Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will be studying at two top'ranking departments with outstanding research records . The Music Department received the highest rating for research in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The School of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. 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 have the opportunity to benefit from an immersive third year of study spent in a German'speaking environment. You can choose between partner universities such as Heidelberg, Munich and Vienna, teaching placements at German or Austrian schools, or work placements in business or industry.

Course Modules

German Year 1: German language 1; German language 2; reading German literature; truth, language and art: key questions in the humanities; modern Germany (history and society); introduction to comparative textual analysis; the birth of European film or reading European film 1. Year 2: German language 2 (grammar and translation); German language 2 (current affairs); history and politics as reflected in the German cinema from the 1930s to the 1990s; ideals and realities in German drama; narrative strategies in German prose fiction; introduction to modern European philosophy. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: German language 3. 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
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • 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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91% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 94%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 84%

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

84% Go on to work and/or study

In work 57
Studying 23
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 9
Unknown 8

20% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 29%

Total Coursework: 38%

Total Practical: 33%

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

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