writing a substantial dissertation of your choice.We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.**Study Abroad (Music)**As part of an extensive curriculum review we have created lots of exciting new opportunities for a year's study abroad for those on the BA (Hons) Music. Exchanges take place after the second year of the degree with our partner institutions, which include the University of Oslo, the Sorbonne in Paris, La Sapienza in Rome, alongside many others.**(Philosophy)**We participate in exchange schemes through which you may spend a year of your studies abroad with the University of California.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 24,500per year

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

Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

General information on subjects/grades required for entry:To include Music A Level. ABRSM Grade VII Theory will be accepted as an alternative to Music A Level alongside 3 other A Levels. Specific subjects excluded for entry:General Studies and Critical Thinking.Information:Applicants taking Science A Levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

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University information

Durham University

  • University League Table

    6th

  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

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