Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The Music Department received the highest rating for research in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 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. You will be studying at a top'ranking languages department with an outstanding research record. The School of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities.

Course Modules

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. French Year 1: perspectives on modern France (crisis, nation, identity); the visual image in French culture and society; heroes and anti'heroes in their social and cultural context; language, communication and society; landmarks (reading the classics of French literature). Year 2: cinema in France; writing romance and desire; French (the linguist's view); culture and ideology; stage and screen in France. Year 3: advanced French linguistics; Arthurian romance; gender and transgression in early'modern French literature; redefining the erotic in contemporary French literature and film; fictions of history (narrative, film and event in early modern France); image, identity and consumer culture in post'war fiction and film; text and image in France (from cubism to the present); ethics and violence (murder, suicide and genocide in literature and film); the libertines (narratives of experience in early modern France); the passion of place (desire and identity in modern Paris).

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 AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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85% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 81%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 75%

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

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 10
Unknown 5

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 42%

Total Coursework: 33%

Total Practical: 26%

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

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