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Centre for Music and Science

 

Interested students are highly encouraged to make music and science a significant part of their undergraduate degrees at the Faculty of Music. Currently, there are three main music and science options that you can select during your degree:

  • The Part IB (second-year) course Introduction to Music and Science. This course provides a broad introduction to the field of music and science, ranging from the acoustics of pitch perception to the evolutionary basis of musical emotions. The course also provides a grounding in empirical research methods, with a view to supporting students to conduct research projects in the future.
  • The Part II (third-year) course Exploring Music Psychology: From Theory to Practice. This course takes a deeper dive into music psychology, providing a chance to explore particular research topics in greater detail, and to design one's own research projects.
  • The Part II (third-year) dissertation. This is an open coursework option that allows students to design and conduct a full research project in the domain of music and science.

These courses are primarily attended by undergraduate students from the Faculty of Music; however, it is also possible for Part II Natural Sciences students to take the Part II music psychology course as part of their Tripos schedule. Natural Sciences students interested in this option should contact their Director of Studies in the first instance.

It is also possible for other students at the Faculty of Music to audit music and science classes informally and without examination. Students interested in this possibility should contact the CMS director Peter Harrison as soon as convenient.

Please see this link for more general information about applying for undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Music.

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Part II student research projects

2 December 2021

Michaelmas Term has been drawing to an end, and our Part II undergraduate students have been making excellent progress on their coursework research projects. Ellis Thomas has been studying the sense in which room acoustics affects expert performances of keyboard music. Emily Trubshaw has been running a series of large-...

DataCamp supports the CMS with free data science classes

1 December 2021

DataCamp will support our undergraduate Music and Science students with free data science classes over the 2021 Christmas holidays. Students will be taking classes in R and Python, learning fundamental programming and data analysis skills that will serve them very well for future research projects. Click here to learn more...