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English Literature and Music

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

English Literature and Music

You can study English Literature as a joint honours degree with Music (50% English Literature and 50% Music). Please read the course description for both subjects.

English Literature

This course offers you the opportunity to study a broad range of English Literature in small groups, led by the research experts in the field, in an atmosphere of creative, scholarly enterprise in order to develop skills of critical analysis that are highly valued by employers.


Studying, creating and performing music of all eras in a lively atmosphere of creative activity and scholarly endeavour.

We offer the opportinity to study a variety of music styles from different perspectives.

Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

For English Literature:

For joint degrees you should also look at the entry requirements for your other chosen subject. Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (English Literature / English Language / English preferred but not required)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H6 in English Literature or Language)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM**
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis**
  • Access course with English Literature element: Pass

Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

For Music:

For joint degrees, look at the entry for your other chosen subject. For all Music courses the ability to read staff notation is required. Typical offer is based on a minimum 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (including grade B in Music or in conjunction with alternative qualifications listed below **)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H6 in Music)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Music: DDM
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDM**
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered case by case**
  • Access: Pass**
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
  • Points from grade examinations are taken appropriate,not normally included in the offer.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Reading, Thinking, Writing
  • Music since 1850 (Semester 1)
  • Music 1550 -1850 (Semester 2)

Optional Modules

  • Intro. to Medieval Literature (Semester 1)
  • The Literature of Laughter (Semester 1)
  • The Gothic in Literature/Film (Semester 2)
  • Landmarks in Literature (Semester 2)
  • Children's Fiction (Semester 2)
  • Intro - Harmony & Counterpoint (Semester 1)
  • Sonic Art (Semester 2)
  • Composition Year 1 (Semester 1)
  • Solo Performance Year 1 (Semester 2)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Musicology Year 2 (Semester 2)
  • Notation and Editing (Semester 2)
  • Composition Year 2 (Semester 2)
  • Acousmatic Composition (Semester 2)
  • Solo Performance Year 2 (Semester 2)
  • Community Arts Placement (Semester 2)

Optional Modules

  • Jonson to Johnson (Semester 2)
  • Victorian Literature (Semester 2)
  • Renaissance and Reformation (Semester 1)
  • Modern & Contemporary Writing (Semester 1)
  • The Romantic Period in Britain (Semester 1)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (Semester 2)
  • Beowulf to Malory (Semester 2)
  • Popular Music Analysis (Semester 1)
  • Songwriting (Semester 2)
  • Music Teaching in Context (Semester 1)
  • Genres & Composers A (Semester 1)
  • Genres and Composers B (Semester 2)
  • Ensembles and Groups A (Semester 1)
  • Hanes Cerddoriaeth Cymru B (Semester 1)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Edition (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Composition (project) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Solo Performance Project (Semester 1 + 2)

SPECIAL PROJECTS: Students must choose at least ONE Project, either in Music or in other subject. Students are welcome to choose more than one project: one in each school

Optional Modules

  • Detective Fiction (Semester 1)
  • Jane Austen (Semester 2)
  • Shakespeare and EM Literature (Semester 2)
  • Arthur: legend and super hero (Semester 1)
  • Medieval Women's Literature (Semester 2)
  • The English Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • EM Lit: Sex, Sects and Scandal (Semester 1)
  • Neo-Victorian Fiction (Semester 2)
  • Dystopian Fiction (Semester 1)

Students may not take a dissertation in both English Literature and the other discipline of the Joint Honours program.

  • Popular Music Analysis (Semester 1)
  • Ensembles and Groups B (Semester 1)
  • Songwriting (Semester 2)
  • Acousmatic Composition (Semester 2)
  • Music Teaching in Context (Semester 1)
  • Genres and Composers C (Semester 1)
  • Genres and Composers D (Semester 2)
  • Community Arts Placement (Semester 2)
  • Hanes Cerddoriaeth Cymru B (Semester 1)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information please visit our website


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Joint Hons) degree.

Career opportunities

A degree from the School of English Literature provides our students with excellent transferrable skills valued by employers in a range of sectors. Our graduates have gone on to work in: teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism and the media, the law, social work, business, politics, accountancy, the performing arts, civil service, the police, human resources, and academia. Our degree will teach you the skills of critical analysis, imaginative problem solving, and presentation. Another option is postgraduate study, which offers the opportunity to further deepen your knowledge and expertise. There are great opportunities for this at Bangor.

In a recent Salaries and Vacancies Survey the Association of Graduate Recruiters lisited the top ten skill areas that employers seek right now:

  1. Motivation and enthusiasm
  2. Interpersonal skills
  3. Team working
  4. Oral communication
  5. Flexibility and adaptability
  6. Initiative/productivity
  7. Problem solving
  8. Planning and organisation
  9. Managing own development
  10. Written communication

While many graduates pursue careers in the area of music, these degrees are also good preparation for a wide range of employment in administration, commerce, management, and other professions. Our graduates have become professional performers, composers, university lecturers, researchers, teachers, arts administrators, music therapists, music publishers, librarians, concert managers, community arts officers, stage managers, recording and broadcasting producers, and sound engineers. Many former students have followed these degrees with further musical training, as performers, scholars or composers, and there are opportunities for all these at Bangor.

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LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
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