Religious Studies and Music (BA)

Entry year

2018

Within this degree scheme, students will have the option to pair development of musical and creative talent with the study of religion.

Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding for the similarities and differences they encounter between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or the ability to experience and contribute to cutting–edge of research.

The School of Music and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion offer challenging and fascinating suites of modules in their respective subject areas. The flexibility of the course allows you to specialise and develop your own interests, while acquiring a solid, broad-based education and developing transferable skills.

Religion has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour.  You will have the opportunity to explore your own and other peoples' religious history and culture, and some of the fundamental questions of existence, in a flourishing centre of research. Your lecturers are active researchers in their fields, bringing the latest research into teaching.

Home to the arts, Cardiff is a great location for the study of music and history 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.

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 (or are working towards) Grade 7/8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.

Our Music modules allow you to specialise and develop your own musical interests whilst acquiring a solid, broad-based education in aesthetics, analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, music history and performance.

 

Distinctive features

  • This course is especially suited to those interested in seeing music within a broad cultural context, embracing the literary, the social, the historical and the political
  • Our range of optional modules enables you to study a programme that best suits you
  • Your optional third year dissertation may draw on both disciplines
  • Instrumental tuition is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument if you are taking a Practical Musicianship module
  • 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 the careers talks provides many opportunities for contact with active music professionals.


 

Key facts

UCAS CodeVW63
Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available. The School of Music typically has 70 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications. The School of Music typically receives 350 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

Typical A level offerBBB - BBC including a B in Music. Please note that General Studies will not be accepted. Please also see ‘Other requirements’ below. 
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerThe Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects. Please also see ‘Other requirements’ below. 
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 including 6 in HL Music OR 665-655 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL Music. Please also see ‘Other requirements’ below. 
Alternative qualificationsAlternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Music and School of History, Archaeology & Religion admissions criteria pages.
English Language requirementsIf you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.
Other requirementsYou will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C.  You will also be required to provide evidence that you have completed or are working towards Grade 8 Music Practical in an instrument/voice.   

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2017 and this page will be updated by end of October 2017 to reflect the changes.

Within this degree scheme, students will have the option to pair development of musical and creative talent with the study of religion.

This is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 120 credits a year, split between the two Schools. In each year of your degree programme, you will take 60 credits of Religious Studies and 60 credits of Music.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2017.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.

Year one

You will take 60 credits in Religious Studies and 60 credits in Music.

You may study religion through texts, poetry, art, film, biographies, fieldwork and drama. You will be introduced to key ideas about ritual, gender and place that provide a dynamic foundation for further study across a range of modules offered in your second and third years. You will also have the option to study one of the original languages of religious texts on offer.

In Music, year one provides the foundations for you to take advantage of the creative and intellectual benefits of higher education. You will receive instruction in analysis, harmony and counterpoint, history of music, composition and practical musicianship.

Note that some Music modules are ‘prerequisites’, providing essential preparation for more advanced modules if you wish to pursue them in later years.

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

Year two

In Year 2, you take 60 credits of Religious Studies and 60 credits of Music modules. 

In Religious Studies you will have the opportunity to develop a more advanced knowledge of a range of religious traditions, building on introductory modules undertaken in year one and develop your awareness of the role of religion in shaping the cultural, intellectual, and ethical concerns of contemporary societies. 

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.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Reading Latin 2HS332220 credits
Reading Greek 2HS332420 credits
Reading Latin 1HS342120 credits
Reading Greek IHS342320 credits
Analysing 20th Century MusicMU215210 credits
Studio Techniques 1: Midi and SynthesisersMU215310 credits
Formal Functions in the Classical TraditionMU215720 credits
Issues in Popular MusicMU216010 credits
OrchestrationMU216120 credits
The Business of Music 1MU216410 credits
Performance Practice and Organology: the Long Eighteenth Century, 1700-1830MU216710 credits
Performance Practice and Organology: the Long Eighteenth Century, 1700-1830MU216820 credits
Issues in Popular MusicMU217020 credits
Harmonic Practice, 1725-1870MU217810 credits
Reading Film SoundMU217910 credits
Reading Film SoundMU218120 credits
Opera from Handel to WeberMU225610 credits
Introduction to Schenkerian AnalysisMU225710 credits
Studio Techniques 1: Midi and SynthesisersMU226110 credits
Ethnomusicology 2: Music in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveMU227120 credits
The Business of Music 2MU227220 credits
Opera from Handel to WeberMU227820 credits
British Music in the 20th CenturyMU227910 credits
British Music in the 20th CenturyMU228120 credits
Composition 2MU232020 credits
Music Sounded Out: Interpreting Oral and Recorded Genres and FormsMU235620 credits
Practical Musicianship 2MU235810 credits
Practical Musicianship 2BMU235910 credits
Practical Contribution Portfolio 2MU236010 credits
Elementary Sanskrit 1RT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit 2RT120220 credits
Elementary Arabic 1RT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic 2RT120420 credits
Intermediate Sanskrit TextsRT122420 credits
Buddhism: the First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
Religion and the News: Conflict and ContextRT130020 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
Socially Engaged Buddhism: Politics, Justice and EthicsRT133520 credits
The Making of 'World Religions' in South Asia: Hindus, Sikhs and MuslimsRT133620 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Intermediate Arabic TextsRT136220 credits
Classical Hebrew 1RT220120 credits
Classical Hebrew 2RT220220 credits
Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern JudaismRT230620 credits
Stories, Suffering and Justice: Old Testament TextsRT230920 credits
New Testament Gospels and ActsRT320720 credits
New Testament Greek Texts 1RT320920 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
History of Christian Spirituality, 1550-Present DayRT432120 credits
Money, Sex and Power in the Early ChurchRT432520 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Theology on the Edge: Christian Thought in a Changing WorldRT531520 credits
Open Choice DissertationRT731620 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits

Year three

You will choose a further 60 credits of Religious Studies and 60 credits of Music modules.

You will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of religious themes and topics with a range of specialised modules. You may also acquire skills in qualitative and quantitative research into religion(s) in contemporary societies, depending on your module choices.

In Music, you choose again from the four subject groups, and can 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).

The option in both subjects to write a dissertation lets you choose a topic that draws on both disciplines, if you wish.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Reading Latin 2HS332220 credits
Reading Greek 2HS332420 credits
Reading Latin 1HS342120 credits
Reading Greek IHS342320 credits
Practical Musicianship 3 (Ensemble)MU313710 credits
The Birth of ModernismMU314910 credits
Studio Techniques 2: Audio and Hard Disk RecordingMU316320 credits
20th Century Contrapuntal PracticeMU316410 credits
The Birth of ModernismMU316520 credits
Nineteenth Century Italian OperaMU316810 credits
Nineteenth Century Italian OperaMU316920 credits
Innovation and Tradition in French Music since 1920MU317210 credits
Innovation and Tradition in French Music since 1920MU317320 credits
Studio Techniques 2: Audio and Hard Disk RecordingMU326720 credits
Wagner and Romantic OperaMU327410 credits
Wagner and Romantic OperaMU327520 credits
The Cultures of BeethovenMU328010 credits
The Cultures of BeethovenMU328120 credits
Jazz, Culture and PoliticsMU328610 credits
Jazz, Culture and PoliticsMU328720 credits
FugueMU333020 credits
DissertationMU334030 credits
Project in Music AnalysisMU334330 credits
Practical Musicianship 4 (Performance)MU334420 credits
Composition 4MU334520 credits
Project in EthnomusicologyMU334630 credits
Practical Contribution Portfolio 3MU334710 credits
Elementary Sanskrit 1RT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit 2RT120220 credits
Elementary Arabic 1RT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic 2RT120420 credits
Intermediate Sanskrit TextsRT122420 credits
Buddhism: the First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
Religion and the News: Conflict and ContextRT130020 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
Socially Engaged Buddhism: Politics, Justice and EthicsRT133520 credits
The Making of 'World Religions' in South Asia: Hindus, Sikhs and MuslimsRT133620 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Intermediate Arabic TextsRT136220 credits
Classical Hebrew 1RT220120 credits
Classical Hebrew 2RT220220 credits
Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern JudaismRT230620 credits
Stories, Suffering and Justice: Old Testament TextsRT230920 credits
New Testament Gospels and ActsRT320720 credits
New Testament Greek Texts 1RT320920 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
History of Christian Spirituality, 1550-Present DayRT432120 credits
Money, Sex and Power in the Early ChurchRT432520 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Theology on the Edge: Christian Thought in a Changing WorldRT531520 credits
Open Choice DissertationRT731620 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 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?

In Music, you will be taught by academic staff with expertise across composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music.

Instrumental tuition is fully funded by the School on your principal study instrument if you are taking a Practical Musicianship module. This includes accompaniment at your final recital. You will receive 24 half-hour lessons over the course of the year.

We use a range of teaching and learning styles, including lectures, small-group seminars and workshops, individual tutorials, ensemble instrumental tuition, rehearsals and independent study.

Religious Studies modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, classes, document workshops and individual tutorials. Students also undertake independent study and research, under the guidance of a supervisor.

How will I be supported?

For both subjects at the start of each year you will be given a guide to module aims, learning outcomes, methods of assessment, module syllabuses, and reading and listening lists. Your allocated personal tutors (one in each School) will be able to provide advice and guidance on module choices and you will have regular meetings with them.

For the final-year projects you will have a supervisor to monitor progress and provide individual consultations by arrangement.

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 lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance

Coursework will usually be marked by your module tutor and you will receive 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.

Progression is built into assessment, in that you will do smaller guided tasks in year one, leading to a growing emphasis on types of lengthier, independent written work in subsequent years, e.g. written portfolios as 100% assessment model. Final Year modules also demand deeper engagement with independent methods of working, together with greater demands on handling critically a larger number of bibliographical tasks and items.

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?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, such as:

  • asking the right questions of complex texts
  • identifying and applying relevant data
  • critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice)
  • oral and written communication skills
  • coping with uncertainty/complexity
  • creativity and innovative thinking
  • computer literacy
  • leadership, teamwork and self-management
  • identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

Other information

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.
 

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 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 History, Archaeology and Religion

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating. Some of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise, while others compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields. 

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes and have our own, in-School Workplace Placements and employability officer.

Religious and Theological Studies students may choose to study the module ‘Religion in the Workplace’ which focusses specifically on developing employability and enterprise skills.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

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.

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding 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 (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£15,950None

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 and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

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

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

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion has a dedicated Work Placements Officer who supports students with work experience opportunities both in and out of term time and careers advice.

The School of Music's second-year modules The Business of Music I/II are designed to help you better understand the music profession. They also offer the opportunity to undertake - either in one block or as a series of regular workplace visits - a short placement in a music- or arts-related area.

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