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Philosophy and Music (BA)

Award
Bachelor of Arts
Typical Offer
AAB-ABB View full entry requirements
Duration
3 years
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Avenue
UCAS Course code
VW53

This programme has vacancies in Clearing and Adjustment

About this course

On this joint BA Philosophy and Music degree, you’ll engage with some of the biggest questions in Western philosophy while developing advanced skills in musical performance, composition and analysis. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of both subjects, and have the freedom to pursue your own interests through optional modules covering topics as varied as existentialism, studio techniques and 19th century Italian opera. You'll also get to spend a placement year abroad.

This degree will give you an excellent education in philosophy and music. In your degree you can:

  • develop an understanding of philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility

  • apply philosophical thought to language, morality, sex and other important aspects of life

  • explore a range of music from European music in the Renaissance and Baroque periods right through the the music of the 20th century and global hip hop

  • understand the principles of Western tonal music, including harmony and counterpoint

  • learn how to write and present dissertations and research

You’ll be taught in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment, and benefit from the expertise of both visiting performers and academic staff whose researches feed directly into the course content.

You can also improve your musical skills and performance through:

  • workshops with professional performers

  • submitting original compositions

  • managing the administration of public music events

You can take modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology, studying a language, or choosing from a range of cross-disciplinary modules.

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.