Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Music (Popular)

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: W341

What you'll study

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

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Music, Criticism and Culture

  • Music in Practice 1

  • Music in Practice 2

  • Popular Music in Context

  • Creative Music Skills 1

Optional modules

  • Creative Music Skills 2

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

Optional modules

  • Audio-Visual Composition

  • The Materials of Composition

  • Electronic Composition

  • Songwriting

  • Performance 1

  • Performance 2

  • Music Technology Applications

  • Interactive Technologies

  • Game Audio

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

  • Orchestration and Arranging

  • New 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

Optional modules

  • Composing for Film

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

  • Advanced Performance 1

  • Advanced Performance 2

  • Session Musician Performance

  • Studio Techniques and Production

  • Live Sound

  • Global Pop

  • Music Industry Studies

  • Music and Critical Thinking

  • Shakespeare Music

  • Special Study

  • Psychology of Music and Emotion

  • Individual Project

“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

Our Music (Popular) programme allows you to explore songwriting, performance, studio production and critical musicology in a friendly, supportive environment. You’ll take a hands-on approach to music-making, learning in workshops, band rehearsals, seminars, and lectures. Hull is home to some of the finest music facilities in the country. You can enjoy 24-hour access to state-of-the-art industry standard recording studios as well as brand new rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, including the newly refurbished concert auditorium the Middleton Hall. These  facilities allow you to develop as a musician, working towards your third year modules where you can concentrate on an album or a live performance as the culmination of your studies.

You'll be guided by staff who are active performers, composers, producers and researchers. Our expertise underpins the wide range of modules available, allowing you to tailor the degree to your interests and career aspirations. In addition you will get to meet and work with a whole range of professional musicians and producers who visit the campus. There are also fantastic opportunities to get involved in a wealth of extracurricular activities. These include staff-led ensembles, such as Escola de Samba, as well as student-led bands, and a range of workshops, collaborative projects and productions.      

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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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.

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Strong links with professional organisations enable our students to engage with the likes of the BBC, Hull Truck and Opera North.

Entry requirements

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

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

Typical careers include working as music teachers, arts administrators, art project managers, performers, conductors, composers, music therapists, music publishers, journalists and lecturers.

Our career-based Students for Hire scheme offers opportunities to perform professionally. And many of our modules have been designed with employment and skills development in mind. We have also developed internships with organisations including Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North.

We help your search for employment with an excellent Careers Service. They offer a range of services to assist you in developing the skills that employers look for – including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests.