Connor J Phelan - BA Creative Music Technology

Study Drama and Music at Hull

At Hull, you learn hands-on by making. Work on practical and theoretical projects with industry professionals, and enjoy unique access to outstanding resources and expertise in a creative community. Come and do what you love and become an arts professional.

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Join a university where you’re a name, not a number

Here, it’s personal. When you come to Hull, you’re a valued member of a creative community of performers, makers, musicians, songwriters, producers, composers, storytellers, and music psychologists.

You’re part of a long tradition. As the UK’s third university to offer a Drama degree, we’ve shaped the academic study of theatre and performance. Our courses are hands-on and our graduates are everywhere.

You’re taught by practitioners. From DJs to band members, stage performers to session musicians, our Music staff are active in making music themselves. And they bring their experience into everything you learn.

On top of that, you get your own Personal Supervisor. They’re on hand to give you all the help, guidance and encouragement you need, from your first year to your last.

Top 10 in the UK¹

Music at Hull is ranked 6th in the UK for Teaching Satisfaction,1 with our staff delivering a unique perspective on current trends in musical thinking.

State of the Arts

There’s a real buzz of activity in the Gulbenkian Centre, a Grade II listed building featuring a theatre & radio studios - and in our flagship cultural venue, Middleton Hall.

6th in the UK²

The real star of Drama at Hull is our passionate, innovative, supportive staff. It’s no wonder we’re ranked 3rd in the UK for Teaching Satisfaction.2

100% employability

100% of our Drama and Music students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating,3 giving you excellent career prospects.

Industry links

You’ll benefit from direct contact with arts organisations such as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Hull Truck Theatre and Prague Quadrennial, alongside a partnership with Opera North.

60+ years

We’re the 3rd oldest Drama department in the UK. So you’ll be studying at one of the most prestigious universities in the country for this subject.


Our BA Music Production pathway is accredited by the Joint Audio Media Education Services (JAMES), which offers careers advice and specialist support.

Real projects, real performances and real audiences

Performers in the 21st century must be creative, knowledgeable, adaptable and entrepreneurial. When you join Hull, you not only learn about music or the theatre, you learn on the job – by making music or theatre.

From day one, you perform and produce on major projects, both individually and collaboratively. You'll benefit from our partnership with Opera North, and you'll get the chance to work with industry organisations such as the BBC, Middle Child, The Roaring Girls, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), and the Prague Quadrennial.

Carys Tavener

Carys Tavener

Carys graduated from Hull with a Drama degree, and later became a junior production manager at Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
music student Natalie Gall with team gb stand

Natalie Gall

Music Tech student, Natalie Gall, went to Tokyo with the University and Team GB to record audio for a VR project.
Rei Gyaamie, a local band made up of University of Hull students, perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Humber Street Sesh 2019

BBC Music Introducing

BBC Music Introducing has broadcast live from our campus. Perhaps you can get involved the next time with performing or helping backstage.
drama students performing the Art of Idiocy

Tread the boards

Work with acclaimed theatre companies including Middle Child and Hull Truck, which will be practically on your doorstep.
music alumni Ross Flight

Ross Flight

Sound artist Ross Flight works across the world, but came back to Hull in 2017 to work on the production 'One Day Maybe'.
Pippa Brazier

Pippa Brazier

“When I came for my Applicant Day, the city and the University was just great. I fell in love with it.”

Where could a degree in Drama or Music take you?

A Drama degree can open doors to a range of careers. Our graduates have gone on to work for world-renowned theatres and theatre companies. Many of them also find success in creative industries such as journalism and education.

In Music, we run a variety of schemes to give you a headstart with your career. Our graduates go on to become performers, conductors, producers, orchestral managers, teachers, music therapists, and audio engineers.

music student James Curgenven playing the saxophone
drama student Tayo Adeleye
music student Mianhua Daisy Liu playing the piano
drama students performing 'Photocall Everyman'

First stop: University of Hull

Next stop:



Stage management

Orchestral player

Theatre manager

Audio engineer

Script writer

Music therapist

Postgraduate student

Live sound engineer

Take a look at the facilities you’ll be using

Follow in the footsteps of award-winning graduates

BAFTA. Tony. Olivier. Grammy. Name an industry award and Hull’s probably got an alumni with their name on one.

Playwright James Graham (pictured) wrote This House (National Theatre), and Sherwood (BBC One). Musical director Martin Lowe worked on Mamma Mia and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And theatre director Marianne Elliott works on the West End and Broadway.

Some of our students have set up record labels before they even graduated, and others carve out their own careers in the music industry.

drama alumni James Graham

Think this isn’t for you? Think again…

We believe in arts for all. Whether you’re a virtuoso-in-the-making, or you want to delve deeper into a subject that’s always fascinated you.

Because these aren’t just dream degrees for dream careers. They’re very real and reachable options. And they come with very real opportunities and career prospects.

So what are you waiting for? With your hard work and determination, our support and inspiration, you’re unstoppable.

A city full of culture, colour and creativity

Hull’s creative scene is thriving. Every August, 30,000+ people come to watch 200 bands play at Humber Street Sesh. Pride in Hull, our annual LGBTQ+ parade and day-long music festival, is free to all. Then we have Freedom Festival: a whole weekend dedicated to art, dance, music and theatre.

And, of course, there’s Hull Jazz Festival, Cottingham Folk Festival, Trinity Live, Hull Comedy Festival, and Humber Mouth Literature Festival.

Your next steps

We’re here to help at every stage of your journey to university, whether you’re looking for a course, or you’re ready to apply. If you have any questions, just get in touch. You can also receive important updates from us using the form.


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1. (Music, 6th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

2. (Drama) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

3. (Drama / Music) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.