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. 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 can choose from a wide range of performance opportunities including the chamber orchestra, the sinfonietta (for the new music) and the big band. You will gain a solid knowledge of the whole range of English literature from Beowulf to the Booker Prize, ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Conrad, James Joyce and Salman Rushdie. You will have the opportunity to study unusual, non'traditional subjects such as the body in the eighteenth century, time in modern literature and adaptations of Shakespeare You will have the opportunity to write in a range of critical and creative genres, from journalism to performance poetry, literary criticism to science fiction.

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. English Year 1: introduction to medieval literature; Shakespeare; inventing the novel; introducing English poetry. Year 2: renaissance literature; Victorian literature; romanticisms; debates in contemporary and literary theory; modernism; medieval drama; medieval dream and vision; intensive Shakespeare (comedy, history, tragedy); drama and witchcraft 1576'1642; theatre and the city 1590'1625; early modern bodies; paradise in early modern literature; gender and writing in the 18th century; fictions of sensation; aspects of Forster; creative writing structure and style; literature of the fin de si'cle; Tolkien's roots; dark reform (scandal and satire in American arts). Year 3 options: rewriting mythologies in 20th century literature ; violence, sex and magic in medieval literature; the girl in the book; contemporary fiction; African American literature; poetic practice; literature of Chicago; James Joyce (revolutions of the word); special author; dissertation; reading Beowulf; advanced Shakespeare (the problem plays); literatures of genocide and mass atrocity; Shakespeare adaptation (from the 17th'20th centuries); rites of passage; Odysseus' scar (time in modern literature and film); art of noise; a year in the life of Victorian fiction (1855); lives of writing; pastoral; visual and verbal in the long 19th century; the great American novella; creative writing special focus.

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
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • Course specific
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher