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Music and Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #99 (QS) Nottingham, United Kingdom
At this Music and Philosophy degree at University of Nottingham you'll study each subject separately but equally. The first year gives you a good grounding in both subjects. In your second and third years, you have free choice in both. This allows you to follow your passions and construct your own degree.
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If you're a keen musician who wants to explore the exciting world philosophy offers then this is the course for you.

Contemporary composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich both have philosophy degrees. And renowned philosopher Schopenhauer considered music the highest art, playing the flute his whole life.

Our music department has particular specialities in musicology, performance, composition and technology. The first-class facilities support your choices. There are purpose-built spaces to compose, rehearse, perform, record and experiment.

You are spoilt for choice if you want to carry on playing an instrument. There are opportunities across all genres - both on-campus and as part of Nottingham's dynamic music scene.


This Music and Philosophy degree at University of Nottingham can help you get started in a chosen career. It can also open the door to a wide range of professions!

You'll develop key skills in:

  • analytical reasoning
  • articulating complex arguments and lines of reasoning
  • constructive criticism and reflection
  • presenting and persuading
  • creativity and innovation
  • independence and collaboration
  • planning and organising

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elements of Music 
  • Reasoning, Argument, and Logic
  • Mind, Knowledge, and Ethics
  • Aesthetics of Electronic and Computer Music
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Global Music Studies
  • Performance 
  • Repertoire Studies 1: Music Before the 20th Century

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • IB score 32 (5 in music at Higher Level)
  • IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
  • High school qualifications Check our country-specific information for guidance on qualifications from your country
  • A level offer ABB. A or B in music or music technology. Alternatives to A level music accepted.
Required subjects
  • Music requirements
  • A or B in music or music technology.
  • Grade 8 Performance and Grade 5 Theory ABRSM, LCM, Trinity or Rockschool may be accepted in place of A level music.
  • We also accept many alternative qualifications including DDD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music.
  • We are always happy to discuss different qualifications as suitable entrance requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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