Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Music and Philosophy

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Course summary

The Music and Philosophy joint degree course at Durham enables students to pursue their interests in both disciplines, explore the fascinating intersection between them, and enjoy belonging to two particularly vibrant departments. In Philosophy, a wide selection of modules is on offer, addressing the most fundamental questions that arise in diverse areas of human concern, from religion and politics, to morality and the sciences. In Music, the learning of techniques such as harmony, counterpoint, and aural skills are juxtaposed with an investigation of the most up-to-date thinking in musicology, critical theory, composition (acoustic and electroacoustic), analysis, ethnomusicology, cognitive musicology, and performance. Year 1 In the first year, you will take the Philosophy core modules of Ethics and Values and Knowledge and Reality. These concern the two broad divisions of Philosophy, into Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge on the one hand, and Moral Philosophy on the other. First-year students also get to choose one of the following Philosophy modules: Introduction to Logic Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science History and Theory of Medicine Reading Philosophy. Reading Philosophy is a text-based course which examines in depth classic works by writers such as Plato, Hume and Sartre. In Music, you will take Historical Studies 1 and two other modules from the following list: Introduction to Ethnomusicology Analysis 1: Elements of Tonal Theory and Practice Musical Techniques Composition Performance 1 – either with recital or essay. Years 2 and 3 In the third year, you will take the Aesthetics Philosophy module. In the second and third years, you will also have a choice of a wide range of topics within Philosophy. In previous years these have included: Moral Theory Philosophy of Mind Modern Philosophy I and II Gender, Film and Society Issues in Contemporary Ethics Philosophy of Religion Political Philosophy Metaphysics Language, Logic and Reality Twentieth Century European Philosophy Philosophy of Science The Philosophy of Economics: Theory, Methods and Values Science and Religion Applied Ethics Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Science History and Philosophy of Psychiatry Biomedical Ethics. There is an equally broad choice of modules within Music. You will also have the opportunity to study a subject in depth, by writing a substantial dissertation of your choice. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. Study Abroad (Music) As part of an extensive curriculum review we have created lots of exciting new opportunities for a year's study abroad for those on the BA (Hons) Music. Exchanges take place after the second year of the degree with our partner institutions, which include the University of Oslo, the Sorbonne in Paris, La Sapienza in Rome, alongside many others. (Philosophy) We participate in exchange schemes through which you may spend a year of your studies abroad with the University of California.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 In the first year, you will take the Philosophy core modules of Ethics and Values and Knowledge and Reality. These concern the two broad divisions of Philosophy, into Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge on the one hand, and Moral Philosophy on the other. First-year students also get to choose one of the following Philosophy modules: Introduction to Logic Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science History and Theory of Medicine Reading Philosophy. Reading Philosophy is a text-based course which examines in depth classic works by writers such as Plato, Hume and Sartre. In Music, you will take Historical Studies 1 and two other modules from the following list: Introduction to Ethnomusicology Analysis 1: Elements of Tonal Theory and Practice Musical Techniques Composition Performance 1 – either with recital or essay. Years 2 and 3 In the third year, you will take the Aesthetics Philosophy module. In the second and third years, you will also have a choice of a wide range of topics within Philosophy. In previous years these have included: Moral Theory Philosophy of Mind Modern Philosophy I and II Gender, Film and Society Issues in Contemporary Ethics Philosophy of Religion Political Philosophy Metaphysics Language, Logic and Reality Twentieth Century European Philosophy Philosophy of Science The Philosophy of Economics: Theory, Methods and Values Science and Religion Applied Ethics Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Science History and Philosophy of Psychiatry Biomedical Ethics. There is an equally broad choice of modules within Music. You will also have the opportunity to study a subject in depth, by writing a substantial dissertation of your choice. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

**Contextual Offers** Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB or ABC including a Grade B in Music (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/. **Additional Subject Specific Information** Qualifications that do not include Music must be accompanied by a Music A Level or equivalent or ABRSM Grade VII Theory. Grade 7 or 8 in first instrument is advisable but by no means essential. Keyboard skills are advisable (but not absolutely essential), since they aid score reading and analysis.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

English language requirements

https://www.dur.ac.uk/learningandteaching.handbook/1/3/3/


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £24500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £24500 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Music and Philosophy at Durham University - UCAS