Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code WTH4
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up tuition fee and additional costs
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

This degree allows you to perform, compose and write about music while developing your language skills and understanding of Korean culture.

We teach Korean from scratch, so you don't need previous experience. As well as intensive language training, we offer modules that cover the whole of East Asia, putting Korean issues into regional and global context. Towards the end of your course, you'll focus on more advanced and vocational skills in writing, summary, precision translation, debate and oral presentation.

The music course is one of the most flexible and diverse music programmes in the UK. Our curriculum and expertise span seven different areas: performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology, musical industries, and music technology. We offer an impressive array of modules, with academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music. You'll develop your skills as a musician and music researcher, and have the freedom to follow your own interests.

As a dual honours student, you'll divide your studies between the Department of Music and the School of East Asian Studies. You'll be required to take a minimum number of credits within both departments each year, but how you choose to divide your modules after this is up to you: split your modules evenly between Korean studies and music or choose to weight your degree in favour of one subject or the other.

In your second year, you will spend time studying in Seoul, South Korea at one of our six partner universities, experiencing the culture first hand and honing your language skills by living alongside native speakers.

Throughout your degree, you'll be studying in an environment dedicated to high-quality teaching, world-leading research, and innovative public engagement. We have cutting-edge facilities, including purpose-built music practice rooms, recording studios and music psychology labs.

Outside of your degree, there are many ways to develop your interests, insights and critical faculties. Opportunities include student-led reading groups, multiple ensembles, active student societies, and our University Concerts series, which hosts over 100 musical events and performances every year.

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) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB, including Music and/or Music Technology + B in a relevant EPQ or BBB + Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) + Grade 5 Theory (AMRSM/Trinity)
International Baccalaureate 33, 5 in Higher Level Music or 33 + Grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
BTEC DDD in Music
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, including Music or D3 M2 M2 + 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)
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB, including Music or B + AB + Grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other 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
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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 30%
Independent study 71%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 43%
Coursework 38%
Practical 19%

Department of Music

The Soundhouse

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. 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.

We're ranked fourth in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction according to the 2019 National Student Survey.

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 have a 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 field and 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, six 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



"What I enjoy most is the variety; you can be moving from doing economy in China, cinema in Korea to business in Japan in the space of a single semester, so you can tailor it to your own interests."

Frankie Gurdon
School of East Asian Studies

Year abroad

You will spend the second year of your degree studying in Seoul, South Korea at one of our six partner institutions, including Yonsei University and Sungkyunkwan University. All of our partner universities in Seoul are high-quality institutions which will provide you with the same, high level of teaching and support that is available in Sheffield.

During your year in Korea you'll immerse yourself in this fascinating country. You'll continue to take intensive Korean language courses as well as choosing from a range of other modules.

Work experience

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

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Department of Music
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