As a joint honours student of Music and Mathematics, you will find there are often complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. You will spend a similar amount of time on each subject, developing your musical understanding and skills while studying the fascinating and challenging subject of Mathematics. This four-year course allows you to spend the third year broadening your horizons by studying abroad. This course will provide you with a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of mathematics, alongside experience of a range of musical disciplines, including performance, composition, historical and critical musicology, ethnomusicology and acoustics. You will develop an ease with abstract mathematical concepts, logical argument and deductive reasoning, as well as a portfolio of skills associated with literate musicianship. Later in the course you can study appropriate advanced mathematical topics and at least one area of musical specialisation. Graduates from this course have moved into music-specific areas such as performance and composition, postgraduate study in mathematics and music and various roles needing a numerate or analytical approach. Cardiff is a great place for the study of music in the UK, as home to Welsh National Opera and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. School of Music students can attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts. You are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one or more instruments or voice at the time of your application. You may be considered if you are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the degree include: •instrumental tuition which is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument •Business of Music modules which offer a short work placement •composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, the John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics and the careers talks which provide many opportunities for contact with active music professionals •Mathematics classes are used to discuss both theoretical concepts and essential techniques •year three is spent studying at a partner institution abroad.