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History and Music BA

UCAS code VW13
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 3 years full time
Department History »

This joint degree allows you to combine a passion for history and music. Through your history studies you will be able to start satisfying your curiosity about the past, acquire understanding of specific periods and problems, and make discoveries.  At the same time you will develop a deeper understanding of music.

Studying History is exciting and rewarding; it encourages you to appreciate the human experience in other places and at other times. Exploring what people have felt, thought and done in the past expands our self-awareness.

Our internationally renowned academics are developing the very latest thinking on historical problems; this cutting edge knowledge informs the curriculum and will enhance your learning experience. By studying History at one of the largest and most influential departments in the country you will be able to choose from an exceptionally broad range of subjects, enabling you to spread your studies across the medieval and modern worlds, from Ancient Rome through to modern China, from Saladin through to Margaret Thatcher.

  • 96% say that our teaching makes the subject interesting and 94% find the course intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2016).
  • World-leading and internationally excellent research which is ranked joint first for its impact on greater society (Research Excellence Framework 2014, 4* and 3* research).

Studying Music at Royal Holloway allows you to tailor your studies to your own interests and passions. We have expertise spanning traditional, modern and world music. Through studying musical texts, practices, cultures and institutions you will explore issues in history, sociology, ethnology, and philosophy covering an exceptional geographical and chronological range. You will also be able to gain practical skills in composition, music technology and performance.

You will join a music department that is among the very best in the country, ranked third in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship.

  • You will have access to well-equipped studios and recording facilities as well as incredible performance spaces including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel.
  • Our well connected department means you have the opportunity to make valuable music industry contacts. Our staff are connected with musical networks such Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House.

Core modules

Year 1

History: History and Meanings

This module examines the development of historical writing and debates around the meaning of history. Overall, the framework is chronological, taking you on a journey from Herodotus and other historians of the ancient world, through to the development of history as a professional discipline in the nineteenth century, and finally on to more recent debates about ‘postmodernism’. Both western and non-western history-writing traditions are discussed for comparative purposes. On the way, in both lectures and in small tutorial groups, you will need to think about the nature of historical ‘truth’ and objectivity, and will be asked to reflect upon your own status and practice as historians.

History: Public History

History has never been so popular. This course explores the development in recent years of ‘public history’, or the ways in which the past is used and written about by academic and popular historians, the heritage industry, journalists, the state, and the wider public. The module examines the nature of ‘public history’ through a series of case-studies, including topics such as how history is presented on the television and in film; history in museums and heritage sites; community and oral history; the memory of the Holocaust; debates in European societies about ‘making amends’ for slavery and the colonial past; and the uses of history in contemporary South Asia. You will be given the opportunity to make your own contribution to the field through your own ‘public history’ project.

Year 2

History: Independent Essay

This module allows yous to undertake a small research project of your own. You will sign up for one of approximately twenty-five advertised thematic ‘workshops’ run by academics within the department, and through a series of seminars will explore key themes and debates that allow you to identify a project of your own choosing. The course also includes training in research and writing skills, and is excellent preparation for your final-year dissertation.

History: Research Skills

This module will ensure that you have a cogent, practicable and interesting research topic to write your independent essay, and that you are equipped with the appropriate skills and a timetable for undertaking and producing research and writing in a timely manner. You will be encouraged to consult with the module leader and your supervisors to develop your research topic.

Year 3

History: Dissertation

You will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of your own choosing, with an academic supervisor vho will provide regular consultation.

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

History: Gods, Men and Power - An Introduction to the Ancient World from Homer to Mohammed

History: Republics, Kings and People - The Foundations of European Political Though from Plato to Rousseau

History: The Rich Tapestry of Life - Early Modern England, Europe and the Wider World, 1453 to 1789

History: Conflict and Identity in Modern Europe, 1770 to 2000

History: Mao to Mandela - Tentieth Century Leaders of the Non-Western World

History: Rome to Renaissance - An Introduction to the Middle Ages

Music: Theory and Analysis

Music: Practical Musicianship

Music: Creative Composition Techniques

Music: Practical Composition Skills

Music: Very Short History of Music

Music: Introduction to Historical Musicology

Music: Introduction to World Music

Music: Contemporary Debates in Music

Music: Solo Performance

Music: Creative Ensemble Performance

Year 2

History: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic

History: The Persuit of Power - Europe, 1000 to 1250

History: The Flowering of the Middle Ages - Politics, Pestilence and War, 1300 to 1500

History: The European Crucible, 1914 to 1947 - Politics, Culture and Society

History: New World, Lost World - The Tudor Monarchy 1485 to 1603

History: The Georginas - Politics, Society, and Culture 1688 to 1832

History: Nineteenth-Century Europe - Society and Culture, 1789 to 1905

History: Twentieth-Century World History - The Middle East, Africa and Latin America

History: Medicine from Antiquity to the Medieval Near East

History: The Victorians - British History, 1837 to 1901

History: History of the USA, 1787 to 1877

History: Spain, 1898 to 1939

History: Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy, 1939 to 1989

History: Awakening China - From the Opium Wars to the Present Day

History: Science in Greek and Roman Antiquity

History: Mutiny to Modi - the Indian Subcontinent from the 19th Century to the Present

Music: Studies in Music Analysis

Music: Studies in Composition

Music: Studies in Music History

Music: Studies in Ethnomusicology

Music: Studies in Music, Media and Technology

Music: Practical Performance

Music: Solo Performance

Music: Ensemble Performance

Music: Composition Portfolio

Music: Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

Music: Choral Conducting

Music: Baroque Performance Practice

Music: Composing with Technology

Music: Composing with Technology

Music: Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

Music: Introduction to Jazz

Music: Popular Music and Musicians in Post-War Britain and North America

Music: Orchestral Conducting

Music: Orchestral Performance

Music: Practical Ethics

Music: Wagner's Ring

Music: Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

Music: Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

Music: Music in the City

Music: Music, Environment and Ecology

Music: Music, Power and Politics

Music: Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

Music: Silent Film Performance

Music: Music and Gender

Music: Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

Year 3

History: Faith and Fire - Religious Culture in England, 1375 to 1525

History: The Origins and Impact of the Second Crusade, 1145 to 1149

History: Modernity and the Victorians - The Intellectual Response

History: Berlin - A European Metropolis from Kaiser to Kohl

History: The History and Historiography of the Holocaust

History: The Clash of Powers and Cultures - Sino-American Relations during the Cold War

History: Christians and Pagans  - From Constantine to Augustine

History: Victorian Babylon - Life, Work and People in London, 1840 to 1890

History: Comparing Religious Fundamentalisms in the 19th and 20th Centuries

History: Migration, Identity and Citizenship in Modern Britain

History: The Age of Terror - Terrorism from 1945 to Present

History: Talking Cures and Troubles: The Oral History of Health and Medicine in Britain, 1948 to 2000

History: Drawing the Line - Independence, Partition, and the Making of India and Pakistan

History: Progress and its Discontents - European Culture, 1890 to 1914

Music: Studies in Music Analysis

Music: Studies in Composition

Music: Studies in Music History

Music: Studies in Ethnomusicology

Music: Studies in Music, Media and Technology

Music: Practical Performance

Music: Solo Performance

Music: Ensemble Performance

Music: Composition Portfolio

Music: Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

Music: Choral Conducting

Music: Baroque Performance Practice

Music: Composing with Technology

Music: Composing with Technology

Music: Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

Music: Introduction to Jazz

Music: Popular Music and Musicians in Post-War Britain and North America

Music: Orchestral Conducting

Music: Orchestral Performance

Music: Practical Ethics

Music: Wagner's Ring

Music: Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

Music: Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

Music: Music in the City

Music: Music, Environment and Ecology

Music: Music, Power and Politics

Music: Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

Music: Silent Film Performance

Music: Music and Gender

Music: Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

Music: Practical Performance 2

Music: Composing with Technology 2

Music: Special Study - Dissertation

Music: Special Study - Theory and Analysis

Music: Special Study - Performance

Music: Special Study - Composition

The course has a modular structure, whereby students take twelve course units at the rate of four per year. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective thereby offering versatility and choice.  

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and instrumental/vocal lessons. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of musical activities supported by the department, including performances by orchestras, choirs and other ensembles. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. When you start with us, you are assigned a Personal Advisor to support you academically and personally.

Assessment is carried out by a combination of examinations, which take place in the summer term, along with written papers, extended essays, assessed coursework, and a portfolio of practical work.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels AAB-ABB
 

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • subjects taken at A level
  • the educational context in which academic achievements have been gained
  • whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken
Required/preferred subjects

Required: Grade A in Music A level or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass and five GCSEs graded A*-C including English and Maths

Preferred subjects: History

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate

6,5,5 at Higher Level including Higher Level History and 6 in Higher Level Music, with a minimum of 32 points overall. Or 6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Music with a minimum of 32 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a related subject plus Music A level grade A or equivalent.
BTEC National Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a related subject plus A level Music grade A.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Distinction plus A level grades AB in including Music grade A.
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers AB ncluding History and A in Music or AA at Advanced Higher Level including A in Music plus Higher Level requirements.
Scottish Highers AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements.
Irish Leaving Certificate H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level inc H2 in Music at Higher Level.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass Access Diploma with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit or higher PLUS A level Music grade A or equivalent. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education.

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore. For equivalencies please see here.

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and pre-sessional English language courses, allowing students to further develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

Studying  History and Music at Royal Holloway will provide you with a unique skill set, open up a wide range of career options and provide a basis for further study.  As well as practical performance, composition and production skills, your degree demonstrates that you enjoy being challenged, are able to think through issues and problems in a logical and consistent way and have a understanding other values and cultures, which equips you to operate successfully in a fast-changing and increasingly globalised and multi-cultural environment. 

On graduation you will be informed and independent - armed with key skills including; problem-solving, organisation and planning, research and analysis, as well as communication and presentation skills and critical thinking.

  • 85% of graduates were in employment or enhancing their skills with further study six months after graduation (Unistats 2015).
  • Our recent graduates have very successfully entered a wide range of careers including roles as musicians, composers and performing arts teachers, technicians, publishers, managers, lawyers and policy makers. Many graduates also go on to advanced study in a variety of fields.
  • Our careers service offers a range of tailor-made careers events, one-to-one careers advice sessions and skills workshops specifically for history students.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £14,000

Other essential costs***: Music - £50

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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