Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
During your years of study you will take compulsory language modules depending on your language proficiency (Beginner or post A-Level - please note that beginners German is not available with Music). You will then choose amongst a wide range of optional modules depending on the number of credits you are taking in the language.
You can find out more about the available modules dependent on your credit weighting for your chosen language(s) via the My Choices website. The modules listed may occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
During your years of study you will take compulsory modules depending on your language proficiency (Beginner or post A-Level). Depending upon the number of languages you are taking, you will choose amongst a wide range of optional modules to make up your remaining credits.
The range of modules available to you does depend on your chosen languages and the combinations you choose to study. Explore our My Choices app to discover more about the modules available to you within each language section.
Year Abroad: The degree programme is four years in length, and you will spend your third year abroad studying, teaching or working before returning to Birmingham for your final year. Depending upon your chosen language(s), you may also have the opportunity to participate in a subsidised one-week escorted European Cultural Tour to the country of your target language, or a subsidised trip to St Petersburg for an intensive four-week language programme for beginners in Russian.
First year: Your compulsory modules will develop your knowledge and skills in 'Music History and Analysis' and 'Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint'. You have the choice to take an optional unassessed Instrumental or Vocal Performance module and in some options, it may be possible to take the Paper and/or Studio Composition modules. You will also have an opportunity to participate in ensemble performances.
Second year: You will choose either 'Critical Musicology' or 'Analysis' as a compulsory module (If you take 80 credits in Music you will take both modules as compulsory). In addition, you have a wide choice of optional modules, ranging from aspects of western art music, through to modules such as Sound Recording, Arts Management in Practice, Music Therapy and Conducting. You may also continue to study Individual Performance (including fully funded instrumental lessons), and/or Composition, if prerequisites are fulfilled.
Final year: As a final-year student you are required to take an independent study module in Music or in the other subject. You can choose one of the three main disciplines: musicology, composition, or performance (prerequisites apply). If you are taking 80 credits in Music, you can also put a particular stress on one of these three subjects, choosing it as a Special Subject module.
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.
Please note that if you decide to take two Modern Languages alongside Music, your degree will be split as 40-40-40 for the full duration of your programme, one third in each subject area.