You will benefit from an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for your undergraduate studies, focused on ensuring you’re a fully supported and active learner. Our degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development; a balance that’s highly sought after by employers in today's intellectual, professional and creative industries.
Your Mathematics programme is carefully designed to give you access to as many topics as possible. Develop skills such as the ability to formulate and tackle problems, to think logically, to use technical language and to express complex ideas clearly and accurately.
Currently ranked 4th for Music in the Sunday Times University Guide our Music undergraduates benefit from some of the best facilities for music study and practice in the country (read more below). Your Music studies will encompass musicology, performance and composition - including lessons on one instrument / voice. Many of our students receive their practical tuition from the Birmingham Conservatoire, with whom we enjoy close links. As you progress through your degree, you will find a greater emphasis is placed on independent work and you are able to choose modules that suit your interests.
Both the Music Society and MathSoc are popular choices for our students.
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 inlcude topics such as Continuum Mechanics, Partial Differential Equations, Liner Algebra and Programming and Game Theory and Computer Simulation.
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: A level Music grade A. A level Mathematics grade A
International baccalaureate update
Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
- Grade 7 ABRSM theory qualification will be accepted as a substitute for Music A level (provided you have studied 3 other A levels);
- Music Technology A Level or any Music BTEC qualifications will not be accepted as a substitute for Music A level (however, they will be accepted as part of your wider offer if you are studying Music A level as well);
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
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