Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code WTH4
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects East Asian Studies Korean Studies 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

Studying both music and Korean studies will give you a firm grasp on both subjects.

Music modules cover the history and psychology of music, ethnomusicology, jazz and popular music, music education, music technology and the music business. If you choose to study performance, you will get expert tuition on your principal instrument.

The music side of the degree is assessed by projects, performances and coursework, so there are plenty of opportunities to be creative.

We teach Korean intensively, from scratch, starting in the first year. You will take modules on the history, culture and society of Korea. You'll spend your second year studying at a university in Korea.

In the third and fourth years, the language training gets more advanced and you will study more specialist areas of Korean history, culture and business.

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 + 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

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Music website

School of East Asian Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Korean Language 1A
Korean Language 2A
Korean Language 1B
Korean Language 2B

Optional modules:

Composition
History of Western Music
Music of the World
Performance
Electronic Music: Technologies and Techniques
Ensemble Participation
Folk Music Participation
Harmony and Counterpoint
Introduction to Music Psychology
Popular Music Studies
The Materials of Music

Second year

Core modules:

Korea Year Abroad

Third year

Core modules:

Korean Language 3A
Korean Language 4A
Korean Language 3B
Korean Language 4B

Optional modules:

Creative Applications of Music Technology
Ethnomusicology
Intermediate Composition
Intermediate Performance
Mozart in Vienna, 1781-1791
Music Promotions
Music and Wellbeing
Music in Renaissance Europe
Musicology
Orchestral Technique
Practical Musicianship
Psychology of Music: methods and applications
Topics in Popular Music
Traditional Music in the Modern World
World Music Performance

Fourth year

Core modules:

Korean Language 5
Korean Language 6

Optional modules:

Extended Dissertation
Extended Portfolio of Compositions
Extended Prepared Instrumental or Vocal Recital
Extended Special Project
Creative Applications of Music Technology
Dissertation
Ethnomusicology
Intermediate Composition
Mozart in Vienna, 1781-1791
Music Promotions
Music and Wellbeing
Music in Renaissance Europe
Musicology
Orchestral Technique
Portfolio of Compositions
Practical Musicianship
Prepared Instrumental or Vocal Recital
Psychology of Music: methods and applications
Researching Korea 1
Researching Korea 2
Special Project
Topics in Popular Music
Traditional Music in the Modern World
World Music Performance

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. 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

School of East Asian Studies

Our courses are designed to immerse you in the languages and cultures of East Asian countries. You will be taught by native speakers in Chinese, Japanese and Korean in regular small group classes using custom made course material. To enhance your learning, we also make use of our modern virtual language lab, which enables you to learn using visual and audio aids.

Our courses are based on world-leading research and taught by experts whose work influences policy and informs public debate. Most of our staff publish in their specialist fields. Many of them have written books for major publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and Macmillan.

Take one of our Chinese, Japanese or Korean studies degrees and spend a year studying at a leading university in your chosen country. Our partners are Nanjing University in China, four high ranking universities in South Korea including Yonsei University in Seoul and more than 25 Japanese universities including Tokyo, Kyoto and Waseda University.

School of East Asian 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



"We're provided with a really rounded education... and when you sit back and think that you've just had a conversation about human rights in Chinese, it's really exciting."

Thomas Frasier
School of East Asian Studies

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