Mathematics and Music 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Our combined degree programme in Mathematics and Music offers you the opportunity to study in two distinctive disciplines, but also to benefit from the synergies between these two ‘high cognition’ subjects.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

Mathematics enables you to explore the beauty, elegance and practicality of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. You will learn to use maths to develop precise and logical arguments, construct rigorous proofs, and formulate solutions to new problems. You will study in an intellectually stimulating environment amongst mathematicians producing world-leading research. The Mathematics course at Keele scored 96% for student satisfaction in 2016.

Music focuses on the creation, performance, meaning and uses of music from a diversity of styles, periods and traditions. Alongside opportunities to perform and compose your own music, and to do a module-based work placement in the local community, you will investigate topics in music history, aesthetics, and social impact. You can also access modules from the Music Technology programme to create a programme reflecting your passions.

Music at Keele is a hub of world-class musicologists, composers and performers, and the musical life on campus is rich and varied. As a student on this degree programme you develop a wide range of transferable and subject-specific skills that are highly valued by employers. Mathematics helps you to take novel approaches to problem-solving and critical interpretation which opens an extremely wide range of career paths in fields such as finance, data analytics, teaching, engineering, medical statistics and management consultancy.

What will this mean for my future?

Graduates in Music follow careers in media production, finance and banking, broadcasting, marketing and consultancy. You could go on to work as a teacher, performer, composer, music therapist, community musician or sound technician, or in game design, film, radio and television, recording or arts administration. You may also choose to pursue postgraduate study at masters or doctoral level.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Investigations and Problem Solving
  • Twentieth Century Musics
  • World Musics
  • Introduction to Composition

Second year

  • Dynamics
  • Complex Variable and Vector Calculus
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film
  • Indian Music
  • Music in the Community (work placement module)

Third year

  • Metric Spaces and Topology
  • Code and Cryptography
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Relativity
  • Recital, Composition or Dissertation in Music
  • Contextual Studies
  • Music Ethnoography Methods

 

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Mathematics A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. Combined Honours Mathematics students must study 60 Mathematics credits in each academic year. This document has information about Mathematics modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

15

45

45

0

0

3*

0

60

60

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Music You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take both compulsory modules and at least one optional module, thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 1. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines. 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Music Year 1 (Level 4)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take both compulsory modules and at least one optional module, thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 1. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Twentieth-Century Musics

15

Instrumental Lessons

15

Music Theory

15

n.b. a maximum of 3 of the following 4 modules will be delivered

 
   

Ensemble Performance

15

   

Introduction to Composition

15

   

World Musics

15

   

Popular Music

15

 

Module lists

 

Mathematics Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Algebra

30

None

 

Calculus

30

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Mathematics Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Differential Equations

15

Probability

15

   

Analysis I

15

   

Computational Mathematics

15

   

Complex Variable I and Vector Calculus

15

   

Dynamics

15

   

Mathematical Modelling

15

   

Abstract Algebra

15

   

Analysis II

15

   

Introduction to Mathematics Education

15

   

Optional Modules: in each semester students take two 15-credit modules

 

Music Year 2 (Level 5)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take two Optional modules from group A (30 credits), and at least a further one module from anywhere within groups A or B (15 credits), thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 2.  You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. a maximum of 7 of the following 9 modules will be delivered from groups A and B

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Indian Music

15

Intermediate Composition

15

Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film

15

Music in the Community OR Peripatetic Teaching

15

Music in German Culture

15

Chamber Music

15

Theory and Analysis

15

Solo Performance

15

   

Orchestration

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Mathematics Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Nonlinear Differential Equations

15

Linear Algebra

15

Partial Differential Equations

15

Complex Variable II

15

Group Theory

15

Waves

15

Number Theory

15

Medical Statistics

15

Professional Mathematics

15

Mathematical Biology

15

Applied Time Series

15

Ring and Field Theory

15

Linear Statistical Models

15

Codes and Cryptography

15

Metric Spaces and Topology

15

Introduction to Mathematics Teaching     

15

Graph Theory

15

Project

15

Fluid Mechanics

15

Medical Statistics Project

30

Optional Modules: students normally choose two 15-credit modules in each semester. The choice will depend on any timetabling restrictions and will be subject to the student having met the necessary prerequisites. Some modules may not be available every year.

 

Music Year 3 (Level 6)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music with an Independent Study Portfolio (ISP) in at least one of the principal subjects of your combined degree. You MUST take as a minimum either one of the Music ISPs from Optional module group A, along with one 15-credit Optional module from group B, OR three 15-credit Optional modules from group B. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. If you choose to take 60 or 75 credits in Music in year 3 then you may also take two ISPs in Music (60 credits).

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition 2 (ISP)

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1

15

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Music in your final year you will study the following modules:

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music. In year 3 you MUST take a Music ISP (Independent Study Portfolio) from group A (30 credits) AND either two 15-credit Optional modules from group B OR another ISP from group A (30 credits). You must also take a further 30 credits from anywhere within groups A, B or C.

n.b. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music Technology programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music Technology modules available as options in years 1 and 2.

You must complete a total of 120 credits in year 3, with the remaining 60 credits being selected either from additional Music/Music Technology modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of free-standing Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition (ISP)

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1

15

       
   

Optional modules group C

 
   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)

30

   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1

15

   

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

   

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

   

Music Programming

15

   

Music Programming ISP

30

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

** You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

***You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Music.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az