Music and Philosophy BA

Fast facts

  • Duration: 3 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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This course enables you to develop your musical abilities while learning about philosophical issues that have challenged thinkers for centuries.

On this course you can take modules in the history and psychology of music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music, music education, music technology, and music business. If you create a degree path that includes performance, you are given expert tuition on your principal instrument.

A personal tutor - one from Music and one from Philosophy - will work with you over three years to help you make the most of your studies and encourage you to excel.  The Music element of the degree is assessed through projects, performances, and coursework, giving you a chance to develop your skills and interests in an independent and creative manner.

Find out more about the Music side of the course, including Music modules

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their field. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and logic. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle to Kant and Hegel, among others.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no core modules. Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single Philosophy students.

Information about Philosophy modules

Our campus and how we use it

While some of our teaching takes place in the department, most of it is timetabled to take place in purpose-built teaching spaces across the campus (see our campus map). The campus has many amenities, and is located at the heart of the city, giving you easy access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Learning and Assessment

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information

More information on Music and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: ABB including Music and/or Music Technology or ABB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
  • International Baccalaureate: 33, 5 in Higher Level Music or 33 + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB including Music or AAABB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: BBB including Music and/or Music Technology+B

We can also accept other qualifications:   Other entry requirements for Music and Philosophy BA 

Other qualifications

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

If you have a question about your qualifications, please email

How to apply

Tuition Fees

Disability and Support

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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