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Economics with Music BSc (Econ)

UCAS code L1W3
Year of entry 2018
Course Length
3 years full time
Department Economics »
Music »

Studying Economics with Music at Royal Holloway means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts at one of the UK’s top ten economics teaching and research centres and one of the best Music departments in the UK. Economics is one of the most influential and liveliest disciplines in today's world, affecting the lives and fortunes of everyone on the planet. This course offers a complete education in the theories and methods of economics, with a strong focus on analytical methods combined with a quarter or your time spent expanding your knowledge of issues that shape music, including politics, urban development, gender and globalisation. The knowledge and skills gained will lead to excellent career prospects in public and private management, financial institutions and in government. 

Through this course you will develop an in-depth understanding of economics at all levels – from the company to the state, and beyond; learn to appreciate and apply the core theories of micro and macroeconomics; gain important quantitative and computing skills that are widely applicable as well as skills in logical reasoning and gain experience in logical and philosophical reasoning. You will develop a deeper understanding of music through the detailed study of the contexts, histories, theories, and practices of music. 

Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from subject leaders, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates.  Our courses follow a coherent and developmental structure which we combined with an effective and flexible approach to study.

  • Excellent career prospects; economics has an impressive employment record and graduates’ starting salaries are amongst the highest in the country.
  • Effective and flexible approach to study allowing you to specialise your music studies on areas of interest, as well as joining group performance options and extra-curricular orchestras, choirs, bands and ensembles.
  • Quality research and teaching;one of only two economics departments in the country placed in the top ten for both research and student satisfaction and the Music Department is ranked 3rd for research quality and 98% for overall student satisfaction (Research Assessment Exercise, 2014 and National Student Survey 2015).

Core modules

Year 1

The core modules in Economics are:

Principles of Economics

In this module you will develop an understanding of the theories of macroeconomics, that of the economy as a whole, and of microeconomics, the behaviour of individuals, firms and governments. You will look at how the goods and assests markets underpin growth, inflation and unemployment, and the role that fiscal and monetary policy play in macroeconomic managemenet. You will examine the theoretical basis to supply and demand and the role of government intervention in individual markets. You will consider how to solve economic problems by manipulating a variety of simple diagrammatic and algebraic models in macro- and microeconomics, critically evaluating the models and their limitations.

Quanitative Methods of Economics

In this module you will develop an understanding of the basic mathematical, quantitative, computing and statistical tools for the study of economics. You will look at techniques such as algebraic manipulation, functions, simultaneous equations, optimisation, descriptive statistics, probability theory and regressions, and learn how to apply these to economic problems.

Post-Crisis Economics

Year 2

The core modules in Economics are:

Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Quantitative Methods in Economics 2

Year 3

All modules are optional

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

Optional modules in Music include:

Theory and Analysis

 

Practical Musicianship

 

Creative Composition Techniques

 

Practical Composition Skills

 

Very Short History of Music

 

Introduction to Historical Musicology

 

Introduction to World Music

 

Contemporary Debates in Music

 

Year 2

Optional modules in Music include:

Studies in Music Analysis

 

Studies in Composition

 

Studies in Music History

 

Studies in Ethnomusicology

 

Studies in Music, Media and Technology

 

Practical Performance

 

Solo Performance

 

Ensemble Performance

 

Composition Portfolio

 

Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

 

Choral Conducting

 

Baroque Performance Practice

 

Composing with Technology

 

Composing with Technology

 

Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

 

Introduction to Jazz

 

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

 

Orchestral Conducting

 

Orchestral Performance

 

Practical Ethics

 

Wagner's Ring

 

Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

 

Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

 

Music in the City

 

Music, Environment and Ecology

 

Music, Power and Politics

 

Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

 

Silent Film Performance

 

Music and Gender

 

Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

 

Year 3

Optional modules in Economics include:

Industrial Economics 1
Industrial Economics 2
Financial Economics 1
Financial Economics 2
Econometrics 1
Econometrics 2
Understanding Financial Crises
Environmental Economics
Experimental Economics
Monetary Economics
Topics in Game Theory
Advanced Economic Theory
Financial Econometrics
Labour Economics
Economic Philosophy
Topics in Public Economics
International Economic History
Topics in Developmental Economics
Advanced Topics in Game Theory
Economics of Inequality

Optional modules in Music include:

The Music-Film

 

Baroque Performance Practice

 

Intercultural Performance - Theory and Practice

 

Composing with Technology 2

 

Silent Film Performance

 

Teaching is mostly by means of lectures and seminars, the latter providing a forum for students to work through problem sets and applications in a smaller and more interactive setting. Outside of scheduled teaching sessions, students work independently, or collaboratively, researching, reading and preparing for seminars. 

Assessment is usually carried out by end of year examinations as well as class tests and assignments. Final year students can choose to complete an extended essay, which offers students the chance to conduct an original piece of research.

The results of the first year examinations qualify students for entry to the second year but do not contribute to the final degree award. The second and final year results do contribute to the final degree result, with the final year work counting for a larger proportion of the result.

Study time

Proportions of study time will vary depending on modules taken, but typically:

Year 1

You will spend 21% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 79% in guided independent study.

Year 2

You will spend 23% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 77% in guided independent study.

Year 3

You will spend 18% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 82% in guided independent study.

Assessment

Proportions of assessment types will vary depending on modules taken, but typically:

Year 1

Written exams account for 72% of the total assessment for this year of study, 5% will be assessed through practical exams, and 23% will be assessed through coursework.

Year 2

Written exams account for 71% of the total assessment for this year of study, and 29% will be assessed through coursework.

Year 3

Written exams account for 80% of the total assessment for this year of study, 1% will be assessed through practical exams, and 19% will be assessed through coursework.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

AAB-ABB
How we assess your application: predicted grades lower than our typical offers are considered. Read more about what we look for here

  • Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required.

  • Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.

Required/preferred subjects

Grade A in Music is required. 

Applicants can be either taking Maths, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at A-level, or have a GCSE Maths grade A or 7 to meet the Maths requirement for this programme.

At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate

6,5,5 at Higher Level subjects including a minimum of 32 points overall. 6 in Higher Level Music plus 4 in HL Maths, 5 in SL Maths or 6 in SL Maths Methods are needed to meet the subject requirements.. Maths Studies is not accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Distinction* Distinction* Distinction in a relevant subject plus A-Level Music grade A or grade 8 Music Theory and GCSE Maths grade A or 7

BTEC National Extended Diploma

Distinction Distinction in a relevant subject plus an A-level grade A in Music or grade 8 Music Theory plus GCSE Maths grade A or 7 

BTEC National Extended Certificate

Distinction plus A-level grades AB including grade A in Music plus grade A or 7 in GCSE Maths

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

 

Scottish Highers

AAABB including Maths plus Advanced Highers Music grade A or grade 8 Music Theory

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including H2 in Music and H3 in Maths

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass with at least 24 level 3 credits at Distinction and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit PLUS GCSE Maths grade A or 7 and Music A-level grade A or grade 8 Music Theory. 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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English language
requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in both Reading and Writing and no lower than 5.5 in every other subscore. For equivalencies please see here.

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

An Economics with Music degree at Royal Holloway, University of London will equip you with an enviable range of practical skills and can lead into a variety of career paths.  The knowledge and skills developed in an economics degree will make you highly employable.

We will help students to recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or further study.

  • Our graduates are highly employable; 95% of Music graduates and 85% of Economics graduates achieved either full time employment or further study within six months of graduation (Unistats 2015).
  • In recent years, graduates have launched careers with a wide-range of organisations and government departments, in roles including financial analyst, finance broker, government economist and chartered accountant.
  • Music graduates have also launched careers as musicians, music, dance and drama teachers, technicians, managers and policy makers.

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

International students tuition fee per year**: £16,500

Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it?  Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates starting their degrees in 2018 is controlled by Government regulations, and details are not yet known. The UK Government has also announced that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.

**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our  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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