Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

English and Music

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: QW33

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Travels in Text and Time

  • Literature Lab

  • Music, Criticism and Culture

  • Music in Practice 2

Optional modules

  • Approaches to Poetry

  • Drama and Performance

  • Music in Practice 1

  • Creative Music Skills 1

  • Music, History and Society

  • Creative Music Skills 2

  • Popular Music in Context

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

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

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

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

  • British and American Modernism

Optional modules

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature 1530-1633

  • Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

  • Reinventing Literature, 1950 to Now

  • The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

  • War, Writing and Remembrance

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th Century US Counterculture

  • American Gothic

  • The Materials of Composition

  • Electronic Composition

  • Audio-Visual Composition

  • Songwriting

  • Performance 1

  • Performance 2

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Creative Enterprises

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Working in Partnership

  • Music Technology Applications

  • Interactive Technologies

  • Game Audio

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

  • Orchestration and Arranging

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

  • 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

  • The Courtly

  • Playing God

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • Gothic

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

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

  • Shakespearean Transformations

  • Literary Heritage: The 19th Century Today

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Childhood Trauma in Contemporary Fiction

  • Crime Fiction

  • Post 9/11 Literature of the US

  • Composing for Film

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

  • Advanced Performance 1

  • Advanced Performance 2

  • Session Musician Performance

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: the Arts as a Living

  • Studio Techniques and Production

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • Live Sound

  • Global Pop

  • Music Industry Studies

  • Music and Critical Thinking

  • Shakespeare Music

  • Special Study

  • Handel’s Dramatic Works

  • Psychology of Music and Emotion

  • Individual Project

  • Free Elective

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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.

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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. 


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.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £14,000

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

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

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.