Music and literature are vital elements of any culture or society. This Joint Honours degree gives you the chance to combine the two as you explore poetry, prose and drama in English alongside music in culture, in practice or in society.
You'll be introduced to the richness of English literature and have the chance to explore composition, the sciences of music, or performance in your core studies. However, we offer an impressive variety of option modules for you to choose from, so you can tailor your degree to focus on the topics that interest you.
You could study aesthetics and criticism, music technology, editing or music psychology alongside Romantic poetry, medieval literature or world theatre. You could think about the politics of the language we use, or build your advanced performance skills. This course will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of two vital forms of human expression in a city with a vibrant cultural and musical life.
We have plenty of resources to offer for students of both English and music. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - a great asset for original research. The University Library also offers a comprehensive training programme that will enable you to make the most of our extensive library resources.
The School of Music also has plenty to offer, including purpose-built practice rooms, extensive rehearsal facilities, studio spaces, a music psychology lab, percussion instruments and plenty of specialist computing facilities.
The centrepiece is the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, which hosts a varied programme of concerts during term time, all free to students. The University and School also have a close partnership with Opera North, as well as hosting the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, and the University of Leeds International Concert Series.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
You'll spend your first year developing your academic writing skills and studying texts from across poetry, drama or prose in English. In Music, you'll choose from optional modules covering the role of music in history and culture, composition, theory, research skills, performance or the sciences of music.
Once you've established a good knowledge base, you'll deepen your understanding over the next two years. In English, you'll take core modules focusing on literature in your choice of time periods and choose from a wide range of optional modules, from medieval Scandinavian literature to creative writing and post-Apartheid narratives.
At the same time, you'll choose from modules covering topics like editing and source studies, aesthetics or music psychology, or you can choose to focus on composition or performance. Our world-leading research staff offer specialist topics in Music in Context modules, or you can experiment with Music in Practice.
You'll complete a dissertation in your final year, to demonstrate the research, critical and analytical skills you've developed.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in English and (minimum) B in Music, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
A degree in English and Music equips you with a diverse range of skills that are valued by employers.
As well as your subject-specific knowledge and performance and composition abilities, you'll have strong research, critical and analytical skills, and you'll be able to work independently or in a team. You'll also have the organisation and time management skills that go with handling two different subjects.
Graduates have gone into careers both within and outside of music and the arts. They've gone into areas like performance, composition, journalism, advertising and marketing, publishing, education and law. Many others have gone onto postgraduate study or further training.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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