Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QW33
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Literature Music

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 8480
Email english@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/english/ugc

School of English

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Course description

As a dual honours student you'll take half your modules in the School of English and half in the School of Music. The many optional modules mean you can design your degree around your individual interests.

The dual or combined degree in English and Music encourages you to continue to pursue your creative and critical passions across the arts. The English provision includes study of theatre, film, novels, poetry, as well as politics and philosophy, and offers you the chance to develop your creative writing or to develop a theatre practitioner.

The close reading of form, the contextual history of developments in style, and attention to the use and reception of literary, cinematic and musical works, are shared endeavours across these complementary subjects.

Both English and Music facilitate the study of art forms from the Middle Ages to the present day, and our combined honours students develop their aesthetic sensibilities, as much as their clarity of expression in written work.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language* and Music (or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit)
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB+ B typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language* and Music . The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject. Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement required
International Baccalaureate 33, typically including 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language & Literature and Music (or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit)
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject + an appropriate Music qualification
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature* and Music (or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit)
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AABBB + AB in Music (or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit)and typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AB and typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature* and Music (or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit)
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *Applicants not presenting English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film or media) can be demonstrated
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 86%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 12%
Coursework 73%
Practical 15%

School of English

Jessop West

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

School of English website

Department of Music

The Soundhouse

- Top 10 for research excellence in music in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
- More than 100 concerts every year
- A wealth of extra-curricular opportunities

Our departmental ethos combines high achievement with a sense of community and a shared passion for music. Our internationally recognised research informs our high quality teaching and our student experience is second to none. We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music.

Department of Music website


What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile


"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke
English


"There is scope with the modules to focus on music performance, composition, history and technology. The practice rooms and equipment are fantastic."

Simon Stewart
Music

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