What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Music in Practice 1

  • Music in Practice 2

  • Approaches to Theatre 1

  • Music and Theatre Technical Skills 1

  • Music and Theatre Technical Skills 2

  • Dramaturgy and Performance

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Creative Enterprises

  • Theatre Practice 1

  • Production Practitioner 2

  • Key Elements of Scenography

  • Medieval Theatre

  • Radio Drama

  • Directing

  • Playwriting

  • Staging Musical Theatre

  • The Materials of Composition

  • Electronic Composition

  • Game Audio

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

  • New Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Film Music

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Working in Partnership

  • Theatre Practice 2

  • Intercultural Shakespeares

  • Performing Democracy

  • Really Serious Theory

  • Audio-Visual Composition

  • Songwriting

  • Music Technology Applications

  • Interactive Technologies

  • Jazz Studies

  • Music in the Long 19th Century

  • Psychology of Music Performance

  • Free Elective

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Making Performance 1

  • Specialist Project

  • Production Practitioner 3

  • Disability Culture and Performance

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Frivolity

  • Russian Theatre from Gogol to 1940

  • Composing for Film

  • Session Musician Performance

  • Studio Techniques and Production

  • Shakespeare Music

  • Global Pop

  • Music and Critical Thinking

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

  • Making Performance 2

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: the Arts as a Living

  • Mad, Bad and Dangerous Theatres

  • Digital Performance

  • Lighting for the Stage

  • Beckett in Performance

  • Acting in the Stanislavskian Tradition

  • Contemporary British Drama

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

  • Live Sound

  • Handel’s Dramatic Works

  • Music Industry Studies

  • 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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More about this course

Unleash your creativity on this distinctive, hands-on programme. You’ll explore music and theatre through workshops, masterclasses, concerts, shows and productions, led by specialist staff and practitioners of international expertise. This degree gives you countless opportunities to improve your practical skills in drama and music to a professional standard in our state-of-the-art facilities including Middleton Hall, where we've invested £9.5 million to create a world-class concert venue, music theatre and cinema, with industry-standard recording facilities. This complements our existing facilities, such as the unique Gulbenkian Centre.

With Hull being the UK City of Culture 2017, there’s never been a better time to study here. You’ll be at the heart of a huge cultural festival which is providing exciting opportunities. On this programme, you quickly learn the skills that will keep you up to date with these fast-paced industries and with the ongoing shifts in music theatre culture and practice. You’ll develop an awareness of how to present yourself in the best light, the ability to move beyond boundaries and to experiment with different ideas, and to work confidently in music and theatre research.

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.

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

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Strong links with local and regional organisations including Hull Truck Theatre, Opera North, New Diorama and Out of Joint.

Discover your strengths and passions in lighting, costume design, set design, stage management, acting and directing.

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.

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.

  • Grade 6, working towards Grade 7 on first study instrument for those applicants intending to study vocal or instrumental performance

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 at HL Music
  • 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 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

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

Hull music graduates take up a wide variety of careers, among them freelance performing, conducting, orchestral playing, orchestral management, working for the BBC, music librarianship, publishing, retailing, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching, music therapy, cathedral music and instrument making. They are also welcomed by employers in such non-musical fields as the Civil Service, accountancy, insurance and computing.

Our graduates' success rate in finding suitable employment is very high, and prospects are higher still for those with the skills to work in the fast-paced theatre industry. Previous students have headlined some of the most prestigious stages in the world, such as the Royal Opera House, those of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris. Others have established independent theatre companies, often using final-year production modules as a launch pad to success.

Your search for employment is greatly enhanced by our excellent Careers Service – one of the few that places no time limit on its services. It provides skills workshops, practice interviews, practice ability tests and extensive, up-to-date information, both during your degree and upon graduation.