Music and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Music and Psychology.

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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UCAS code: CW83

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Course Overview

Psychology modules enable you to better understand why humans feel, think and act in the way they do. You will find out what the latest research tells us about human behaviour and learn how to design and conduct your own studies in well-equipped labs using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques.

The emphasis is on understanding how psychology affects everyday life, from developing a sense of self to influencing judgments about matters of global significance. 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. Interdisciplinary expertise, problem-solving and research skills prepare you for a variety of careers including neuropsychology or working as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist.

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Graduates also go on to careers in health, social care, management and marketing. 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

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • World Musics
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Individuals and Society
  • Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural
  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Second year

  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film
  • Indian Music
  • Music in the Community (work placement module)
  • Development and Social Psychology
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Social Psychology in the Modern World

Third year

  • Recital or Composition in Music
  • Contextual Studies
  • Music Ethnography Methods
  • Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

You can also research and produce a project/portfolio or dissertation in Music and/or Psychology

The psychology modules are accredited by the British Psychological Society.

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

Psychology  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. This document has information about Psychology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

15

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

45

0

15

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

 

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

 

Psychology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology

15

Understanding self and others better: an introduction to counselling theories

15

Introduction to Research Design

15

Distress and Mental Health

15

Introduction to Biological & Cognitive Psychology

15

Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena

15

Introduction to Statistics for Psychology

15

Applied Psychology

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

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

 

Psychology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Developmental & Social Psychology

15

None

 

Qualitative and Survey Research Design

15

   

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

15

   

Statistics for Psychology

15

   

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

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).

 

Psychology Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

   

The Psychology of Deviance

15

   

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

   

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

   

Health Psychology

15

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

 

Modules - Year Four

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

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music Technology. In year 3 you MUST take a Music Technology 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 and C.

Your remaining 30 credits will be selected either from additional Music Technology/Music modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

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

Optional Modules group A

(Independent Study Projects)

Credits

Optional modules group C

Credits

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)*

30

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Music Programming ISP**

30

Composition 2 (ISP)***

30

   

Recital (ISP)

30

Optional modules group B

 

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

Contextual Studies 1

15

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

Music Programming**

15

Composition 1***

15

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1*

15

   

 

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

**You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

***You cannot take Composition 1 and Composition 2

 

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 Technology.
  • 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.

 

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

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology

15

The Psychology of Deviance

15

Culture and Psychology

15

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

   

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

   

Health Psychology

15

   

Current Perspectives on Autism

15

   

Everyday Memory & Amnesia

15

 
   

Happiness and Wellbeing

15

 

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

 

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