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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

English and Music

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: QW33

What you'll study

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.

  • Travels in Text and Time

    Time-travelling across three centuries of English literature, this modules introduces you to key English writers and works, from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, and the late medieval play, Everyman, to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Milton’s Paradise Lost. Breaking down barriers between medieval and Renaissance literature, it groups texts according to theme and explores how these themes develop in plays and poems written centuries apart.

  • Literature Lab

    In this practical module, you'll acquire essential skills for the study of literature, as well as academic skills. In a relaxed workshop environment, you'll practise close reading (poetry, fiction, drama), while also developing your skills in essay writing, presenting, academic research and referencing.

  • Music, Criticism and Culture

    You will study musical aesthetics across diverse genres, developing your critical skills and your ability to construct written arguments. Topics range from authenticity in cover songs to the political arguments of Adorno, Scruton and Cage.

  • Music in Practice 2

    This module continues to teach you how to analyse music across a wide range of styles and genres. The focus on analysis will provide you with the tools to capture observations, and various means of expressing such observations, that will be instrumental in subsequent years of study.

Optional modules

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

  • Approaches to Poetry

    This module introduces you to different forms of poetry from the Renaissance to the present day, via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars.

  • Drama and Performance

    You'll be introduced to a range of plays, ancient and modern, each of which is a theatrical and cultural landmark, often a provocative one. The selected plays helped shape not only theatrical practice but also our understanding of what it is to be human, both now and in the past.

  • Music in Practice 1

    This module introduces you to a wide range of concepts in music theory. It covers different types of notation, harmony and counterpoint in order to equip you with the fundamental tools to understand and practise music throughout your degree programme, and beyond.

  • 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.

  • Studies in Musical Style (to 1830)

    An overview of Western music history from the 11th century to early Romanticism. You'll examine defining features of salient musical styles, engaging in detailed analysis of selected works.

  • 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.

  • Popular Music in Context

    You will explore popular music before 1980 from structural, sociological and historical viewpoints. Topics include blues, the French chanson, protest music and theories of harmony in rock songs.

  • Free Elective

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.

In English, you'll choose one of the following core modules

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

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    This module returns Shakespeare to the vibrant theatrical milieu of late 16th- and early 17th-century London, where we encounter him as one among a number of inventive and influential playwrights of the time. It introduces groundbreaking plays of exceptional emotional reach and imaginative daring, written in a range of popular genres, during a golden age of English theatre.

  • Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

    Explore sentiment and satire, sensibility and scandal in a module which focuses upon the diversity, innovations and influence of 18th-century poetry, drama and fiction.

  • British and American Modernism

    'Make it new' (Ezra Pound): explore a diverse, fascinating and radical period in English and American Literature, considering authors on both sides of the Atlantic who were committed to revolutionary change. Featured writers include T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D H Lawrence, F Scott Fitzgerald, Katherine Mansfield and Hilda Doolittle.

Optional modules

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

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

    You'll learn about, and evaluate, the courtly medieval culture of chivalry and courtly love, then see how it was received in the 'real' world of later medieval England. Our guides for this are Sir Thomas Malory's Arthurian epic Morte Darthur and Geoffrey Chaucer's less respectful The Canterbury Tales.

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633​

    You'll study the development of the most passionate and erotic representations of love and desire in English poetry and drama over a century, from the 1530s to the 1630s, learning how English writers, such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Sidney, Spenser and Donne, responded to and developed formal and thematic conventions from earlier European poetic traditions.

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

    You will study Romanticism, a movement which gave birth to some of the greatest poetry in the English language. You'll be introduced to the different genres of Romantic poetry, while at the same time learning about the political and philosophical background from which the poetry emerged.

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

    This module examines shorter narratives of the Victorian period written by some of the most influential authors of the 19th century, and addresses key issues of the period relating to industrialisation, class, gender and imperialism.

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

    You'll examine cultural encounters between travellers and the cultures they visit through a study of the literature of travel, including fictional accounts and visual representation, including art and film.

  • The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

    Develop insights into the ways in which the contradictory image of the child has been represented in literary texts in Britain and America from the 19th century through to the present day.

  • War, Writing and Remembrance

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th-Century US Counterculture

    You'll study the literature of US counterculture, centred around the social upheavals of the late 20th century. You'll read authors who cast off expectations of class, race, gender and literary form. And you'll explore the ways that they rebelled against their society through writing.

  • American Gothic

    You will immerse yourself in the darker side of American literature, examining the presence of a Gothic sensibility from the fiery preaching of the early Puritans to contemporary horror novels. You'll study a wide range of both popular and literary fiction, exploring the terrors of haunted houses, alien monstrosities and insane protagonists in the specific American contexts in which they were produced.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

    This module is divided into two parts: studio design and an understanding of acoustics. You'll study the theoretical and practical application of acoustic formuli, speech perception, the fundamentals of music, and research method and design. The first assignment involves the design of a studio, and the second is a presentation on an agreed topic.

  • 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.

  • Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Free Elective

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.

Optional modules

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

  • Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage

    This module explores the vibrant drama of late medieval England, focusing on the street plays performed in cities like York and Chester, on morality plays performed indoors before paying audiences, and on political plays performed in the households of royalty and nobility. Alongside study in seminars of the text of each play, you'll have the opportunity to reimagine these plays in performance, using theatre workshops, field trips and play archives, to bring late medieval drama to life.

  • Contemporary Fiction

    You will discover and analyse an exciting range of recently-published novels, considering their relationship with culture, society, history and politics. You'll discuss issues such as the challenge to realism; narrative invention and innovation; internationalism and globalisation; and the connection between literatures of the past and present.

  • Gothic

    You will analyse the Gothic from the conception of the genre in the 18th century to its manifestation in contemporary literature and film, focusing on the genre's convergence with contemporaneous social and cultural preoccupations.

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

    Our subject is unruliness: how it was defined, represented, attacked and, on occasion, defiantly celebrated in later 16th- and early 17th-century English literature. The focus is on writing which was regarded with suspicion by the authorities, treats controversial issues of the day (such as rebellion, sexual misconduct, cross-dressing and witchcraft) and incorporates socially marginal figures whose irreducible and unruly humanity challenges us to reflect on their marginalisation and on those who are similarly marginalised in our times.

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

    You will study how English writers from the Renaissance period (1579 to 1645), both male and female, canonical and more obscure, deliberately fashion themselves as ‘authors’, in relation to previous writers and works from both Classical and Early Modern European literary traditions. The module will introduce you to important techniques such as imitation and translation, and will provide an overview of significant European writers and sources, before focusing on the following English authors: Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Lady Mary Sidney Herbert, Aemilia Lanyer, Lady Mary Wroth, Elizabeth Carey, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, and John Milton.

  • Writing the Revolution: Sex, Religion and Politics in the Literature of 17th-century England

    You will explore the literature of the mid-17th century in the context of the century's revolutionary turns and counter-turns: civil war, regicide, the establishment of a republic, favouring puritanism, and the Restoration of the monarchy. Amongst the writers studied will be John Milton, Andrew Marvell and the Restoration playwrights, George Etherege and Aphra Behn.

  • Shakespearean Transformations

    You will explore how Shakespeare borrowed and adapted plays - now anonymous - which had entered the dramatic tradition. You will consider Shakespeare's plays, from all genres, in the light of theories of adaptation, imitation, conversion and originality.

  • Secrets and Lies: Victorian Decadence and Degeneration 1860-1901

    Explore the development of new forms of writing which focus on the ‘darker’ alternative or hidden aspects of Victorian society, such as the ‘New Woman’; the Homosexual Man, the Foreigner, and the Poor, in the context of Degeneration theory.

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

    You will explore the relationship between literature and the visual arts from the Renaissance to the present. You'll examine a wide range of literary texts alongside paintings, works of art criticism, and recent critical and theoretical writings.

  • Childhood Trauma and its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction

    Explore ways in which contemporary novels and 'misery memoirs' present childhood trauma that impacts on adolescence and adulthood. You'll discuss a range of characters with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of early bereavement or mistreatment in the domestic sphere, in conjunction with psychological and medical studies of child development.

  • Crime Fiction: Reading the Body, Reading the Signs

    To explore this wide-ranging and unique genre, you will first investigate the two main crime fiction traditions, classical (Poe, Doyle and Christie) and hardboiled (Ellroy). Next, your seminar group will analyse four novels chosen from among the many subgenres that have developed more recently, such as the forensic detective novel, black hardboiled crime, true crime and many others.

  • Post-9/11 Literature of the US

    Explore how literature responded to and made sense of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11 2001. You will look at how writers experiment with literary form and represent marginalised voices to raise questions about who gets to tell the story of 9/11 and its aftermath.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Special Study (Music)

    This module allows you to undertake an extended project with a specialist and dedicated supervisor through one-to-one tutorial teaching. Your project could take the form of a dissertation or it could be a creative project, such as an EP.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Free Elective

More about this course

On this exciting, combined degree, you’ll gain a sophisticated understanding of the critical debates in English literature, while also developing your skills as a professional musician. Hull is home to some of the finest music facilities in the country. You can enjoy 24-hour access to industry-standard recording studios as well as brand new rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, including our flagship auditorium, the Middleton Hall. Your studies will be enhanced by the Philip Larkin Centre, which attracts internationally-renowned visiting authors as well as new talent.

With Philip Larkin, Winifred Holtby and Andrew Marvell among the notable figures who have left their literary mark on the city, you don’t have to look far for inspiration. Staff in both English and Music are experts in their field and are actively involved in publishing articles and books in their research area. Their expertise is emphasised through the extensive portfolio of modules available – allowing you to tailor the degree to your interests.

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

4%

13%

83%

Second year

16%

8%

76%

Final year

13%

5%

82%


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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Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Become part of the thriving literary and creative scene at the University and beyond.

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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Entry requirements

2019 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, or an equivalent Level 3 music qualification
  • Applicants’ instrumental or vocal performance skills should be at a minimum of Grade 6 level. Musicians who can demonstrate performance at this level but who have not taken practical examinations are also encouraged to apply.

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.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 30 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.

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.

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Fees and funding

Future prospects

English and Music graduates have an excellent employability record. Our graduates have found employment with a wide range of public and private sector companies and organisations including: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, J Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer, and the Ministry of Justice.

Graduate entry positions include public relations officer, secondary school teacher, retail store manager, employment agency consultant, quality assurance technician, pension adviser, and fundraising and appeals organiser. Music-specific careers of recent graduates include 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.

As a graduate, you will continue to have access to the University Careers Service which will provide a wealth of advice, information and guidance to help you get ready for the world of work. There’s also the pathway to continue your studies as a postgraduate – so you may be interested in what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.