Why study this course
This Joint Honours degree programme enables students to combine the study of Music and Mathematics with an adventure-packed year studying at one of our partner universities abroad.
Year abroad - On this degree you will have the exciting opportunity to study at a university abroad for one year. You will learn while you travel and experience the practices and culture of a different country.
Fully-funded instrumental tuition - Your instrumental tuition is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument if you are studying a Practical Musicianship module.
Work placement opportunities - Your Business of Music modules offer a short work placement, composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, the John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics, and careers talks providing many opportunities for you to engage with active music professionals.
Student support - In addition to having your very own personal Math tutor at the start of the first year, you will also have access to weekly tutorials, supervised computer laboratories and daily drop-in sessions for one-to-one support.
Where you'll study
Mae ein Hysgol fywiog, sydd dan arweiniad y gymuned, yn cynnig hyfforddiant cerddorol trylwyr a chyfleoedd gwerthfawr i berfformio, cyfansoddi ac i astudio cerddoriaeth.
Mae ein graddau deallusol cyffrous wedi'u hachredu er mwyn cwrdd â gofynion addysgol enwebiad Mathemategydd Siartredig.
Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
UK and EU students (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.
Students from outside the EU (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.
Costs for sandwich years
During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.
Course specific equipment
Other than your principal study instrument, you will not need any specific equipment.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
In Music, year one prepares you to take advantage of the creative and intellectual benefits of higher education. You will receive 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 topics, subject to availability.
To complement your academic study, you are actively encouraged to join the University Choir or Orchestra and other ensembles.
In Mathematics, year one consists of four compulsory modules. These are Foundations of Mathematics I, Vectors and Matrices, Foundations of Mathematics and Elementary Differential Equations.
Note that in both subjects some modules are ‘prerequisites’, providing essential preparation for more advanced modules if you wish to pursue them in later years.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Composition 1A||MU1107||10 credits|
|Ethnomusicology 1: Music in Human Life||MU1124||10 credits|
|Elements of Tonal Music 1||MU1125||20 credits|
|The Full Works||MU1127||10 credits|
|Elfennau 1||MU1135||20 credits|
|Composition 1B||MU1208||10 credits|
|A History of Popular Music||MU1226||10 credits|
|Elements of Tonal Music 2||MU1227||20 credits|
|From Page to Stage: Dramaturgy in Musical Theatre||MU1230||10 credits|
|Composing the Landscape||MU1231||10 credits|
|Elfennau 2||MU1237||20 credits|
|Practical Musicianship 1||MU1314||10 credits|
|Repertoire Studies||MU1317||20 credits|
|Cerddoriaeth Ymarferol I||MU1324||10 credits|
|Astudiaethau Repertoire||MU1327||20 credits|
In Music, courses are more advanced and you will focus on more specialist topics, choosing from four groups: Composition and Electroacoustic Studies, Written and Practical Musicianship, Analytical and Critical Skills, and Historical Studies.
Our year two modules on the Business of Music I/II 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.
In Mathematics, please see the module list to see the specifics of individual modules available.
Note that Statistics as a subject area is not available to students taking Music.
Year three: Sandwich year
Year three is spent studying abroad. The University has academic links in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada and the United States. Students studying abroad are entitled to their usual loans and travel grants are available from the Cardiff University Global Opportunities Centre.
Any student who undertakes a study placement or a traineeship/work placement in Europe is eligible to apply for an Erasmus grant.
While you are away from Cardiff, you will be assigned to the Year Abroad coordinator, who will keep in touch and monitor your progress. You will also be assigned a personal tutor at the host institution.
In Music, you choose again from the four subject groups, and may pursue one of the three major academic projects: Dissertation, Project in Ethnomusicology, or Project in Music Analysis.
You may complete a short composition portfolio (Composition IV) and/or an ‘open’ recital in front of examiners and an invited audience (Practical Musicianship IV).
There are no core modules for Mathematics in year four.
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.
Learning and assessment
School of Music
In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.
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.
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. Our second-year modules on the Business of Music are designed to help you better understand different branches of the music profession and provide an opportunity to undertake a short placement in a music-related or arts-related area.
Our annual series of talks on Careers in Music offer a great chance to meet professionals active in a range of fields such as performance, music education, music journalism, arts and artist management, production and licensing, and composing for media.
School of Mathematics
In 2015/16, 89% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.
The Mathematics degree programmes at Cardiff will equip you with specialist numerical skills and develop your capacity for logical and analytical thought. These are qualities which are in demand across a broad range of stimulating and rewarding careers.
In addition to the formal teaching on the programme the School of Mathematics also has significant engagement with the Careers Service and Employers. This includes a Careers Management Skills Programme, numerous company presentations held in the School, presentations by students returning from industry, and a range of sponsored prizes awarded for academic achievement.