Why study this course
Your instrument of choice
Realise your full potential through fully-funded instrumental tuition.
Ideally located with links to cultural, political, heritage and media organisations to help you get ahead.
A thriving community
Make connections through the Welsh Students' Union, Welsh-language halls and the new Welsh-language Academy.
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.
We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:
BBB-BBC. Must include grade B in Music and Welsh First or Second Language.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
Our grade range covers our standard offer and contextual offer. We carefully consider the circumstances in which you've been studying (your contextual data) upon application.
- Eligible students will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.
- Where there is no grade range advertised and/or where there are selection processes in place (like an interview) you may receive additional points in the selection process or be guaranteed interview/consideration.
31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Music. You must also have a Welsh Language qualification equivalent to grade B at A-level.
From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Other qualifications from inside the UK
D in a BTEC Certificate in any subject, grade B in A-level Music, and grade B in Welsh (First or Second language).
Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Tuition fees for 2024 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2024/25 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
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.
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.
We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
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 2024 and this page will be updated by end of October 2024 to reflect the changes.
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.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2024/2025 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2024.
You will take 120 credits in all - 60 credits in Welsh and 60 in Music.
The emphasis in year one 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.
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 Iaith [Language Skills]
- Sgiliau Astudio Llenyddiaeth [Studying Literature Skills]
- Y Gymraeg Heddiw [The Welsh Language Today]
The first year in Music prepartes you to take advantage of the creative and intellectual benefits of higher education. It offers 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, subject to availability.
To complement your academic study, you are actively encouraged to join the University Choir or Orchestra and other ensembles.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Sgiliau Astudio Llenyddiaeth||CY1513||20 credits|
|Sgiliau Iaith||CY1515||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg Heddiw||CY1516||20 credits|
|Iaith ac Ystyr||CY1600||20 credits|
|Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd||CY1601||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg yn y Gymru Gyfoes||CY1602||20 credits|
|Composition 1A||MU1113||20 credits|
|Techniques in Jazz and Popular Music||MU1201||20 credits|
|Composition 1B||MU1213||20 credits|
|Elements of Tonal Theory||MU1311||20 credits|
|Writing About Music||MU1312||20 credits|
|Music as Culture||MU1320||20 credits|
|Case Studies in Music History||MU1321||20 credits|
|Practical Portfolio I||MU1322||20 credits|
|Practical Musicianship 1||MU1325||20 credits|
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 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.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Yr Iaith ar Waith||CY2205||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Cymraeg Proffesiynol||CY2215||20 credits|
|Myrddin a Merlin||CY2350||20 credits|
|Rhyddiaith Ddiweddar||CY2410||20 credits|
|Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith||CY2610||20 credits|
|Tu Hwnt i'r Tudalen||CY2702||20 credits|
|Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990||CY2810||20 credits|
|Caffael Iaith||CY2910||20 credits|
|From Palaces to Proms: A History of Performance Practices (1700-1890)||MU2124||20 credits|
|The Business of Music 1||MU2141||20 credits|
|Composition 2A||MU2142||20 credits|
|Formal Functions in the Classical Tradition||MU2157||20 credits|
|Reading Film Sound||MU2181||20 credits|
|Music in France Since 1900||MU2212||20 credits|
|Composition 2B||MU2233||20 credits|
|Studio Techniques 1||MU2235||20 credits|
|Ethnomusicology 2: Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective||MU2271||20 credits|
|The Business of Music 2||MU2272||20 credits|
|Analysing 20th Century Music||MU2291||20 credits|
|Practical Portfolio 2||MU2301||20 credits|
|Practical Musicianship 2||MU2361||20 credits|
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 5,000 words (20 credits) or 9,000 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.
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).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Myrddin a Merlin||CY3350||20 credits|
|Rhyddiaith Ddiweddar||CY3410||20 credits|
|Cynllunio Ieithyddol a Pholisi Iaith||CY3610||20 credits|
|Yr Ystafell Ddosbarth||CY3660||20 credits|
|Tu Hwnt i'r Tudalen||CY3702||20 credits|
|Cyfieithu Proffesiynol||CY3705||20 credits|
|Canu'r Gymru Newydd: Barddoniaeth er 1990||CY3810||20 credits|
|Blas ar Ymchwil||CY3900||20 credits|
|Ymchwilio Estynedig||CY3905||40 credits|
|Caffael Iaith||CY3910||20 credits|
|Challenging Tradition: Counterpoint from Bartok to Bartsch||MU3120||20 credits|
|The Birth of Modernism||MU3165||20 credits|
|Jazz, Culture and Politics||MU3171||20 credits|
|Studio Techniques 2||MU3176||20 credits|
|Nineteenth Century Italian Opera||MU3214||20 credits|
|Beethoven: Style, Form and Culture||MU3217||20 credits|
|Practical Portfolio 3||MU3301||20 credits|
|Practical Musicianship 3||MU3302||20 credits|
|Composition 3||MU3353||40 credits|
|Project in Music Analysis||MU3357||40 credits|
|Project in Ethnomusicology||MU3358||40 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.
Learning and assessment
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.
For Welsh, the teaching is usually delivered through both lectures and seminars which provide you with the opportunity to discuss the subject matter in detail within groups, with all modules 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).
Teaching methods on Music modules include lectures, seminars, practicals, one-to-one tutorials, rehearsals and 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.
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 usually be marked by your module tutor and you will be given 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
Careers and placements
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.
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.
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.
Studying in Welsh
HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.