About This Course
Studying English Literature and Music is a brilliant way to develop your skills and insights in both areas. Half your modules will be in English Literature, and half in Music. You will develop a thorough knowledge of literary texts, theory, history and criticism, and pursue creative studies from a selection of musical performance, composition and musicology modules. Our close links with local theatres, poetry groups and vibrant student societies – including our Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS) and the University Music Society – will give you plenty of opportunities to get involved in arts and culture.
English Literature provides the chance to develop a thorough knowledge of literary texts, theory, history and criticism. You have 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. You will also be able to connect your English and Music studies through the interdisciplinary work in the interaction of words and music both in creative practice and from a historical perspective, as well as exploring the literary aspects of setting texts to music.
As a musician, you will be part of a thriving music and arts community performing and attending music and performances at Powis Hall, John Phillips Theatre and the magnificent Prichard-Jones Hall. You will enjoy unrivalled facilities in our arts and innovation centre, Pontio, which includes a Studio Theatre for performance with technical support from industry professionals. Pontio also features the 450-seat Theatre Bryn Terfel which regularly attracts world-class theatre productions and musical events. You will also benefit from Bangor’s excellent links with leading organisations including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (with whom we have an annual composition workshop), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Sain Records.
Why choose Bangor for this course?
- Music: 6th in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction (NSS 2020).
- English: 1st in the UK for research intensity (Complete University Guide 2021).
- Flexible degree structure to tailor the course to your interests and strengths.
- Close links with Pontio Arts Centre, local theatres, poetry groups and student societies – including the Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS).
- A dynamic music-making community: choirs, orchestras, bands, student ensembles and the Bangor University Music Society.
Additional Course Options
This course is available with a Placement Year option where you will study for 1 additional year. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year.
The Placement Year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
You will have the opportunity to fully consider this option when you have started your course at Bangor and can make an application for a transfer onto this pathway at the appropriate time. Read more about the work experience opportunities that may be available to you or, if you have any questions, please get in touch.
This course is available with an International Experience Year option where you will study or work abroad for 1 additional year. You will have ‘with International Experience’ added to your degree title on graduating.
Studying abroad is a great opportunity to see a different way of life, learn about new cultures and broaden your horizons. With international experience of this kind, you’ll really improve your career prospects. There are a wide variety of destinations and partner universities to choose from. If you plan to study in a country where English is not spoken natively, there may be language courses available for you at Bangor and in your host university to improve your language skills.
You will have the opportunity to fully consider this option at any time during your degree at Bangor and make your application. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch.
Read more about the International Experience Year programme and see the studying or working abroad options on the Student Exchanges section of our website.
Your English Literature and Music degree programme at Bangor is flexible: you will shape your degree course to reflect your interests and strengths. Our courses have been devised and are delivered by staff committed to helping you develop your subject-specific knowledge, whilst giving you the freedom to discover and explore your own interests. In both subject areas you will be taught by internationally-renowned researchers and practitioners.
You will be offered the chance to study a broad range of English Literature – encompassing a variety of genres and periods – introducing you to a wide range of cultures and intellectual traditions. In Music, you will begin your studies in a genuinely all-embracing way, engaging with musical theory and practice from modal polyphony to electroacoustic composition. You will use this broad framework as a launch pad for developing your own expertise in one of several fields of musicology, performance or composition. This can include 20th-century music, classical performance, music and text, editing, music in health and well-being, and all styles of composition.
Students benefit from small seminar groups, one-to-one tutorials, workshops and lectures. You will spend time on background reading and listening to music, engaging with creative and critical work, preparing for seminars, completing essays and coursework. You will also spend time rehearsing and performing in ensembles, choirs and orchestras, and working with fellow students to develop and express ideas. In Music, you have the option of choosing Solo Performance, taught through an innovative combination of individual tuition, workshops and masterclasses. Several modules involve visits to theatres, concerts, recording studios and composition workshops, or the opportunity to meet and interview, visiting authors.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the English Literature and Music BA (Hons) Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
- Two dedicated Music buildings.
- Two professional standard concert halls.
- Rehearsal spaces.
- Practice-room suites with 24-hour access.
- Instruments including a full-size organ, chamber organ, harpsichords and grand pianos.
- Four state-of-the-art electroacoustic composition and recording studios, with 24-hour access.
- Access to performance and rehearsal spaces in the magnificent Pontio Arts Centre.
General University Facilities
Library and Archive Services
Our four libraries provide a range of attractive study environments including collaborative work areas, meeting rooms and silent study spaces.
We have an extensive collection of books and journals and many of the journals are available online in full-text format.
We house one of the largest university-based archives not only in Wales, but also the UK. Allied to the Archives is the Special Collections of rare printed books.
There is a range of learning resources available, supported by experienced staff, to help you in your studies.
The University’s IT Services provides computing, media and reprographics facilities and services including:
- Over 1,150 computers for students, with some PC rooms open 24 hours a day
- Blackboard, a commercial Virtual Learning Environment, that makes learning materials available on-line.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international, and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For all our Music courses the ability to read staff notation is required.
Offers are tariff based, 96 - 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (including grade B in Music*. English Literature/English Language/English preferred but not required). General Studies and Key Skills not normally accepted.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H5 in Music and H5 in English Literature/Language)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Music: MMM - DDM (including a unit demonstrating the ability to read staff notation or see**)
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma**: MMM - DDM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: Case by case**
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
- Points from grade examinations are taken into consideration where appropriate, although are 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), details here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
**Can be considered in conjunction with grade B in A level Music; or merit in the ABRSM/Trinity/LCM/Rockschool Grade 5 Theory/Grade 7 Practical; or IB Higher in Music.
Please note: Music applicants may be asked to attend an interview, and offered an optional audition, should you meet the other entry requirements.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy, we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Employment prospects are excellent, with a wide range of career options available. Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles, including music performance, work in media and recording companies, journalism, creative writing and publishing and composition. Many graduates choose to become teachers at all educational levels. Others take up administrative posts with orchestras, theatre companies, opera houses or arts centres, or pursue further training in social work, police work, immigration work, local government, banking and accountancy
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.
A ‘with Foundation Year’ option is available for this course. Apply for English Language and English Literature (with Foundation Year) or Music (with Foundation Year).
What is a Foundation Year course?
If you don’t have the required qualifications for the degree-level course or are looking to re-enter education after time away from study, then a Foundation Year Programme might be the right choice for you.
The Foundation Year is an excellent introduction to studying this subject at university and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to go on to study this course at degree-level.
When you have successfully completed the Foundation Year, you can progress on to the first year of this degree-level course.