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.
Students on this programme particularly welcome the opportunity to combine the abstraction and intellectual rigour of mathematics with the more emotional enrichment of music. Graduates who, on the one hand, are numerate and highly competent in problem solving skills and, on the other hand, have experience on the music side of combining technical studies (such as analytical listening, performance and composition) with historical and critical work are in considerable demand in a wide variety of areas of employment.
Transfer to this programme is normally only possible early in Semester 1 from a number of other programmes in the School.
Ranked third in UK for quality of research outputs in applied mathematics. Ranked second in the UK for research power in statistics and operational research (RAE, 2008)
One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK
Wide range of degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programmes
Generous scholarship scheme for UK/EU and international students
Large international cohort
Typical entry requirements
In 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.
36 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics
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.
Average applicants per place: 10
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.
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.
As well as the compulsory modules shown below, students are required to take 2 MUSIC modules, from the following (one in each semester)
- Introduction to Twentieth Century Music
- Antique Music Roadshow 1: Materials of Music History c.1500-1750
- Antique Music Roadshow 2: Materials of Music History, 1750-1900
- Performance Tuition
- Introduction to Jazz Popular Music
- Foundations in Analysis, Counterpoint and Harmony
- Classical Tonal Composition
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.
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. An example of the range of optional modules is listed below.
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).
Learning and teaching
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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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.