Cardiff University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

Mathematics and Music with a Year Abroad

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Course summary

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As a joint honours student of Music and Mathematics, you will find there are often complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. You will spend a similar amount of time on each subject, developing your musical understanding and skills while studying the fascinating and challenging subject of Mathematics. This four-year course allows you to spend the third year broadening your horizons by studying abroad. This course will provide you with a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of mathematics, alongside experience of a range of musical disciplines, including performance, composition, historical and critical musicology, ethnomusicology and acoustics. You will develop an ease with abstract mathematical concepts, logical argument and deductive reasoning, as well as a portfolio of skills associated with literate musicianship. Later in the course you can study appropriate advanced mathematical topics and at least one area of musical specialisation. Graduates from this course have moved into music-specific areas such as performance and composition, postgraduate study in mathematics and music and various roles needing a numerate or analytical approach. Cardiff is a great place for the study of music in the UK, as home to Welsh National Opera and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. School of Music students can attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts. You are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one or more instruments or voice at the time of your application. You may be considered if you are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the degree include: •instrumental tuition which is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument •Business of Music modules which offer a short work placement •composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, the John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics and the careers talks which provide many opportunities for contact with active music professionals •Mathematics classes are used to discuss both theoretical concepts and essential techniques •year three is spent studying at a partner institution abroad.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeGW31
Institution code C15
Campus nameMain Site - Cardiff
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB - ABB To include A in Mathematics and B in Music, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Grades DD in a BTEC Diploma in Music plus Grade A in A-Level Maths.
Scottish Advanced Higher AAB - ABB To include A in Mathematics and B in Music, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 - 32 points Which must include 6 in HL Maths & Music.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.
Extended Project A For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language grade C or 4

English language requirements

All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.

To find out more, please go to:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements/undergraduate


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £17700 Year 1
Channel Islands £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Channel Islands: Fees stated are for the 2020/21 academic year. Fees after year one The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete to the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel. Overseas: Fees stated are for 2020/21 entry and are fixed for the first three years of study. Where programmes run for longer than three years, any additional years of study will rise in line with forecast inflation, using the RPIX measure of inflation (this is equivalent to the Retail Price Index but excludes mortgage interest payments) plus 2%. The RPIX rate will be taken from April preceding the commencement of the year of study. Fees for entry in subsequent years are subject to increase and will be confirmed by the end of September in the year preceding your start date of your programme. Tuition fees cover all reasonable costs required for you to complete the degree programme stated. Please note that you may choose to participate in study trips, associated placements or purchase equipment while studying on your degree programme which will be at your own cost. Tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, subsistence or travel.

Sponsorship information

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

Mathematics and Music with a Year Abroad at Cardiff University - UCAS