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VW53 BA Philosophy and Music (3 years)

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Introducing your degree

A Philosophy and Music degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent and rigorous education exploring fundamental and far-reaching issues, while developing advanced skills in musical performance, composition, and analysis. During the BA in Philosophy and Music at Southampton you will gain an in-depth knowledge of core areas of philosophy and music while also pursuing your own interests through optional modules. Your time here will be rich, stimulating and enjoyable, and you will graduate as an independently-minded, confident individual with the skills required for a successful career.

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Programme Structure

Over each year, you must take eight modules, or the equivalent, including at least three modules in each subject. You take four modules each semester.

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a philosopher and musician by completing either a Philosophy dissertation or a Music research project.

Key Facts

Unusually wide range of courses, with much of our teaching conducted in genuinely small groups

High contact hours, including small group teaching with faculty from your first year

Composition activities include extensive project work, workshops with professional performers and advanced studio techniques, leading to the submission of a collection of original compositions

Did you know?

You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code VW54 when you apply through UCAS.

Typical entry requirements

IB:
Typical IB entry requirements for BA Philosophy and Music
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate   
For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
GCE A-Level AAB to ABB including Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB to BBB including Music, and grade A in the EPQ, and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to 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 allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB to BBB including Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
A-level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects. *Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology. We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification. We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AAB to ABB from 3 A levels including Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
or
AA to AB from two A levels including Music and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.
Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects. *Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology. We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification. We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.
Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects. *Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology. We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification. We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
OR
60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 to must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*. Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology. We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification. We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 to H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 including Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 B1 to A2 A2 B1 B1 B2 B2 including Music at B1 and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
Irish Leaving Certificate additional information Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects. *Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology. We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification. We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 D3 M2 to D3 M2 M2 in three principal subjects including Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.
Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects. *Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology. We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification. We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
OR
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A to B in A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma in Music plus A to B in an A level and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
OR
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A to B in A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.
Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music plus AA to AB in two A levels and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
OR
Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA to AB to include A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
OR
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A to B in A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma in Music plus A to B in an A level and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
OR
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A to B in A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.
Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Music plus AA to AB in two A levels and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
OR
Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA to AB to include A level Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
Level 3 BTEC additional information Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Our lower offer is given to applicants studying one or more of these preferred subjects.
*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We welcome students onto our programmes who are not at this level if their interests focus on other areas, such as composition, music technology and/or music history and ethnomusicology. We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc). We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification. We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.
European Baccalaureate offer 80% overall including grade 8 in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
OR
77% overall including grade 8 in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE  
GCE A-level AAB to ABB including a Grade B in Music; and a Pass in Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*. Where Music is not studied at A Level: AAB to ABB and a Pass in Grade 8 Music Theory and a Pass in Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*. Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.
International Baccalaureate requirements 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Music and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard* Where Music is not studied as part of the International Baccalaureate: 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 at Higher Level, and Grade 8 Music Theory and Grade 8 Music Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard*.

For applicants not undertaking a Level 3 qualification in Music (e.g. A level Music, BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music), a Grade 6 music theory qualification can be accepted in combination with 3 A levels (or equivalent) and a Grade 8 music practical qualification or demonstrated equivalent standard.*

*Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video.

Music Technology A Level or BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma are not accepted in lieu of Music A Level or BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Music.

Preferred subjects

Applicants who are taking an A Level or International Baccalaureate module in one of our below preferred subjects will usually receive an offer of ABB or 32 points with 16 at Higher Level. Applicants who are not taking an A Level or International Baccalaureate module in one of our below preferred subjects will usually receive an offer of AAB or 34 points with 17 at Higher Level.

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • English
  • Religious Studies
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Sociology
  • Government and Politics
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. 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 with not less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 in Listening and Speaking

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

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 who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB to BBB from three A levels including Grade B in Music; and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard* or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

Selection process:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

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

Typical course content

Over each year, you must take eight modules, or the equivalent, including at least three modules in each subject. You take four modules each semester.

Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One
Compulsory
PHIL1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MUSI1007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Compulsory
PHIL1002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
MUSI1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI1022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI1021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One
Compulsory
PHIL2028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2116Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2127Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2132Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2141Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2145Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2146Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Optional
HUMA2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2141Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2093Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2123Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI2147Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PAIR2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Year 3

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Students must choose at least one of MUSI3003, MUSI3017, MUSI3021, and PHIL3013.

Semester One
Optional
MUSI3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PHIL3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3132Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3138Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3148Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3149Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PAIR3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3054Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3055Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Optional
MUSI3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PHIL3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI3148Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3100Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3106Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MUSI3150Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3049Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL3050Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Philosophy and Music BA2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
Philosophy and Music BA2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
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.
EquipmentHartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves. The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's. Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves.
EquipmentComputer Discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses: All software is provided Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; 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. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page The University Print Centre https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/index.page? also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/humanities/undergraduate/courses/music.page
OtherVocal and Instrumental Lessons: Specialist vocal and instrumental tuition for single and joint honors Music students taking performance modules is generally provided free at the point of delivery. When lessons happen away from Highfield Campus students are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from their lessons. Students are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from off-campus rehearsal, performance and music examination venues. Most of those we use are within walking distance of Highfield Campus. Students taking instrumental lessons are expected to own and maintain their own instruments, maintenance including the cost of repairs and of replacement parts (new strings, drumheads etc.). Students are strongly advised to arrange insurance for their instruments, covering all the usual risks including theft from places of residence and from university storerooms. Storage space for instruments is available in Music Department storerooms. Dozens of students have access to them: it is not possible to guarantee security. The university will accept no responsibility for loss or damage to instruments left in storerooms. Students taking performance modules will be given keys to practice rooms and storerooms. Keys must be returned on or before graduation day. Students will be charged £10.00 per replacement key in the event of loss. Jazz and pop students must buy and use their own ear protectors if asked to do so by a teacher. Hartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves. The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's. Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves. Turner Sims -- the university concert hall -- makes 10 tickets for each of its own-promoted concerts available free of charge to Music on a first come, first served basis. (There are very rare exceptions: gala concerts intended to raise funds for Turner Sims for instance.) Monday and Friday lunchtime concerts in Turner Sims organised by the Music Department are free of charge both to Music students and to the wider public. External promoters hiring Turner Sims can charge what they like for admission to concerts. Student-run performing arts societies such as the University of Southampton Symphony Orchestra, JazzManix and Showstoppers (there are many others which Music students might like to join) are free to set their own membership subscriptions. The Music Department does not contribute directly towards the cost of running these societies. ACADEMIC MODULES Very few Music lecturers insist that students purchase specific set texts. Copies of set texts are made available in Hartley Library, if necessary in the reference-only "course collection" or on short-term loan. Students may wish to own copies of recommended books but are free to choose which to buy and which to borrow. Some lecturers prepare course handbooks for the modules they are teaching. These are generally made available free of charge to students taking the modules. For unusually bulky handbooks there may be a charge to pay -- never more than £10.00 per copy. Music software packages are available for licensed use at designated university computer workstations free of charge to Music students. Students who wish to install compatible software on their own computers will have to cover the cost themselves. Students using the university's Follow Me print service will be charged per page printed out, at rates listed here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page Field trips are infrequent and almost always optional. When occasionally they do happen students involved may be expected to cover travel costs and to pay for admission to the venue(s) visited. Staff organizing trips make every effort to keep costs to a minimum, negotiating group and student discounts whenever possible. No one trip is likely to cost more than £20 total.

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Combine pleasure with learning
Combine pleasure with learning

Our teaching draws upon the cutting-edge research of Southampton's academics and artists, all of whom are actively engaged in presenting and publishing their work in philosophy and music to international audiences.

We place special emphasis on small group teaching. Alongside lectures, you will participate from your first year of study in tutorials and seminars in which you will explore and develop your own ideas in discussion with fellow students and staff.

You will be assessed by more than just essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in teams, give presentations, submit group projects, develop websites, and manage larger research projects such as dissertations.

Turner Sims, one of the best purpose-built recital halls in southern England, is located on campus and provides a centre for student musical activity.

Opportunities for performance are plentiful - in addition to degree-related solo and ensemble performance courses, the department sponsors a series of lively student and professional lunchtime concerts at the Turner Sims during term.

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor, a leading academic who provides help and support at every stage of study.

Throughout the degree, we impart advanced skills in reasoning, research, communication, and analysis, skills which, alongside the skills in performance and composition, will prepare you for further study or a future career.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study20%18%19%
Independent study80%82%81%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment28%26%0%
Practical exam assessment15%35%12%
Coursework assessment57%39%88%

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