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Music and Psychology

BA/BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA/BSc (Hons) Music and Psychology
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WC38 or S155
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A Level grades BCC with Music grade B and a grade B in Psychology or another subject (if Psychology unavailable).

View "typical offers" for more information.

Do and make in this practical Music course which focuses on performance and composition.

  • Enjoy varied performance opportunities on this "conservatoire in a university" style course.
  • Benefit from a varied and busy programme in classical music, jazz, musical theatre, opera and world music.
  • Pursue your passion, whether in music psychology, world music, opera or another varied specialism.

This is a practical and creative Music course. You’ll benefit from dynamic staff, with national and international reputations, great facilities, and opportunities to participate in a wide range of ensembles. You’ll study music performance as well as composition, with opportunities to give regular performances in Bath and beyond.

You’ll compose work in a wide variety of styles and have the opportunity to work with film, new media and dance. Work is performed either by our ensembles and soloists or by the numerous visiting professional groups.

“Every year the music department stages Opera and Music Theatre productions to a very high standard, which is something that really interests me. There are a large number of ensembles to take part in, and also the support and facilities to start your own if you wanted to.”

Joe Gatley, Music graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

Through the course you’ll study practical areas (such as classical music or jazz performance on an instrument or voice and composition) and academic content (such as musicology relating to music styles and genres from medieval through to pop, jazz and contemporary world music).

You can also study areas such as empirical music psychology, community music, opera and musical theatre, and issues within the music industry.

You’ll play to your strengths, with the opportunity to specialise in areas including music psychology, community music skills, world music and field studies, opera and musical theatre.

We currently have over 30 ensembles open to all students, including numerous choirs, symphony and chamber orchestra, wind band and jazz big band, jazz small groups, our own Javanese Gamelan, brass, wind and string ensembles, folk, and experimental music groups.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll study performance, including weekly one-to-one instrumental/vocal lessons, composition in a wide range of styles and genres, music technology in our industry standard labs, world music lectures and practical workshops, musicology lectures and seminars, research and study skills.

Year two
You’ll develop skills in teaching and in the area of music management and promotion through the Professional Musician module. This offers you the opportunity to undertake a placement in an organisation of your choice.

In addition to the Professional Musician module (which is core) there are a number of optional Music modules. You continue to develop your musical skills, and increasingly you will specialise in areas of particular strength and interest – for example in performance, composition or musicology in classical or jazz styles.

Year three
You’ll have the freedom for creative output in specialisms such as performance or composition together with the choice of a wide range of supporting modules, from the Opera Project to Music Psychology and Music in Action (which is a community music module).

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework, including compositions and essays, spoken presentations, and through practical assessments such as recitals, technicals and rehearsals.

How will I be taught?

The Music course is taught through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons. Teaching sessions are highly interactive, whether face-to-face or online (for example, through wikis or discussion boards).

You’ll be taught by, and work alongside, a creative community of experts. Full-time staff are all practising performers, composers and musicologists. You’ll also be taught by visiting staff, many with international reputations.

Opportunities

Study abroad

There are opportunities through the Erasmus scheme to study abroad for a term or longer in year two – we have links with university music departments and schools in Europe, particularly Germany and the USA.

Performances

We give regular performances throughout the year in Bath as well as beyond. Each year we fully stage opera and musical theatre productions, ranging from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Puccini's Il Trittico, to Philip Glass's Satyagraha and Sondheim's Into the Woods and Company to Seussical.

Field trips

In year two and three, particularly the modules "Music in its Cultural Contexts" and "Music in Action", students have the opportunity to engage with music projects in the community.

Work placements, industry links and internships

During the course you’ll explore the constantly changing needs of the employment market, and you’ll undertake a placement in Year two. Recent placements have included the Bath International Music Festival, Bath Philharmonia, the BBC Proms, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera, BBC Music Magazine, Dorling Kindersley and Real World.

You’ll benefit from masterclass sessions from industry experts. Recent visitors include Peter Donohoe, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Jason Rebello, Joanna MacGregor, Graham Fitkin, Iain Ballamy and Rosa Mannion.

Student prizes

We offer three prizes to students in Year three:

  • Performance Prize
  • Composition Prize for the best Year three composition portfolio
  • Ensemble Prize for outstanding contributions to ensembles in Year three.

Careers

Graduates from BA Music at Bath Spa University have careers in:

  • Performing
  • Teaching
  • Music in the community
  • Composing for concert, screen, stage and education
  • Music and arts management
  • Music promotion and publishing.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Based at the Michael Tippett Centre, we have excellent facilities including:

  • A purpose-built concert hall with superb acoustics
  • 17 practice rooms, three with electronically variable acoustic
  • A wide range of medieval, renaissance and baroque instruments, and a large collection of percussion and orchestral instruments
  • A Javanese Gamelan
  • A high spec music technology laboratory
  • Five recording studios
  • Two band rehearsal rooms
  • Large, well-stocked Music Library and a wide range of online music resources.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for creativity, whether as a performer or composer. You’ll have an energy and passion for music in all its styles and genres and in its uses in industry, education, therapy and everyday life.

Applicants must have, or be working towards, Grade 8 Music Practical in first instrument study and expect to achieve a minimum of Grade 5 Music Theory before joining our undergraduate programme.

Eligible applicants will be auditioned at our Newton Park campus between December and March where you'll be invited by email to:

  • Perform two contrasting items of repertoire at Grade 7/8 level.
  • Sight read a short piece or song at approximately Grade 6 standard.
  • Bring examples of original compositions or theory work.
  • Bring an example of a written essay in music.

More details will be provided on invitation.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC including Music Grade B or related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma in Music or related subject accepted at grade Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points required in addition to evidence of Music ability and/or other graded Music qualifications.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of Music ability and/or other graded Music qualifications.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We interview prospective students at interview days from December onwards. You’ll meet Music staff and see our facilities, as well as having the chance to discuss the course with students and staff.

We do not charge an audition fee.

For international students or students unable to come to Bath, we also accept an online Music portfolio in the form of video/PDF examples of your performance and work.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Roger Heaton
Email: r.heaton@bathspa.ac.uk

Understand the mind and human behaviour from a range of perspectives and methodologies on our Psychology course.

  • Taught by passionate lecturers who are also active researches, dedicated to their students and the subject.
  • Our single honours and major Psychology programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Psychology is highly valued by employers and equips graduates for a range of careers and industries.

Psychology is one of the most popular degrees in higher education. Whether the focus is neural mechanisms or complex human relationships, Psychology is an interconnected "hub Science" that allows students to contribute to the questions and challenges that face society.

Providing you with a variety of skills including communication, computing, numeracy, teamwork, independent learning and critical thinking, a degree in Psychology is highly valued by employers. Our course equips graduates for a range of careers and fields including education, health, civil service, private industry and commerce.

Our range of study options (single honours, major and combined) enable you to better tailor your studies to your future aspirations. You’ll be able to select optional modules and engage in interdisciplinary learning, and our British Psychological Society accredited single honours and major programmes provide Graduate Basis for Registration to gain Chartered Psychologist status for eligible students.

“The best thing about Bath Spa is that everyone really cares about you as an individual. The lecturers and tutors always go the extra mile to make sure that you get the most out of your degree, and the amount of contact time we had with them was brilliant.”

Madeleine Carter, Psychology graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

The programme begins at a modest pace and ends by opening up conceptual and career possibilities that you may not have previously considered.

We begin by introducing you to the five main psychological perspectives: biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and social, alongside research methods. Additionally, the historical and conceptual underpinnings of Psychology will be explored throughout.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll take a module that introduces you to the main psychological approaches – social, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and biological psychology (PS4001-40 Introduction to Psychology). You’ll also take modules in research methods including survey work and experimentation (PS4002-20 Research methods and Statistics), and Individual Differences (PS4003).

Year two
As you progress, the main areas covered in your first year are studied in greater depth in dedicated individual modules. Students on the single honours course have the option to choose a placement module. Those taking major or single honours Psychology will benefit from more advanced courses in research methods.

In Years two and three, you’ll be able to study the scholarly specialities of individual members of staff, such as Health Psychology, Criminological Psychology, and Neuropsychology. This means that for each of the modules, your tutor will have specific expertise and will be engaged in scholarly activity in that area.

Year three
You’ll continue your learning, with the same opportunities to study specialist topics as in year two. For those taking Psychology as a major or single honours course, there will also be a dissertation which involves working one-to-one with a member of staff on an original research project in Psychology.

Note that module choices may differ depending on route-way. Single honours students may opt to take a placement module in year two.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment varies and includes essays, debates, research reports, group presentations and examinations.

How will I be taught?

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and follow-up seminars. In the case of research methods, much of the teaching is conducted via practical classes.

You’ll participate actively in seminars; these are characterised by small-group work. Bookable tutorials enable you to have one-to-one discussions with staff.

Opportunities

Study abroad

The University offers an extra-curricular three-year Global Citizenship Programme which runs alongside the degree for all three years of the undergraduate degree. The programme includes a scholarship to fund international study (for UK and EU students only).

Further study abroad opportunities are available from our International Office and the ERASMUS programme.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We encourage you to undertake placement opportunities, especially in your second year. The opportunity to take a Placements module in second year is available. Students who take advantage of the Global Citizenship programme can use their scholarship to support the option of doing an international placement.

Our students make use of part-funded Santander internship and placement opportunities. Last year over 60 placements/internships across a variety of businesses were generated for students across all courses including Psychology. These provided students with experience in areas such as marketing, multimedia and product design, filming and editing, business management, HR, customer services, research and analysis, project management and events.

Careers

Some of our graduates have completed, or are currently taking postgraduate education at the Master's and PhD levels. Graduates with single or major honours in Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society) can apply directly for postgraduate training, in order to work towards becoming a professional psychologist.

The majority of Psychology graduates, across the country, do not become professional psychologists. Some of our graduates have gone on to train in counselling. Many students choose to undertake PGCEs and a number of these are gaining experience for Educational Psychology courses. Other students go into management, sales and advertising, probation work and human resources. Psychology is an attractive option since students learn both numerative/scientific skills and people skills.

Psychology prizes

At the end of the academic year, we award prizes to recognise achievements in academic success and reward effort and excellence. Prizes specific to Psychology are:

  • The British Psychological Society Graduate Award
  • Oxford University Press Prize for best dissertation.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This Psychology course is taught at our Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a wide range of excellent facilities including:

Resources

Teaching resources include EBSCO (online access to over 400 Psychology-related journals), SPSS (statistical computer software for analysing quantitative data) and NVivo for qualitative data analysis. We also have a biopsychology lab where we make use of "biopac" equipment (computerised biological measures such as EEG) for practicals and project work as well as other shared and dedicated laboratory spaces for research.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Typical offers are assessed individually, but in the range A-level grades BBB - BCC; BTEC DDM – DMM.

In addition to grades it is important to have a positive reference from a senior person in education on your UCAS form. Should your referee suggest that you are likely to gain the above grades and that you have a clear interest in Psychology and are highly motivated, then an offer is likely to be made.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - BCC preferred. If studying Psychology, course requires grade B or higher. If Psychology is not an option, then we require a B in another A level subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum score of 27 points required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or higher or equivalent is recommended in addition to the above qualifications.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Dr Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus
Email: r.mcguire-snieckus@bathspa.ac.uk

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