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German/Music (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

German/Music (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and Music is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining German and Music you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

Germany is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. German is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.

We offer German for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to German history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a German-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

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, our students to attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts.

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.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of language proficiency, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of German history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Distinctive features

  • Research-led teaching that allows you to engage with new ideas that are helping to shape the future of German studies and Music.
  • High-quality language teaching delivered by native speakers.
  • A vibrant programme of extra-curricular activities to support your language learning and immersion into German culture.
  • A curriculum with a clear learning arc, drawing on the latest research and providing a thorough understanding of German culture.
  • The option of taking a credit-bearing work placement.
  • The opportunity to spend your third year either studying or working in Germany or a German speaking country.
  • An exciting range of opportunities beyond your formal studies to engage with local schools and communities in promoting language learning and develop your own skills and profile.
  • Fully-funded instrumental (or vocal) tuition on your principal study instrument.
  • The option in both subjects to write a dissertation lets you choose a topic that draws on both disciplines.
  • Exploring music within a broad cultural context, embracing the literary, the social and the political.
  • Opportunities for contact with active music professionals through composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, and our careers talks.

Admission requirements

Typical A Level Offer

BBB-BBC including a B in Music. Applicants holding a B in German A-level will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted. Please also see 'other requirements' below.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • German History and Culture in Transnational Context
  • Advanced German Language Year 1
  • Beginners German Language Year 1
  • Composition 1A
  • Ethnomusicology 1: Music in Human Life
  • Elements of Tonal Music 1
  • The Full Works
  • Elfennau 1
  • Composition 1B
  • A History of Popular Music
  • Elements of Tonal Music 2
  • From Page to Stage: Dramaturgy in Musical Theatre
  • Composing the Landscape
  • Elfennau 2
  • Practical Musicianship 1
  • Repertoire Studies
  • Cerddoriaeth Ymarferol I
  • Astudiaethau Repertoire
  • Cultures in Context (German)
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 German
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 German
  • Analysing 20th Century Music
  • Studio Techniques 1: Midi and Synthesisers
  • Formal Functions in the Classical Tradition
  • Orchestration
  • The Business of Music 1
  • Performance Practice and Organology: the Long Eighteenth Century, 1700-1830
  • Harmonic Practice, 1725-1870
  • Reading Film Sound
  • Music in France Since 1900
  • Studio Techniques 1: Midi and Synthesisers
  • Ethnomusicology 2: Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • The Business of Music 2
  • Contrapuntal Practice, 1725-1870
  • British Art Music from c.1900
  • Issues in Popular Music
  • Opera Worlds
  • Composition 2
  • Music Sounded Out: Interpreting Oral and Recorded Genres and Forms
  • Practical Musicianship 2
  • Practical Musicianship 2B
  • Practical Contribution Portfolio 2
  • Cerddoriaeth Ymarferol II
  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Year Abroad German: Study Abroad (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (German, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad
  • Intercalary Year Abroad German (Semester)
  • High-Level Proficiency in German Language
  • Final Year Dissertation - German (in English/Welsh)
  • Final Year Dissertation - German (in German)
  • Screening the City: Berlin on Film
  • The German Idea of History
  • Practical Musicianship 3 (Ensemble)
  • The Birth of Modernism
  • Studio Techniques 2: Audio and Hard Disk Recording
  • 20th Century Contrapuntal Practice
  • The Birth of Modernism
  • Nineteenth Century Italian Opera
  • The Cultures of Beethoven
  • Studio Techniques 2: Audio and Hard Disk Recording
  • Wagner and Romantic Opera
  • Performance Practice and Organology the Long Seventeenth Century, 1550-1700
  • Jazz, Culture and Politics
  • Fugue
  • Aural Cultures from the Phonograph to the Smartphone
  • Dissertation
  • Project in Music Analysis
  • Practical Musicianship 4 (Performance)
  • Composition 4
  • Project in Ethnomusicology
  • Practical Contribution Portfolio 3
  • Traethawd
  • Cerddoriaeth Ymarferol IV (Perfformiad)

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

tuition fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

tuition fees for students from outside the EU is £18,200


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • Musical creativity and imagination;
  • Key compositional techniques and skills.
  • Notate ideas effectively and correctly.
  • Knowledge of composers, their musical languages, techniques and styles.

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of Germany and German speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and German.
  • Critical reading, independent research, and writing skills.
  • Skills in literary analysis, interpretative reading, and written expression.
  • Analytical skills and developing instinct towards independent and informed, researched interpretation.
  • Notate musical ideas correctly and effectively.

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Skills when working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • Use of a range of instruments and their technical capabilities.

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

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Cardiff University

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