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Music and Philosophy (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #96 (QS) ,
This Music and Philosophy (Hons) degree at University of Nottingham provides the opportunity to study the theory and practice of music, and offers a diverse and flexible approach to studying philosophy. It is equally weighted between the two subjects.


The music element of the Music and Philosophy (Hons) degree at University of Nottingham offers pathways in musicology, performance, composition, ethnomusicology, music technology, popular music studies and jazz, complemented by a wide range of academic modules. The philosophy element provides a grounding in key thinkers and ideas and options in a range of historical and contemporary topics.

In music, you will take core modules in year one, with options in key repertoires, composition and performance. The remaining two years allow you to choose from the full range of music modules.

In philosophy, you will study core and specialist areas across disciplines and traditions. During year one you will take a series of core modules in central philosophical problems such as ethics, feminist and social philosophy, environmental philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophies of art, mind, science,language, religion, and sex and gender. In years two and three youwill be exposed to ideas and figures from the world’s philosophical traditions, such as the Western,Indian, Chinese and Japanese,plus have the opportunity to write a dissertation.


All music graduates leave the University with a broad portfolio of transferable skills, prepared for a variety of careers both within and outside music. The variety of kinds of learning encompassed by a music degree is uniquely suited to developing the key employability skills described in the recent CBI/NUS report 'Working towards your future'. Additionally, the department's 'Music Careers' and 'Work Placement' modules are specifically designed to enable music students to develop their career prospects in ways relevant to their interests and skills.  

Recent graduates have gained employment in the music and creative industries (including jobs at the BBC, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Boosey and Hawkes, HarrisonParrott Artist Management, Oxford University Press Music, Blackheath Halls), in other business and professional sections (including professional positions at KPMG, Deloitte UK, PwC, Deutsche Bank, Charles Russell LLP, Citigroup, Christie's), and in education and other public sectors (including jobs at King’s College London, Arts Council England, Royal College of Music and schools around the country).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or 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
  • Performance 
  • Skills in Composition
  • Repertoires 
  • Global Music Studies
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Aesthetics of Electronic and Computer Music
  • Technology Enhanced Performance
  • Metaphysics, Science, and Language
  • Philosophy of Religions
  • Philosophy and the Contemporary World 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • A level offer: ABB
  • A or B in music; or A or B in 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.
  • IB score 32 (5 in music at Higher Level)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19290 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19290 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    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

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