Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Study a rich set of periods, events and places, each fascinating in its own right, and each yielding unique insights. Explore under the guidance of internationally'renowned specialists a coherent and compelling historical framework that brings history alive and addresses key debates. Choose from a wide range of elective course units to build the study content that matches your interests. The Music Department received the highest rating for research in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. You will benefit from Royal Holloway's long'standing international reputation for the study of early music. You will have access to major performance spaces on campus as well as several music technology spaces with the latest industry'standard hardware and software, and we offer a wide range of performance opportunities including the chamber orchestra, the sinfonietta (for new music) and the big band.

Course Modules

History Year 1: history and meanings part 1; history and meanings part 2; gods, men and power (an introduction to the ancient world, from homer to Mohammed); republics, kings and people (the foundations of European political thought from Plato to Rousseau); the rich tapestry of life (early modern England, Europe and the wider world, 1453'1789); conflict and identity in modern Europe, 1770'2000; Mao to Mandela (20th'century leaders of the non'western world); Rome to renaissance (an introduction to the middle ages); introduction to politics and government. Year 2 options: history of the British empire, 1763'1900; history of the British empire, 1899'1963; the rise and fall of the roman republic; Rome and its empire from Augustus to Commodus; globalising capital: Britain and the world, 1846'1913; the pursuit of power: Europe 1000'1250; religion, culture and society in Europe, 1000'1250; politics, pestilence and war in late medieval Europe, 1300'1500; the sacred and profane (cultural life in renaissance Europe); the European crucible, 1914'1945; the politics of postwar Europe, 1945'2000; 20th'century world history (the Asian resurgence); new worlds, lost worlds (the Tudor monarchy 1485'1603); killing the king (England in an age of revolutions 1603'1714); the Georgians (politics, society and culture 1688'1832); 19th'century Europe (society and culture, 1789'1890); 20th'century world history (the middle east, Africa and Latin America); medicine from antiquity to the medieval near east; the western powers and east Asia, 1839'1945; daily life in renaissance and baroque Italian cities (social and domestic life); Genghis khan and the Mongol legacy (1200'1500); the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires (1500'1700); international economic relations, 1917'1991; the Victorians, 1837'1901; modern British history, 1914'1973; history of the USA, 1787 to 1877; the united states in the 20th'century; Spain, 1898'1939; Spain from dictatorship to democracy, 1939'1989; awakening china: from the opium wars to the present day; the holy man. Year 3 options: England in the reign of Richard II; blasphemy, irreligion and the English enlightenment 1620'1720; religious culture in England, c.1375'1525; the causes and consequences of the fall of Constantinople, 1453; heresy, crusade and inquisition in southern France, 1140'c.1300; the empire in Victorian Britain, 1830'1870; Victorian social and political thought; berlin (a European metropolis in the 20th century); the history and historiography of the holocaust; the clash of powers and cultures (Sino'American relations during the cold war); enlightenment Paris, 1721'1789; Stalinism, 1917'1953; Christians and pagans from Constantine to Augustine (ad 306'430); representing authority from Henry VI to Charles II; Victorian Babylon (life, work and people in London, 1840'1890); comparing religious fundamentalisms in the 19th and 20th centuries; migration, identity and citizenship in modern Britain; the age of terror (terrorism from 1945 ' present); Genghis khan and his empire, 1150'1300; photography, film and British society 1850'1965; china and the world: migration and diaspora, 1800'1945; Malcolm X and African American Islam; modern Delhi (from Mughals to megacity); bomb, a history (atomic weaponry and society in the 20th century). Music Year 1: theory and analysis; practical musicianship; creative composition techniques; practical composition skills; a very short history of music; introduction to historical musicology; introduction to world music; contemporary debates in music; solo performance; creative ensemble performance. Year 2: studies in music analysis; studies in composition; studies in music history; studies in ethnomusicology; studies in music, media and technology; practical performance. Year 3: composition; musicology; theory and analysis; performance.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

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94% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 86%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 83%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 70%

£16,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

87% Go on to work and/or study

In work 44
Studying 39
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 11
Unknown 3

20% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 45%

Total Coursework: 44%

Total Practical: 11%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation