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Mathematical Sciences

G1W3 BSc Mathematics with Music (3 yrs)

Mathematicians often have an affinity for music, whether because both subjects involve abstract structures or because of the aesthetic beauty which each evokes. Both areas of study enable you to develop a range of skills useful in many areas of employment. They both stretch the imagination, involve the necessity to develop precise communication, require teamwork and involve modern computing skills.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved in musical performance, both on and off the course. You might join one of the orchestral or vocal groups, or develop your solo performance skills. We are fortunate in having the purpose-built Turner Sims Concert Hall on campus, with its fine acoustic and impressive baroque style organ. There are free lunchtime concerts throughout term time, in which you may well take part in due course.


Introducing your degree

Music and mathematics have a history as old as civilisation itself and this unique programme will allow you to combine your love of them both. You will be able to study Mathematics at an advanced level while deepening your performance ability on your instrument of choice or expanding your knowledge and appreciation of music.
This BSc degree opens a range of careers, which require traditional mathematical background, from technology to the banking sector, while allowing you to pursue other options in education, music and technology or media.

Programme Overview

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Programme Structure

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Key Facts

100% of our research is world-leading or internationally-excellent (REF, 2014)

Ranked 4th in the Russell Group for student:staff ratio

One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK

Wide range of degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programmes

Large international cohort

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelIn terms of A-level grades our standard offer is AAA (or AAB with Further Mathematics) or equivalent, including grade A in A-level Mathematics and grade B in Music. Students who are not taking Further Mathematics but who are taking a STEP paper will normally receive an offer of AAB or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics, grade B in Music and grade 2 in STEP. For more details of the STEP papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website. We accept any of the three STEP papers.
International Baccalaureate36 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U

Our normal requirements are for D3D3M1 in the three principle subjects including D3 in Mathematics and at least M1 in Music.

In addition we welcome applications from candidates offering other suitable qualifications with an appropriate mathematical content.

English Language Requirement

All applicants must have GCSE Grade C or above in English language. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Use of Contextual Data

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students identified in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Applicants are selected on the quality of their application. Applicants with a strong academic background and a clear commitment to Mathematics will be considered for an offer based on the quality of their UCAS application.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

This programme allows you to combine your study of mathematics with music. The two subjects have a particular affinity, as they are each concerned with exploring abstract structure. Certainly some aspects of music can be thought of as "mathematics for the ear". Conversely, mathematics has an aesthetic of its own: an elegant proof is like a poem or a piece of music. 

This page gives a brief outline of the structure of the programme. For more details and regulations pertaining to this degree programme see the programme specification link on the Programme Details Tab.

Year 1

As well as the compulsory modules shown below, students are required to take 2 MUSIC modules, (one in each semester). A full list of the music modules available can be found on the BA Music programme webpage

Year 2

As well as the compulsory modules listed below, students are required to take TWO MODULES consisting of ONE PAIR chosen from the Pure Mathematics pair (MATH2003 and MATH2046), the Applied Mathematics pair (MATH2008 and MATH2044) or the Statistics pair (MATH2011 and MATH2010) together with THREE MUSIC modules. A full list of the modules available can be found on the BA Music programme webpage.

Year 3

As well as the compulsory module listed below, students are required to take THREE other MATH3xxx modules and THREE MUSIC modules and ONE other MATHxxxx module from a list of available modules. A full list of the modules available can be found on the BA Music programme webpage.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules. 

The technical skills you will acquire are in great demand, as are the skills of understanding and analysing problems, together with communicating the results.

Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent mathematics graduates employed in roles ranging from actuaries and statisticians to crime analysts and medical researchers. Music can open doors in fields from media, production and performance to events management, arts administration and teaching.

Learning & Assessment

The Department uses a wide variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving small group tutorial work and computer based learning that builds on what you learn in lectures. Assessment is varied enabling you to demonstrate your strengths and show what you have learnt. Students are provided with a copy of the computer algebra package MAPLE that they can use on their own personal computers to assist their studies.

The University provides a wide range of modern services for learning and support, including a well-stocked modern library, a large number of computer workstations giving ready access to the internet, a Careers Service, a Job Shop and a Students Advice and Information Centre.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
EquipmentMusic equipment and materials: Students taking music modules should be aware that they may need to cover the cost of accompanists for performance modules. Further additional costs may be incurred, typically these may include: replacement strings, reeds, repair of equipment, music scripts etc.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
EquipmentIT: Software licences The software required for the programme is available on all public workstations on campus, and accessible from your own computer via VPN.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: For students undertaking modules with a high mathematical content, some assessed work will be submitted in handwritten hard copy format. Students are advised that they will need to bear the costs of the required stationery.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Study Locations

Highfield Campus

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