The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Music: Your foundation courses will develop your knowledge and skills in Music History and Analysis, Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint. You have the choice to take an optional unassessed Instrumental or Vocal Performance module and if you are interested in composition, you may be able to sit-in the Paper and/or Studio Composition modules, depending on place availability. You will also have an opportunity to participate in ensemble performances.
Mathematics: The first two years are carefully designed to allow you as much choice as possible in your final year. In the first year, you will cover Calculus; Vectors, Geometry and Algebra; and Mechanics.
Music: You will choose one of the core modules (either Critical Musicology or Analysis). In addition, you have a wide choice of optional modules, ranging from aspects of western art music, through to modules such as Sound Recording, Baroque Performance Practice, Art Music in the Movies, and Conducting. You may also continue to study Individual Performance (including fully funded instrumental lessons), and/or Composition, if prerequisites are fulfilled.
Mathematics: In your second year you will take modules in Multivariable & Vector Analysis; Linear Algebra; Probability and Statistics; and Algebra & Combinatorics.
Year Abroad Option
You may choose an option of spending a year abroad. There is a wide variety of universities across the world to choose from. The decision on whether or not to take the year abroad pathway is made in your second year. The year abroad allows you to pursue musical and / or mathematical interests in universities that specialise in areas that are not normally offered in British universities at an undergraduate level.
Music: While taking more of the optional modules, you can specialise in solo performance by giving a recital, in composition by preparing a portfolio, or in musicology by writing a dissertation, or in any two of these.
As a final-year student you are required to take an independent study module in Music or Mathematics. You can choose one of the three main disciplines: musicology, composition, or performance. You can also put a particular stress on one of these three subjects, choosing it as a Special Subject module.
Mathematics: As you will have gained a thorough grounding in many aspects of Mathematics during Years 1 and 2, you will be able to choose from an incredibly wide range of final year modules. Modules may include topics such as Continuum Mechanics, Partial Differential Equations, Liner Algebra and Programming and Game Theory and Computer Simulation.