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University of Sheffield

Music and Philosophy

UCAS Code: VW53

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

including Music or Music Technology (or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) plus Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9,P:0

in Music 60 credits overall with Distinctions in 36 Level 3 credits and Merits in 9 Level 3 credits

Extended Project

B

plus grades ABB in A Level including Music or Music Technology The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English at grade 4 or grade C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

including 5 in Higher Level in Music or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) plus Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

including Music or H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H3 +Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) +Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

plus grade A in A Level Music or DD in Music plus A level grade A

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

in Music

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

plus B in Music in a Scottish Advanced Higher (or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) plus Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

plus grades AA in Music or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) plus Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity)

UCAS Tariff

136-153

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Philosophy

Music

This course enables you to develop your musical abilities while learning about philosophical issues that have challenged thinkers for centuries. In your Music modules, you’ll study a diverse range of musical forms, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music, as well as optional modules in subjects such as music education, music technology and the music business. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your performance and composition skills. Through your Philosophy modules, you’ll explore key philosophical areas - ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, metaphysics and logic - as well as major figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel. You’ll also tackle real-world issues, examining topics like global justice, climate change and feminism through a philosophical lens.

You will be learning from academics and practitioners who are experts in their field, in departments that are innovators in terms of their research and public engagement. This civic ethos extends to the work our students do too. As a Music and Philosophy student, you can lead a music project or workshop in a local school through our student-led volunteering organisation Music in the City, or take part in the award-winning Philosophy in the City, which introduces school children to philosophical ideas they can apply to everyday life.

The academic aptitude and practical skills you will develop throughout your degree will give you a huge range of career options after university. As well as careers in teaching, law, social work, journalism, the civil service, and the charity sector, our graduates have gone on to become composers, performers, music therapists and broadcasters.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
International
£20,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/calculator. Further information - www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

Music

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
high
Philosophy
84%
high
Music

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
56%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

Music

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
48%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are a relatively popular option, with more than 2,000 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2015 - a little down on previous years, but still healthy. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level — so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into teaching, accountancy, consulting, journalism, PR, housing, marketing, human resources and the arts while a few go into the computer industry every year, where their logical training is highly rated.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Teaching and educational professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Philosophy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Music

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£22k

£22k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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