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Music and English

BA
  • UCAS code WQ33
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2020

The course

This Joint Honours course combines the practical and theoretical study of Music with the study of English literature.

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.

From Beowulf to the Booker Prize, English offers you the opportunity to study the full historical range of literature in English as well as the latest developments in the field, and even to pursue your own creative writing.

You can discover the earliest works in English, deepen your knowledge of Shakespeare, find out what is great about Renaissance literature, darken your view of the 18th century, and unpack the Victorians. The course's structure allows you to develop a sound understanding of key periods, genres, authors, and ideas as well as choosing from a huge range of options. You can study Modernism, Postmodernism and American literature, explore literary criticism, develop your own creative writing, and analyse the latest developments in global literatures in English.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to apply to take a Placement Year, which can be spent studying abroad, working or carrying out voluntary work. You can even do all three if you want to (minimum of three months each)! To recognise the importance of this additional skills development and university experience, your Placement Year will be formally recognised on your degree certificate and will contribute to your overall result. Please note conditions may apply if your degree already includes an integrated year out, please contact the Careers & Employability Service for more information. Find out more

  • An adaptable course with a flexible core of modules.
  • Creative opportunities abound – take modules in creative writing or composition.
  • Enjoy creating ensembles with other musicians.
  • A unique perspective – work at the intersection of music and the written word.
  • Choral, organ, orchestral and music scholarships.
1st

in the UK for research intensity

Source: Complete University Guide, 2020 (Music)

6th

in the UK for performing arts

Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019 (Music)

4th

in the UK for creative writing

Source: Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020 (English)

Top 20

in the UK for English

Source: Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020 (English)

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