Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Music BA

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: W300

What you'll study

Our first year gives you an opportunity to work alongside jazz, pop and technology students, as well as studying a broad overview of Western art music from historical and analytical perspectives. Performance modules are available at all stages of the programme, and all performance options include one-to-one instrumental tuition with our approved tutors.

In the first year, you will acquire core skills in creative aspects of music-making (performance, composition, technology) as well as studying music theory and history. During the later stages of the programme, you’ll have the opportunity to develop specialist skills in different areas of music.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Music, Criticism and Culture

  • Music in Practice 1

  • Creative Music Skills 1

  • Music in Practice 2

  • Music, History and Society

Optional modules

  • Creative Music Skills 2

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

The second year is made up entirely of optional modules so you can specialise in performance, composition, technology and/or musicology.

Optional modules

  • Performance 1

  • Performance 2

  • The Materials of Composition

  • Orchestration and Arranging

  • Music in the Long 19th Century

  • New Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Jazz Studies

  • Songwriting

  • Psychology of Music Performance

  • Film Music

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

  • Electronic Composition

  • Audio-Visual Composition

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Creative Enterprises

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Working in Partnership

  • Music Technology Applications

  • Interactive Technologies

  • Game Audio

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

  • Free Elective

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

The third year is made up entirely of optional modules so you can specialise in performance, composition, technology and/or musicology.

Optional modules

  • Special Study (Dissertation or Folio)

  • Advanced Performance 1

  • Advanced Performance 2

  • Shakespeare Music

  • Baroque Opera

  • Music and Critical Thinking

  • Individual Project (supervised)

  • Global Pop

  • Psychology of Music and Emotion

  • Music Industry Studies

  • Session Musician Performance

  • Composing for Film

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: the Arts as a Living

  • Studio Techniques and Production

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • Live Sound

  • Handel’s Dramatic Works

  • 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 our BA Music degree. It's an all-round programme which blends practical, technical and intellectual approaches to music. As well as studying the broad subject of music, you'll develop specialisms in a range of musical traditions. Hull is home to some of the finest music facilities in the country. You can enjoy 24-hour access to the latest industry-standard recording studios as well as brand new rehearsal rooms and performance spaces. Our newly-refurbished concert auditorium, the Middleton Hall, is a world-class venue for classical concerts, rock gigs, music theatre and cinema, with its own recording facilities. 

You’ll be taught by expert staff, and have the opportunity to get involved in a wealth of extracurricular activities. These include staff-led ensembles, such as the University Camerata, Chapel Choir and Ensemble Fractus, as well as student-led ensembles plus a range of workshops, collaborative projects and productions. We've also developed internships with professional organisations like Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North. For students who don't have the qualifications for direct entry to the first year, we offer Music with a Foundation Year. This programme has been designed to give you the academic abilities you need to study at degree level.

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

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.