Music and Philosophy at University of Nottingham - UCAS

Course summary

If you're a keen musician who wants to explore the exciting world philosophy offers then this is the course for you. Contemporary composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich both have philosophy degrees. And renowned philosopher Schopenhauer considered music the highest art, playing the flute his whole life. You'll study each subject separately but equally. The first year gives you a good grounding in both subjects. In your second and third years, you have free choice in both. This allows you to follow your interests and construct your own degree. Music Our music department has particular specialities in musicology, performance, composition and technology and the purpose-built facilities support your choices. There are spaces to compose, rehearse, perform, record and experiment! You are spoilt for choice if you want to carry on playing an instrument. There are opportunities across all genres - both on-campus and as part of the city's dynamic music scene. Philosophy The philosophy department offers an unusually diverse range of modules. Explore traditional topics along with emerging areas such as environmental and social philosophy. You'll also get to explore across Western, Indian and Chinese traditions. Uniquely, you will also work with professionals such as lawyers and journalists. They'll help you apply your new philosophical skills to a range of careers. You do not need any previous academic experience in philosophy to do this course. Combine with other subjects You may also combine Music and Philosophy with other subjects in our Liberal Arts BA.


The first year has a set of core modules that gives everyone a common understanding of both subjects. You can also choose options across both areas - start exploring subjects you've never experienced before or develop topics you've an existing interest in. The second and third years are fully optional. You can choose individuals modules that grab your interest or build a portfolio of studies that focusses on a particular theme. The final year dissertation is your opportunity to produce a longer piece of work that can combine both subjects into a single project. Throughout the course you have opportunities to study subjects outside of Music and Philosophy and develop language skills with our Language Centre.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 75% overall including 80% (8.5) in Music. Preferably to include Music but if no Music then we may also ask for a Pass in ABRSM Graded Theory Grade 5 or Trinity, Rockschool or LCM.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £26250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £26250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Music and Philosophy at University of Nottingham - UCAS