Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VW53
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Philosophy Music

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Department of Music
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0488

Department of Music

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

Course description

Studying music and philosophy will give you a firm grasp on both subjects. Half your modules will be in music, the other half in philosophy. A personal tutor will work with you over the three years to help you make the most of this combination.

Music modules include the history and psychology of music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music, music education, music technology and the music business. If you create a degree path that includes performance, you'll get expert tuition on your principal instrument.

The philosophy side of the course is completely flexible. There are no compulsory modules. You can develop your understanding of key areas such as ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, metaphysics and logic. We also teach courses on major figures including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel.

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
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including Music and/or Music Technology+B
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in Higher Level Music or 33+Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit+Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
BTEC DDD in Music
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including Music or D3 M2 M2+Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit+Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Scottish Highers AAABB including Music or AAABB+Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit+Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
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
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.

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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.

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.

Department of Music website

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our research-led teaching; our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

The department is a community. We share a belief that our subject is relevant, even vital, to people outside the university. We run sessions on careers, so you're clear how your degree can make you an asset to an employer. Through projects like Philosophy in the City, you'll use what you learn to make a difference in the community.

And we look after each other. You'll get a personal adviser, a member of staff to guide you through your time here. You also have the option of a Philosophy Mentor, a second or third year student to support you during your first year.

Department of Philosophy 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.

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

"There is scope with the modules to focus on music performance, composition, history and technology. The practice rooms and equipment are fantastic."

Simon Stewart

"Sheffield's fantastic because the lectures are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures.""

Emma Shepherd

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