Music BMus Pippa Brazier UNI-2165

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Modern Languages and Music

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: R9W3

What you'll study

Music is a universal language. Adding advanced Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish will help you speak, sing and play to the world.

You’ll gain real-world experience on this course by spending your third year studying abroad.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Skills for Communicating Cultures

    Develop awareness of the cultural influences affecting your use of language to become a better communicator in an increasingly globalised world. You'll explore the subject through your own language knowledge and through engagement in other languages being studied and taught across the school.

  • Creative Music Skills 1

    You'll develop a comprehensive range of general music-based skills relating to performance, technology, songwriting, electronic composition and digital audio. These are all explored in practical, creative ways through interactive seminars and workshops that provide the foundation for further studies.

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

    In each year, you’ll undertake two core language modules in each of your chosen languages, at either beginners and improvers or advanced level. Beginners and improvers level is for those without an A Level in languages and you'll start from scratch in a new language - where the emphasis is on key structures and intensive practice. If you have an A Level, you'll study at advanced level and begin to move confidently as you attain real-world language skills and explore various ways to apply these. 

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

    At beginners and improvers level; still working with native speakers, experienced teachers and language experts, you’ll already be able to look back and see a steady climb as you gain in confidence and proficiency, with more of our dedicated interaction and feedback. At advanced level you'll build on the ground acquired in trimester 1 to apply your practical language skills in a range of contexts. 

  • Creative Music Skills 2

    You’ll continue to develop a comprehensive range of skills in performance, instrumental composition, music production, electronic composition and digital audio. This module is highly interactive and is taught via lectures, seminars and workshops that pave the way for your further studies.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Ideas and Identity: The Construction of National Identity

    Discover new and innovative ways of thinking about the national and cultural identities that are central to the language(s) you will be studying during your degree. You will learn about important cultural narratives and identity politics, by focusing on topics and texts in your chosen language(s) of study: French, Spanish, English, Italian, German and Chinese.

  • Introduction to Translation Studies

    This module introduces you to the main translation theories and strategies and aims to develop your critical and analytical skills.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

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

    With more intensive practice, group work, grammar revision, and the development of core skills such as translation, you’ll work with your teachers to ensure you’re reaching a professionally recognised standard, no matter at what level you began your studies.

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

    Here the practice continues in each language area with intensified emphasis on idiomatic, colloquial and formal registers in different social and cultural contexts. There is also a distinct emphasis on preparation for your time abroad in the countries of your target language(s).

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • The Materials of Composition

    Develop your own compositional approach. This module introduces you to key techniques for manipulating pitch, rhythm and timbre via the study of melody, harmonies, consonance, dissonance, clusters, pulses, meters, rhythms, form, structure, and instrumental effects.

  • Electronic Composition

    This module focuses on the creation of live popular and experimental electronic and electroacoustic music and builds upon skills gained in the Creative Music Skills I/II, Electronic Composition strand. You'll be introduced to the advanced techniques involved in producing pieces in a stereo context.

  • Performance 1

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Game Audio

    Explore aspects of sound design for games and discover some of the creative, technical and aesthetic challenges faced by sound designers working in this field. Develop insights into commercial industry practice and acquire vocational skills as you work with interactive audio and game middleware.

  • Orchestration and Arranging

    You will explore techniques for arranging for orchestra and for jazz ensemble. You'll study topics such a score formatting, reharmonisation, texture, rhythm section writing, voicing, doubling, and explore these ideas in practical workshops.

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

    In the first half of this module, you will explore current trends in popular musicology, including semiotics, gender, race, protest, poetics, the canon and theories of influence. In the second, you'll study some techniques of contemporary rock journalism.

  • Film Music

    You will learn to think about, analyse and discuss how music shapes films and television shows. You do not need to have any knowledge of music to study this module as it focuses on the interpretation and effects of music in cinematic and televisual contexts.

  • Presenting and Representing the Past

    Can you trust History and historical facts? Is one person’s truth another person’s lie? In this module, you will compare the way the past has been presented and used by rulers, novelists, film-makers, and artists in a variety of cultures and languages.You'll explore further, the notions of memory, authenticity and changes within History and cultures.

  • Introduction to Language Teaching

    Develop basic language teaching skills, with a particular focus on English as a Foreign Language. As such, it is especially relevant if you are considering spending your Year Abroad as a teaching assistant.

  • Audio-Visual Composition

    Create original audio-visual films - exploring the manipulation and generation of visual media, including animation, and effects processing. Develop your compositional skills and experiment with direct audio-visual mapping as you acquire industry relevant skills and the potential to work on interesting mixed-media projects and showreels in your final year.

  • Songwriting

    This practical module will hone your skills as a songwriter. You'll be expected to write one song per week to a given brief, and then produce an EP of original material. Peer critique is encouraged, and no genre is excluded.

  • Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Studio Techniques

    This practical module introduces you to the facilities within our Salmon Grove Studios. Through a series of workshops and demonstrations, you'll learn how to use industry-standard hardware and software in order to create high-quality multi-track recordings.

  • Jazz Studies

    In this module, you will study the history of jazz, from its beginnings to the present day, alongside exploring how the music works. You'll also explore a range of different approaches to studying jazz from a variety of different perspectives.

  • Studies in Musical Style from 1815

    This module investigates topics and issues in music from the late 18th century to well into the 20th century. You'll investigate music from Beethoven to Mahler and Sibelius, and you'll look at early modernism and developments in the musical avant garde up to the early 1960s.

  • Psychology of Music Performance

    This module will enable you to explore music performance from a psychological point of view. You'll investigate strategies for sight-reading, practising and memorising music, ways to cope with performance anxiety, techniques for solo and ensemble playing, ways to express music in sound and through the body as well as consider the nature-nurture debate and performers’ personalities.

  • Contemporary Cities: Migration, Place and Belonging

    This module puts cultural representations of European and Chinese cities in conversation using a variety of forms (cinema, art, literature amongst others) to see how and why contemporary cities and their societies are interpreted and imagined, allowing us to engage with them in new, and sometimes unexpected, ways.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 1

    This module offers an introduction to English language teaching leading to the Trinity Certificate in TESOL professional qualification. You'll cover core areas and competencies such as teacher language awareness, teaching approaches, lesson planning and classroom management - as well as gaining some teaching practice experience.

  • Translation and Digital Culture

    Familiarise with a range of translation practices used on online platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Netflix and Wikipedia. You will be introduced to the challenges and opportunities of translation across a range of digital contexts and you will be encouraged to reflect on the vital importance of the translator's critical and creative skills.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Year abroad

You’ll spend your third year abroad. You can choose to study at a partner university, work in a school as a language assistant or work in industry or commerce.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Dissertation

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

    Back from the country or countries of your target language(s), the focus here is the consolidation of structures and grammar, as well as the serious development of skills in areas like translation, interpreting, textual exegesis, or subtitling.

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

    Building on all your work and experience to date, we’ll help to set you on your way to fluent professional and social use of your target language(s). This final module will help you become a career-ready global citizen, able to interact in diverse contexts and on multiple platforms.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester.

  • Composing for Film

    Discover the creative and technical challenges of commercial film scoring from a practical perspective as you explore a variety of film-scoring approaches, tools and industry conventions. Gain an understanding of the dramatic and narrative functionality of film music as you explore the story-telling power of music - with reference to historical context.

  • Advanced Performance 1

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Session Musician Performance

    Experience the range of professional scenarios encountered by session musicians, and so prepare yourself for a career in this area by adapting your existing performance skills specifically for use in the recording studio environment.

  • Shakespeare Music

    You will gain stylistic and historical insights into a variety of musical works in western cultures inspired by the plays of Shakespeare from the 17th to the 20th centuries. You'll develop an understanding of musical representations of literary sources by examining musical compositions which employ Shakespeare’s works as the basis for their compositional idea or content.

  • Music Industry Studies

    You will engage practically with a range of roles in the contemporary music industry, whilst learning about the theory and history that underpin this rapidly-evolving professional environment.

  • Psychology of Music and Emotion

    This module will enable you to gain an insight into recent research on the psychology of music and emotion, a fascinating and wide-ranging subject that has implications for many different careers in music.

  • Popular Cultures

    Engage with cultural products directly as a way of understanding their meaning in a variety of contexts. You'll be introduced to the complexities of the cultural world around us, and, through the use of predominantly popular cultural artefacts, to the ways in which we speak about, consume, like and dislike culture.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 2

    The final stage of the CertTESOL qualification, this module develops and extends core professional skills and competencies - with further teaching practice, learner analysis and materials design and development. On successful completion of integrated Trinity syllabus unit work and requirements, you will then be put forward for this externally awarded qualification.

  • Becoming a Professional Translator

    Apply your translation skills in the context of clients' needs and expectations. This module prepares you to successfully compete in the professional translation industry.

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

    You will focus on site-specific composition and the performance of such compositional works. You develop your compositional skills by introducing them to a number of creative interpretations of specific spaces and places, including open-form works, promenade performances, landscape composition, sound installation, and collaborative contexts such as dance or theatre.

  • Advanced Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Live Sound

    You will get theoretical and hands-on instruction in using live sound equipment. At the end of the module, you'll have produced a technical rider for a show and completed a soundcheck for a band's performance.

  • Music, Politics and Contemporary Thought

    You will be introduced to a range of critical, theoretical and analytical approaches in musicology. You'll cover topics including musical analysis, new and critical musicology, gender studies, music historiography, the sociology of music and music philosophy.

  • Global Pop

    Encounter the music traditions of Africa, Brazil, Cuba and India through performance and composition, and explore the influence they exert on today's popular music around the world.

  • Engagement and Resistance

    Explore the causes and effects of social, political and economic developments. You'll look at global and/or local movements to show how citizens have resisted or created change, to engage with the relationship between cultural life in the countries your are studying and real life, and to reflect on similarities and differences in this relationship across different cultures.

  • Language Learning and Teaching

    Following on from the Introduction to Language Teaching module, you'll look at specific approaches to language teaching in more depth. It is especially relevant if you are considering doing a PGCE or other formal language teacher training after completing your degree.

  • Individual Project (Music) (T1)

    This module gives you the opportunity to study a topic of your own choosing, with expert supervision. The choice of topic is very wide - you may offer an empirical study, an extended piece of music criticism, a folio of compositions, or a mixed-media project.

  • Individual Project (Music) (T2)

    The same as Individual Project [T1], but in the second trimester, to allow you to tailor the programme to suit your other module choices. It is possible to take both options if you wish to offer two contrasting skills. 

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

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More about this course

Spend half of your time studying music and half studying Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, gaining valuable skills in both areas. Musical and linguistic skills will always be in demand. And Hull, with some of the finest music and language facilities around, is a great place to gain them.

  • Get access to one of the finest concert venues around – our 400-seater Middleton Hall.
  • Spend an amazing year in China, France, Germany, Italy or Spain, getting to know the people, language and culture first-hand.
  • 99% of our music students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).

You'll be able to use some impressive facilities here – with 24-hour use of state-of-the-art ambisonic recording studios, as well as rehearsal rooms and performance spaces. Additionally, our team of language learning advisors offer extra one-to-one support with your studies. You even get the opportunity to work or study abroad in your third year.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

18%

46%

36%

Second year

23%

34%

43%

Year abroad

100%

Final year

14%

44%

42%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Hull Campus

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You don't just become fluent in another language at Hull - you immerse yourself in the culture of the people who speak it.

Spend an unforgettable year abroad, studying at a partner university or working, in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

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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Entry requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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 per year*
  • International: £13,500 per year*

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

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.

Our languages graduates have gone into a range of careers, including: international customer liaison at Harrod’s; business analyst; United Biscuits; Customs and Excise executive office; English teaching assistant in Japan; lecturers teaching English at universities in Dijon and Reims, and at the Sorbonne in Paris; translator, Netherlands National Press Bureau; International Officer at Lloyds Bank, Intelligence Officer with RAF.