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Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Music

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Southampton
English
September 2022

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Music

On this joint BA Philosophy and Music degree, you’ll engage with some of the biggest questions in Western philosophy while developing advanced skills in musical performance, composition and analysis. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of both subjects, and have the freedom to pursue your own interests through optional modules covering topics as varied as existentialism, studio techniques and 19th century Italian opera. You'll also get to spend a placement year abroad.

This degree will give you an excellent education in philosophy and music. In your degree you can:

  • develop an understanding of philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility
  • apply philosophical thought to language, morality, sex and other important aspects of life
  • explore a range of music from European music in the Renaissance and Baroque periods right through the the music of the 20th century and global hip hop
  • understand the principles of Western tonal music, including harmony and counterpoint
  • learn how to write and present dissertations and research

You’ll be taught in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment, and benefit from the expertise of both visiting performers and academic staff whose researches feed directly into the course content.

You can also improve your musical skills and performance through:

  • workshops with professional performers
  • submitting original compositions
  • managing the administration of public music events

You can take modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology, studying a language, or choosing from a range of cross-disciplinary modules.

Admission requirements

A-levels

ABB including Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard

OR

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma in Music plus B in an A level and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard

OR

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music plus AB in two A levels and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard

OR

  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to include A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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


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Program content

Year 1

  • Ethics
  • Exploring Music 1
  • Knowledge and Mind
  • Performance Skills A
  • Reason and Argument

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Composition Fundamentals
  • Exploring Music 2
  • Faith and Reason
  • Global Transformations in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music
  • Performance in Practice B
  • Puzzles about Art and Literature

Year 2

  • Appearance and Reality

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • 19th Century Italian Opera: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi
  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • Collaborative Music Project
  • Conducting
  • Epistemology: Knowledge and Evidence
  • Ethics of Global Poverty
  • Explorations in Composition
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Issues in Latin American Popular Music and Culture
  • Jane Austen's Playlist: Entertainment in Georgian Britain
  • Jazz Theory
  • Logic
  • Metaethics: Facts and Feelings in Ethics
  • Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Music Therapy 1: Fundamentals
  • Music and Sound Production 1
  • Music and the British Empire
  • Musical Theatre Songwriting
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Performance Tuition (Single Study)
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • The Mind, The Brain, and Consciousness
  • The Producer as Composer: digital sound & songwriting in practice

Year 3

  • Commercial Composition
  • Composition Portfolio
  • Philosophy Dissertation
  • Research Project

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • 19th Century Italian Opera: Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi
  • Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity
  • Adventures in Musical Research
  • Classical Indian Philosophy
  • Collaborative Music Project
  • Explorations in Composition
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • Issues in Latin American Popular Music and Culture
  • Jane Austen's Playlist: Entertainment in Georgian Britain
  • Music and the British Empire
  • Musical Theatre Songwriting
  • Nietzsche
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Other Minds
  • Performance Tuition (Single Study)
  • Philosophy of Sex
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • Self-Knowledge
  • The Producer as Composer: digital sound & songwriting in practice
  • Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Philosophy and Music
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

Our philosophy degrees are also a good foundation for further study at Masters or PhD level.

Career opportunities

You’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills such as research, critical thinking, analysis and team working. Career skills are embedded at every stage of our courses and certain modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communication.

Our philosophy graduates have secured roles as diverse as:

  • project manager
  • teacher
  • human resources (HR) coordinator
  • investment analyst
  • digital marketing coordinator
  • tax consultant
  • data analyst

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