Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Music with a Modern Language

Undergraduate                  BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

Core modules include two modules in music, and two modules in your chosen language. In the first year, you’ll follow either the beginners and improvers, or the advanced pathway depending on your fluency in your chosen language.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 1 – Beginners and Improvers

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 1 – Advanced

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 2 – Beginners and Improvers

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 2 – Advanced

  • Music, Criticism and Culture

  • Music in Practice 2

Optional modules

  • Music in Practice 1

  • Creative Music Skills 1

  • Music, History and Society

  • Creative Music Skills 2

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 3

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 4

We have a wide range of optional modules allowing you to specialise in performance, composition, technology and/or musicology.

  • The Materials of Composition

  • Electronic Composition

  • Audio-Visual Composition

  • Songwriting

  • Performance 1

  • Performance 2

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Creative Enterprises

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: the Arts as a Living

  • Music Technology Applications

  • Interactive Technologies

  • Game Audio

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

  • Orchestration and Arranging

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

  • Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Film Music

  • Jazz Studies

  • Music in the Long 19th Century

  • Psychology of Music Performance

  • Free Elective

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 5

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 6

Optional modules

  • Composing for Film

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

  • Advanced Performance 1

  • Advanced Performance 2

  • Session Musician Performance

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: the Arts as a Living

  • Studio Techniques and Production

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • Live Sound

  • Global Pop

  • Music Industry Studies

  • Music and Critical Thinking

  • Shakespeare Music

  • Handel’s Dramatic Works

  • Psychology of Music and Emotion

  • Individual Project

  • Free Elective

“Music at Hull stood out from other universities, I liked that you can pick modules from the first year.”

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“Out of all of the universities I looked at, none of them had anything that compared to the facilities that Hull offered.”

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“I found that Hull really offered a wide variety of different languages, so I thought it’d be perfect for what I wanted to do.”

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More about this course

This all-round programme blends practical, technical and intellectual approaches to music with the opportunity to learn a new language. You’ll graduate with high-level language and intercultural abilities that will open up a variety of careers. You can choose to study any language from Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Hull offers excellent language learning facilities, with a dedicated space for languages students. Our dedicated team of advisors offer one-to-one support and a partnership scheme that gives you the chance to practise your chose language with native speakers.

You’ll be taught by expert staff, and have the opportunity to get involved in a wealth of extracurricular activities. These include ensembles, workshops, collaborative projects and productions. Our partnerships with professional organisations like Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North are providing excellent opportunities for students to gain work experience through internships. Hull is also home to some of the finest music facilities in the country, including the Middleton Hall - a world-class concert venue, music theatre and cinema, with industry-standard recording facilities. This means you'll have 24/7 access to industry-standard facilities.

Teaching and Learning

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Our music studios and recording equipment rival the best in the industry, including one of the finest ambisonic studios in the UK. Video:

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Become the musician you want to be, whether it's pop, jazz, classical, musical theatre or film music, by tailoring your course to match your interests.

Thanks to a £9.5 million investment, our Middleton Hall is now a world-class cultural venue boasting a superb 400-seater concert hall.

Find out more about our facilities

One-to-one support from our team of language learning advisors in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre which is open 24/7.

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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A level in Music or Music Technology at Grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 3 music qualification
  • Applicants’ instrumental or vocal performance skills should be at a minimum of Grade 6 level. Musicians who can demonstrate performance at this level but who have not taken practical examinations are also encouraged to apply.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should also have a GCSE in a foreign language at Grade C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 at HL Music and 5 at HL in a foreign language (if your first language is English)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

The University of Hull offers music scholarships on the following instruments:

  • Harp Scholarship (1 award of £1,000 per year)
  • Organ Scholarship (1 award available from September 2019 of £2,000 per year)
  • Robert Marchant String Scholarship (4 awards, restricted to violin, viola, cello and double bass players only - £250 per year)
  • Ouseley Choral Scholarship (1 award, restricted to male vocalists - £150 per year)

To find out more, see our terms and conditions, and download an application form

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Our music graduates perform well in the jobs market, taking up a wide variety of careers from conducting, orchestral playing, orchestral management, working for the BBC, music librarianship, publishing, retail, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching, music therapy, cathedral music and instrument-making.

Music graduates are also welcomed by employers in non-musical fields, such as the Civil Service, accountancy, insurance and computing.

We help your search for employment with an excellent Careers Service. This offers a range of services to assist you to develop the skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests, and have extensive information, both web-based and in printed format, which is kept up-to-date with the latest job and work experience vacancies, and changes to recruitment processes.

We maintain very close links with graduate employers, both on a local, regional, national and international level, so we can offer you the best advice available and work closely with academic colleagues and student committees to provide specific opportunities, information and events for your course. Many of our academic programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake an internship or work placement.