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BAMathematics and Music

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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As a Birmingham Music student, you will benefit from a rich tradition of music making and have access to outstanding facilities, including the Bramall Music Building, practice rooms, electro-acoustic music studios, early instruments, computer workstations, and the Barber Institute Concert Hall and Library. Birmingham itself is world renowned for its music, and our links with the city and its rich musical culture include instrumental lessons for all our students at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Your Mathematics studies are designed to help you develop many of the skills you would get studying Single Honours Mathematics. This includes the ability to formulate and tackle problems, to think logically, to use technical language and to express complex ideas clearly and accurately.

Mathematics and Music is a complementary combination of studies that makes you very attractive to employers. Maths and Music graduates from Birmingham benefit from a higher than average rate of employability for the subject, with 95% of Music students and 85% of Maths students going into work or study within six months of graduation.

Programme structure

First year

Music: Your foundation courses will include History and Analysis, Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint, and optional unassessed Instrumental or Vocal Performance (10 hours). 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.

First year modules
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 take core calculus and algebra together with either applied mathematics or discrete mathematics and statistics.

Second year

Music: In this year, 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.

Second year core modules
Second and final year optional modules
Mathematics: You take modules in advanced calculus, pure mathematics, and management mathematics. Your computer skills are developed with an introduction to programming.

Final year

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, unless you take one in 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.

Final year independent studies modules
Final year special subjects modules
Second and final year optional modules
Mathematics: The final year offers you a choice of modules with the opportunity to study subjects such as number theory, numerical methods or the history of mathematics

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States