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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Music, Theatre and Performance

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: WW3K

What you'll study

Unleash your creativity. Explore music and theatre through workshops, masterclasses and productions, with the use of industry-standard facilities.

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.

Compulsory modules

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

  • 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.

  • 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 means to capture and express observations that will be instrumental in subsequent years of study.

  • Approaches to Theatre 1

    Looking at plays from different periods and historic cultures, you will explore theatre in discussions and performance workshops. This module will also introduce you to two modes of assessment: essay and presentation.

  • Dramaturgy and Performance 2

    You will extend your understanding of performance, developing practical and critical skills and focusing on collaborative practice, which will culminate in a performance outcome.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Practical Specialisms 1

    You will develop competency in a range of specialist areas of theatre production. You'll explore safe working practices and technical possibilities to enable you to undertake practical performance in our performance spaces.

  • Practical Specialisms 2

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in two of the following areas of technical specialism: lighting, sound, stage management, design and scenic construction, wardrobe, and theatre and performance technologies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Theatre Practice 1

    Working with a staff project leader, you'll develop your theatre-making skills through research and planning activities, devising exercises and practical workshops all related to a specific performance project.

  • Theatre Practice 2

    You will work with other students to create a performance based on the skills developed during Theatre Practice 1. You'll engage in a combination of staff-led and student-led workshops and rehearsals, leading to a practical performance outcome.

  • 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 and 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 using your voice or a chosen instrument in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing in 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 jazz ensemble. You'll study topics such as score formatting, reharmonisation, texture, rhythm section writing, voicing and doubling, and you'll 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.

  • 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 gain the potential to work on interesting mixed-media projects and showreels in your final year.

  • Performance 2

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

  • Jazz Studies

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

  • 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, and ways to express music in sound and through the body. You'll also consider the nature-nurture debate and performers’ personalities.

  • Studies in Musical Style from 1815

    This module investigates topics and issues in music from the 1810s to the early 1960s, building on the context of the late 19th 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 ‘60s.

  • 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 formulae, speech perception, the fundamentals of music, research methods and design. The first assignment involves the design of a studio, and the second is a presentation on an agreed topic.

  • Production Techniques 1

    You will be encouraged to make connections and develop skills relating to the themes and specific production needs of the parallel core module, Theatre Practice 1. You'll develop your skills and understanding of one of the following key areas of production: scenography, including areas of technical specialism; stage management; play and scriptwriting; and acting and performance.

  • Explorations in Practice 1

    This module focuses on the steps and skills necessary for developing a theatre production, including textual and thematic context, practical methodology, creative concept, planning and time management. The creative process culminates in an assessed final performance in collaborative groups, documented in a reflective portfolio.

  • Performance Perspectives 1: Making Meaning

    You will consider the different ways in which theatre communicates with spectators through the construction of meaning. You'll focus on the question of meaning making in performance, the techniques used by theatre practitioners to construct meaning and the theoretical and philosophical approaches that develop our understanding of how theatrical events communicate meaning to the spectator.

  • Performance Perspectives 2: Contexts and Criticisms

    This module allows you to consider useful critical frameworks for understanding performance from a range of perspectives. You will have the opportunity to explore theatre historiography, cultural theory, socio-political analysis and aesthetics, and to discover how these ideas and others like them can develop our understanding of theatre practice and theory.

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. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Making Performance 1

    Working in student-directed 'companies', you'll carry out independent research and dramaturgical development that works towards the performance of an original production in the following trimester. You'll be allocated a designated production role in the development of your specialism, as well as the initial stages of the production as a whole.

  • 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 vocally or on a chosen instrument 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 prepare yourself for a career in this area by adapting your existing performance skills specifically for use in the recording studio environment.

  • 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 to create high-quality multi-track recordings.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • Making Performance 2

    Working in student-directed 'companies', you'll continue to work in your designated production area towards the performance realisation of the concept developed during trimester one. Your production work will be staged publicly as part of the annual 'Making Performance' season on campus.

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

    Focus on site-specific composition and the performance of such compositional works. 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 vocally or on a chosen instrument 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.

  • 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 broad and 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)

    This module gives you the opportunity to study a topic of your own choosing with expert supervision, as in 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. 

  • Production Techniques 2

  • Explorations in Practice 2

  • Dissertation (Drama)

    In this module, you will be able to focus on an area of your own interest, and broaden your knowledge and understanding of theatre and performance. You will design and engage with a programme of research in an area of your choosing, under the supervision of a member of staff.

  • Performance Perspectives 3: Approaching Audiences

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More about this course

Learn the craft of music and theatre through workshops, masterclasses, concerts, shows and productions, led by specialist staff and practitioners of international expertise. This degree gives you opportunities to improve your skills to a professional standard in our state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Tailor your degree around your own interests by choosing from a wide range of modules.
  • Enjoy one of the finest concert venues around – the 400-seater Middleton Hall - as well as the Gulbenkian Centre, a Grade ll listed theatre.
  • Our partnerships with professional organisations like Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North can open up internship opportunities for you.
  • Get 24-hour access to our industry-standard 48-track ambisonic recording studio.
  • 99% of our students in both music and drama 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)

After the success of Hull's year as UK City of Culture 2017, there could hardly be a better place (and time) to study music and theatre. On this course, you'll develop your ability to experiment with different ideas and work confidently in music and theatre research.

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%

36%

60%

Second year

47%

53%

Final year

62%

38%


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.

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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.

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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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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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Six reasons to make music at Hull.

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Strong links with local and regional organisations including Hull Truck Theatre, Opera North, New Diorama and Out of Joint.

Discover your strengths and passions in lighting, costume design, set design, stage management, acting and directing.

What will the music industry look like in five years?

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 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: 28 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

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

Hull music graduates take up a wide variety of careers, among them freelance performing, conducting, orchestral playing, orchestral management, working for the BBC, music librarianship, publishing, retailing, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching, music therapy, cathedral music and instrument making. They are also welcomed by employers in such non-musical fields as the Civil Service, accountancy, insurance and computing.

Our graduates' success rate in finding suitable employment is very high, and prospects are higher still for those with the skills to work in the fast-paced theatre industry. Previous students have headlined some of the most prestigious stages in the world, such as the Royal Opera House, those of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris. Others have established independent theatre companies, often using final-year production modules as a launch pad to success.

Your search for employment is greatly enhanced by our excellent Careers Service – one of the few that places no time limit on its services. It provides skills workshops, practice interviews, practice ability tests and extensive, up-to-date information, both during your degree and upon graduation.