Philosophy & Religion and Music BA (Joint Hons)

UCAS CodeVVW3
QualificationBA (Joint Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer96–112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

You can study Philosophy and Religion as a joint honours degree with Music (50% Philosophy and Religion, 50% Music).

The School of Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University offers the opportunity to study some of the most important and challenging philosophical ideas that have shaped Western culture, and to consider how they interrelate with Western religious thought. The School has developed out of a longstanding tradition in these subject areas within the University since the 19th century, and you will find here a friendly and informal atmosphere that will help you to cultivate the skills of debate and independent thinking.

The Music aspect of this course includes performing, composing and studying music of all eras in a lively atmosphere of creative activity and scholarly endeavour.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

School of Philosophy and Religion:

  • Situated at the centre of an imposing University campus, the School of Philosophy and Religion has developed out of a long and distinguished tradition of teaching philosophy and religion for over a century.
  • You will benefit from our staff’s expertise and commitment to teaching, student care and welfare.
  • Our staff are research active and incorporate current research into their teaching.
  • We offer the opportunity for students to study Philosophy and Religion as a Single Honours degree, or in combination with a range of complementary subjects as part of a Joint Honours degree.

School of Music:

  • The independently-appointed panel of our most recent Internal Quality Audit (2012) particularly praised the School’s “challenging curriculum ... which is remarkable for the wide-ranging nature of its provision, and for the degrees of choice offered to students”.
  • We offer a large number of options, allowing you to shape your course to reflect your interests and strengths. Our enthusiastic staff comprises active composers, musicologists and performers, whose expertise covers all angles of musical study.
  • Much of the teaching is in small groups, providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment. The options include ensemble coaching and tuition in conducting.
  • Our concert series is one of the most extensive and varied of any British university. It includes concerts of chamber music (including residences by Ensemble Cymru and the Benyounes Quartet, who also give masterclasses), recitals by leading singers and instrumentalists, concerts of acousmatic music by Electroacoustic Wales, and regular visits by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In addition, there is an annual New Music Festival. Tickets are available to students at greatly reduced prices.
  • We have a large choir and orchestra, a chamber choir, early music groups and various other ensembles. Performers have the opportunity to play concertos withthe University orchestra. Pieces composed by our students are performed frequently by visiting professionals. The University Music Society also runs an orchestra and choir; other Students’ Union societies include a brass band, a jazz band, and a musicals society.
  • We have 2 fine concert halls, and our very own building with teaching rooms, rehearsal space, and a number of individual practice rooms. The School has a full complement of pianos, harpsichords, organs, harps and percussion. Our 4 studios are equipped to international standards for recording, research and composition. Our Music Library has over 3,000 CDs and 20,000 scores.
  • Music Performance scholarships are offered to the most promising instrumentalist.
  • We have an extensive range of electronic resources, including the Naxos Music Library and Grove Music Online. There are also fullyequipped open-access computers, with Sibelius and other music software installed.
  • We have a strong engagement with and commitment to the study in Welsh culture. The School is home to the Archive of Traditional Welsh Music (which also contains over 300 world instruments), the Welsh Popular Music Archive (which includes a significant library of records), and the Crossley-Holland Collection (which includes over 900 world instruments).

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

Teaching is mainly by lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. Many modules also make use of Blackboard, the University’s online learning environment. During each semester you will study modules equivalent to 60 credits, making a total of 120 credits per year. We use a wide range of methods for assessment, including essays, book reviews, case studies, reports, presentations, and written examinations. In the second year you have the option of taking an ‘independent study’ module, wherein you can choose a topic in which you have a special interest and undertake independent study under the guidance of a supervisor, leading to a 5,000-word essay. In the final year, you will be encouraged to develop this topic further, or choose a different one of your choice, to undertake independent research under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor, leading to a 10,000-word dissertation.

The course is interesting and allows us to be creative. The lecturers are friendly and nice to students. Also we have sufficient time to have one-to-one meeting with lecturers.

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Music

What will you study on this course?

In your first year of this joint honours degree in Philosophy and Religion and Music you will take modules equivalent to 60 credits in the School of Philosophy and Religion. The other 60 credits will be taken in the School of Music.

In your second year, you will take modules equivalent to 60 credits in the School of Philosophy and Religion and 60 credits in the School of Music.

In your third year you will take modules equivalent to 60 credits in the School of Philosophy and Religion and 60 credits in the School of Music. You may be eligible to choose the Dissertation module (40 credits), which involves independent study with supervised support, leading to the submission of a 10,000-word dissertation.

Please see below for a list of modules current students are studying.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Philosophy & Religion and Music Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Studying Philosophy and Religion will open up opportunities in a broad range of areas, including teaching, communication, publishing, social work, librarianship, the media etc. Many students will go on to pursue postgraduate degrees leading to an MA, MRes or PhD.

While many graduates pursue careers in the area of music, a degree in Music is also good preparation for a wide range of employment in administration, commerce, management, and other professions. Our graduates have become professional performers, composers, university lecturers, researchers, teachers, arts administrators, music therapists, music publishers, librarians, concert managers, stage managers, recording and broadcasting producers, and sound engineers. Many former students have followed these degrees with further musical training, as performers, scholars or composers, and there are opportunities for all these at Bangor.

Employability and the School of Music

A degree from the School of Music offers excellent employment prospects, in a wide range of career options. Many of our graduates choose to become teachers, at all educational levels (up to and including university); others take up administrative posts with orchestras, opera houses, or arts centres. Music graduates are always needed in the media and in recording companies, as technicians, producers, programme-planners, and writers. Other possible career paths include specialist music journalism, music publishing, music librarianship, and arts marketing. Several of our graduates have gone on to become distinguished academics, composers, and performers.

Transferable skills

Our degrees allow students to develop a range of transferable skills (communication, creativity, initiative, collaboration, etc.) which are excellent preparation for entry into the civil service, industry, or into one of the professions.

Postgraduate studies

Each year several of our students decide to undertake postgraduate study, lasting from one to four years. Postgraduate study is an opportunity to further deepen your knowledge and expertise, and leads to a truly individual contribution as an academic, composer, or performer. Academic postgraduates often go on to teach in universities, while composers and performers make their way into the national and international arenas.

 

School of Music Careers Day

The Career in Music Day is an opportunity for current students to listen to advice from industry experts and meet with graduates who have gone on to careers in music. .

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements below are the School of Philosophy and Religion requirements. Please also check with the School of Music for any additional requirements.

For 2018 entry:

  • Typical offers are 112-96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification*. All subjects are accepted including General Studies with either Philosophy or Religion preferred but not essential. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in all component parts). 

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • Typical offers are 112-96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification*. All subjects are accepted including General Studies with either Philosophy or Religion preferred but not essential. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in all component parts). 

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions
School of Philosophy and Religion
Tel: 01248 382118 
E-mail: spar@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/spar

Why study at the School of Music?

  • School Excellence Scholarships - Rewarding Academic Achievement: students who start a BA course in the Schools of Modern Languages & CulturesMusicPhilosophy & Religion or Welsh  in September 2017 and 2018 will be eligible for an MA Scholarship. These scholarships will be available to UK, EU and International students who have completed a  BA degree in one of these Schools in Bangor University; achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme based in one of the Schools above. BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee waiver for the MA. BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a fee reduction, and pay £1,000 fees for the MA. For more information about these scholarships please contact: cah@bangor.ac.uk.
  • The quality of the teaching at the School of Music has consistently be rated as excellent. We scored 100% overall satisfaction in both the 2016 and the 2017 National Student Survey, placing us top in Wales and 1st in the UK among traditional music departments.
  • We offer one of the largest number of options of any UK music department, covering every aspect of the subject. You can shape your degree course to reflect your interests and strengths.
  • Much of the teaching is in small groups, providing a stimulating and supportive environment. The options include ensemble coaching and tuition in conducting, and a number of vocational modules such as Arts Administration.
  • We offer fantastic music facilities. The school itself is located in a recently renovated Victorian villa with a range of teaching rooms, practice rooms and social spaces for our students. We also have two fine concert halls (in which weekly rehearsals are held in addition to concerts), and four electronic music studios equipped to the highest specifications
  • We have six grand pianos, three harpsichords, two organs, and a full suite of orchestral percussion.
  • Our music library contains 30,000 scores, 3,000 CDs, and an excellent collection of books on music, and is open 24 hours a day during term time.
  • The School of Music is at the heart of the university campus, with easy access to libraries, cafés and restaurants. The University’s Arts and Innovation centre – Pontio - is less than 5 minutes’ walk away.
  • We take advantage of our local area for the study of music in Welsh culture, and draw on the resources of our Archive of Traditional Welsh Music and our Welsh Pop Archive.
  • We have a unique collection of over 300 world instruments.
  • All of our staff have international research profiles and are experts in their fields. In the government’s Research Excellence Framework (2014) exercise, 81% of our research was graded as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Staff teach from their research specialisms, and so the course content is always at the cutting edge.
  • We have excellent links with local and national employers, including Venue Cymru, Sain Records, the BBC, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Our concert series is one of the most varied of any British university. It includes recitals by visiting artists, our resident ensembles, and concerts of electroacoustic music given by Electroacoustic Wales, alongside performances by students themselves.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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