Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RW43
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Spanish Hispanic Studies Modern Languages Music

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Undergraduate admissions team
Department of Music
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0488
Email music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/music/undergraduates

Department of Music

Top 10 Music department for research excellence in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

You can explore composition and performance, the history and psychology of music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music, music education, music technology and the music business. If your degree path includes performance, you're given expert tuition on your principal instrument.

You will be assessed through projects, performances and coursework, which gives you a chance to develop your interests and be creative.

Modules from the Department of Hispanic Studies will focus on the language, culture, history and society of Spain and Latin America. You'll spend your third year studying abroad in a Hispanic country. This is followed up with practical modules on interpreting, translating and teaching.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB including Music and/or Music Technology, or ABB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit) and either Spanish or another modern foreign language
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including Music and either Spanish or another modern foreign language + B in the Extended Project
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in both Higher Level Music and Spanish (or another modern foreign language). If Music is not studied, Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit is accepted
BTEC DDD in Music + an appropriate modern foreign language qualification
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including Music and/or Music Technology or D3 M2 M2 + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit and either Spanish or another modern foreign language
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB including Music (or AAABB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit) + B in Spanish or another modern foreign language
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including Music (or B+AB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit) and either Spanish or another modern foreign language
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 13%
Independent study 74%
Placement 13%

Assessment
Exams/tests 21%
Coursework 50%
Practical 29%

Department of Music

The Soundhouse

- Top 10 for research excellence in music in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
- 100 concerts and musical events every year

Our rigorous curriculum is exceptionally diverse, covering psychological and anthropological approaches to the study of music, alongside performance, composition and musicology.

Our departmental ethos combines high achievement with a sense of community and a shared passion for music. Our internationally recognised research informs our high quality teaching and our student experience is second to none.

We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music. Our £8.5 million facilities provide the ideal home for some of the UK's most diverse and cutting-edge music research and teaching.

- The Jessop Building houses specialist study and rehearsal rooms, dedicated spaces for world music and Western historical performance, and music psychology labs.
- The Soundhouse is our purpose-built facility for instrumental lessons, practice, small-scale rehearsals and sound recording, and includes four studios.

Department of Music website

Hispanic Studies

Jessop West building

Learn with us and you won't just become fluent in Spanish. You'll be immersed in Hispanic cultures. Our degrees are about understanding the contexts that determine the way Hispanic communities think and act. This knowledge can be key to the success of many national and international enterprises.

You'll be stretched intellectually, learning in small groups with native speakers. Around a third of teaching time is devoted to developing your written and oral fluency in Spanish. And there's a huge range of options for combining Hispanic Studies with a second subject.

You'll build a close working relationship with your tutors. We use novel ways to inspire you, including filmmaking. Our student-run societies arrange regular social, cultural and sporting events. We also perform a Spanish or Latin American play and a Hispanic concert each year, in which staff and students participate.

Visits by contemporary Spanish and Latin American writers, film directors and scholars play their part in maintaining a lively intellectual environment. We also hold regular research seminars that are open to all, in which both members of the department and invited speakers present the areas in which they research.

Hispanic Studies website


What our graduates do

The musical excellence, academic aptitude and personal skills that you develop on your course will make you highly prized by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university.

There are lots of opportunities to get work experience. Hands-on projects are integrated into several academic modules and every year our Concerts team provides internships. Or you can lead a music project or workshop in a local school through our student-led volunteering organisation Music in the City. All of these experiences will help you build a compelling CV.

Our graduates work with prestigious orchestras and music institutions within the UK and globally, in roles ranging from performing and conduction to administration and education. Sheffield music graduates have also forged successful careers within a range of other fields, from audio programming to marketing and management.

Recent graduates have secured exciting jobs with the Royal Opera House, the City of Birmingham Symphony Opera, the Wigmore Hall and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other employers.

Student profile


"The department of music is a really welcoming, inspiring place to study. What I study is incredibly diverse. I've just returned from a year in Brussels to complete my final year."

Emily Compton
Music



"I'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion
Languages

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