Welsh and Music (BA)

The Joint Honours degree in Music and Welsh provides the opportunity to specialise in two university honours subjects.

By combining Welsh and Music, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge, opening the doors to a variety of career paths. You may find a joint honours degree both stimulating and rewarding as you observe similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical context or recent research.

The Welsh course is relevant to contemporary Wales and delivered by a school noted for its research quality and impact. The course aims to produce graduates with a thorough academic and practical understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture, a high level of skill in written and spoken Welsh and well-developed employability and creative skills relevant to modern Wales.

Undergraduate courses in the School of Music are flexible and challenging, allowing you to specialise and develop your own interests while building a thorough grounding in music aesthetics, analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, music history and performance. The location of the school greatly adds to its appeal for music enthusiasts, as Cardiff is a great location for the study of music in the UK: the city has a professional opera company, Welsh National Opera, and a professional symphony orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The School of Music enjoys a fruitful relationship with both organisations that allows, for instance, students to attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • the opportunity to follow a degree course that develops skills relevant to both the academic world and the workplace
  • a core module which focuses on employability skills and which offers a period of work experience
  • a range of core and optional modules in Welsh language, literature and culture as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal and career interest
  • the emphasis on practical research skills, that will benefit you throughout your career
  • the emphasis on independent learning in a supportive environment
  • the involvement of research-active staff in teaching
  • the experience of being taught by staff who will recognise you as an individual
  • instrumental tuition is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument, including accompaniment at your final recital
  • Business of Music module offers a short work placement
  • learning opportunities such as composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, the John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics and careers talks provide opportunities for contact with active music professionals

Key facts

UCAS CodeQW53
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 56% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Typical places availableThe School of Welsh typically has 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of Welsh typically receives 100 applications.
Typical A level offerBBB. Three A levels, including Music and Welsh. Two AS subjects may be considered in lieu of a third A-level. General Studies A level is not accepted. All joint honours applicants with Music are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one instrument or voice at the time of application. Consideration will be given to applicants who are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 7/8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerTypical offers would be BB (to include Music) plus Welsh Bacc (Grade A in the Core). All joint honours applicants with Music are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one instrument or voice at the time of application. Consideration will be given to applicants who are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade7/ 8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 points in total with Music Higher Level 6 points required and at least 5 points in Welsh at Higher Level.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 120 credits a year, equally split between 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Music.

Year one

You will take 120 credits in all. There are two routes in the first year, one for students who have studied Welsh as a first language and the other for students who have studied Welsh as a second language. First-language Welsh students will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Music, while second-language students will take 80 credits in Welsh and 40 in Music.

The emphasis in year one Welsh is on developing key skills (linguistic, analytical, creative and employability) in the fields of language and literature, and all students follow a set number of modules with an appropriate number of contact hours. The School will also provide additional arrangements for second language students to develop and practise their language skills.

Normally, students who have studied A-level Welsh as a second language follow the second-language route, but we will consider your linguistic skills, both oral and written, before deciding which route you will follow.

For the first-language route the core modules are:

  • Iaith ac Ystyr [Language and Meaning]
  • Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd [Author, Text and Reader]
  • Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes [The Welsh Language in Contemporary Wales]

For the second-language route the core modules are:

  • Sgiliau Llafar [Oral Skills]
  • Defnyddio’r Gymraeg [Using Welsh]
  • Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature]
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]

The first year in Music is essentially a foundation year preparing you to take advantage of the creative and intellectual benefits of higher education. It offers core instruction in analysis, harmony and counterpoint, history of music, composition and practical musicianship. As a BA student you will take a free choice from these subjects.

To complement your academic study, you are actively encouraged to join the University Choir or Orchestra and other ensembles.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Composition 1AMU110710 credits
Elements of Tonal Music IMU112520 credits
Elements of Tonal Music IIMU122720 credits
The Full WorksMU112710 credits
Composition 1BMU120810 credits
Fundamental AcousticsMU121710 credits
Repertoire StudiesMU131720 credits
ETHNOMUSICOLOGY I: MUSIC IN HUMAN LIFEMU112410 credits
A HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSICMU122610 credits
Practical Musicianship IMU131410 credits
Sgiliau llafarCY150020 credits
Defnyddio'r GymraegCY150120 credits
From Page To Stage: Dramaturgy in Musical TheatreMU123010 credits
Astudio LlenyddiaethCY150620 credits
Y Gymraeg HeddiwCY150820 credits
Iaith ac YstyrCY160020 credits
Awdur, Testun a DarllenyddCY160120 credits
Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru GyfoesCY160220 credits

Year two

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Music.

In year two Welsh, you will build on the skills and knowledge acquired in year one. The core linguistic elements of the course focus on language skills within both an academic and a vocational context, and include a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis.

Alongside these core elements, the Welsh course offers optional modules in years two and three in Welsh language, literature and culture, including several with direct relevance to specific fields of employment, such as language planning, scriptwriting and translation.

In the second and third years of Music you will select from groups of analytical, stylistic and historical modules together with practical musicianship. We have developed year two modules that are designed to help you better understand different branches of the music profession and give an opportunity for a short placement in an area related to music or the arts, either in one block or as a series of regular workplace visits.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Harmonic Practice (1750-1900)MU211410 credits
Contrapuntal Practice (1750-1900)MU222410 credits
Composition IIMU232020 credits
Analysing 20th Century MusicMU215210 credits
Studio Techniques I : Midi and SynthesisersMU215310 credits
Studio Techniques I : Midi and SynthesisersMU226110 credits
Formal Functions in The Classical TraditionMU215720 credits
Practical Musicianship I IMU235520 credits
MUSIC SOUNDED OUT: INTERPRETING ORAL AND RECORDED GENRES AND FORMSMU235620 credits
ORCHESTRATIONMU216120 credits
ETHNOMUSICOLOGY II: Music in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveMU227120 credits
The Business of Music IIMU227220 credits
The Business of Music IMU216410 credits
Cymraeg y Gweithle a'r GymunedCY220020 credits
Sgiliau IaithCY250120 credits
Ysgrifennu AcademaiddCY250220 credits
Reading Film SoundMU227410 credits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Technoleg Iaith mewn Cymdeithas DdigidolCY380520 credits
Issues in Popular MusicMU216010 credits
Issues in Popular MusicMU217020 credits
Performance Practice and Organology: The Long Eighteenth Century 1700-1830MU216710 credits
Performance Practice and Organology: The Long Eighteenth Century 1700-1830MU216820 credits
Introduction To Schenkerian AnalysisMU225710 credits
Opera From Handel To WeberMU225610 credits
Opera from Handel to WeberMU227820 credits
Reading Film SoundMU227720 credits

Year three

You will take 60 credits in Welsh and 60 credits in Music.

In Welsh, it is compulsory to choose one of the following modules:

  • Blas ar Ymchwil [Research Taster]
  • Ymchwilio Estynedig [Extended Research]

You will have a choice of an essay or project of 4,000 words (20 credits) or 8,000 words (40 credits), to be completed under the direction of a member of staff who is an expert in the relevant field. This may lead to further research or provide an effective showcase for potential employers. You will also choose more optional modules.

Your Music modules will build upon the foundation established in years one and two with further immersion into music academia, with the addition of projects.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Practical Musicianship III (Ensemble)MU313710 credits
Case Studies in Performance PracticeMU315410 credits
FugueMU333020 credits
DissertationMU334030 credits
Case Studies in Performance PracticeMU315820 credits
Practical Musicianship IV (Performance)MU334420 credits
Project in Music AnalysisMU334330 credits
Studio Techniques II : Audio and Hard Disk RecordingMU316320 credits
Studio Techniques II: Audio and Hard Disk RecordingMU326720 credits
Composition IvMU334520 credits
20th Century Contrapuntal PracticeMU316410 credits
Project in EthnomusicologyMU334630 credits
The Birth of ModernismMU314910 credits
The Birth of ModernismMU316520 credits
Cyfieithu ProffesiynolCY370520 credits
Notation and Editing of Early MusicMU327320 credits
Blas ar YmchwilCY390020 credits
Ymchwilio EstynedigCY390540 credits
Wagner and Romantic OperaMU327410 credits
Wagner and Romantic OperaMU327520 credits
Ysgrifennu CreadigolCY212420 credits
Ailddehongli Llenyddiaeth yr Oesoedd CanolCY310020 credits
Llenyddiaeth er 1900CY320020 credits
Llenyddiaeth PlantCY331020 credits
Theori a Beirniadaeth LenyddolCY333020 credits
TafodieithegCY345020 credits
SosioieithyddiaethCY353020 credits
Technoleg Iaith mewn Cymdeithas DdigidolCY380520 credits
Nineteenth Century Italian OperaMU316810 credits
Nineteenth Century Italian OperaMU316920 credits
The Cultures of BeethovenMU328010 credits
The Cultures of BeethovenMU328120 credits
Innovation and Tradition in French Music Since 1920MU328210 credits
Innovation and Tradition in French Music Since 1920MU328320 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

The degree is based on a range of core (mandatory) and optional modules. Each module is supported by electronic teaching materials shared via Learning Central, part of the University’s virtual learning environment.

We provide exciting and challenging teaching in order to help you succeed in a competitive environment. Our teaching is informed and led by research, so you will learn about the latest ideas from scholars who are contributing to the development of their specialist subjects.

The teaching is usually delivered through the medium of lectures and seminars which provide you with the opportunity to discuss the subject matter in detail within groups, with all modules in the School of Welsh being taught through the medium of Welsh. However, there is also an important role to be played by one-on-one tutorials, workshops and language classes (especially for students following the second language route).

Music modules teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, one-to-one tutorials, rehearsals and ensemble instrumental tuition. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

How will I be supported?

As well as having regular feedback from your personal tutor in each course, you will have a reading week each semester for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback in lectures and seminars, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.

Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development

The degree is especially suited to those seeking a career in teaching or academia, arts, but it can just as effectively lead on to other types of graduate employment or provide the foundation for postgraduate study.

The demand for Welsh speakers means that a degree in Welsh can be highly valuable for jobs and roles that require bilingual speakers. Many of our graduates are now following careers in areas such as law, politics, media, performing arts, administration and education, or engaged in postgraduate study. In 2013/14, 100% of the School of Welsh’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Employability skills are embedded in modules at the School of Music so that you will learn both music-specific and academic skills that are transferable to other domains, especially the workplace. The skills developed within a music degree help our students to progress to a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the music profession.

Graduates have gone on to careers with the BBC, Arts Councils, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, universities, Oxford University Press, the National Trust, and London Symphony Orchestra, along with a range of other industrial, commercial, and charitable organisations.

In 2013/14, 98% of the School of Music’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2016/17)

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2016/17)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£14,500None

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

Other than your principal study instrument, you will not need any specific equipment.

Year two includes a period of work experience in a workplace in which Welsh is used on a daily basis. This period of work experience is part of a programme of events designed to focus on developing employability and career skills.


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