This Joint Honours course combines the practical and theoretical study of Music with the study of English literature. Studying Music at Royal Holloway allows you to tailor your studies to your own interests and passions. We have expertise spanning traditional, modern and world music. Through studying musical texts, practices, cultures and institutions you will explore issues in history, sociology, ethnology, and philosophy covering an exceptional geographical and chronological range. You will also be able to gain practical skills in composition, music technology and performance. You will join a music department that is among the very best in the country, ranked third in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship. You will have access to well-equipped studios and recording facilities as well as incredible performance spaces including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel. Our well connected department means you have the opportunity to make valuable music industry contacts. Our staff are connected with musical networks such Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House. From Beowulf to the Booker Prize, English offers you the opportunity to study the full historical range of literature in English as well as the latest developments in the field, and even to pursue your own creative writing. You can discover the earliest works in English, deepen your knowledge of Shakespeare, find out what is great about Renaissance literature, darken your view of the 18th century, and unpack the Victorians. The course's structure allows you to develop a sound understanding of key periods, genres, authors, and ideas as well as choosing from a huge range of options. You can study Modernism, Postmodernism and American literature, explore literary criticism, develop your own creative writing, and analyse the latest developments in global literatures in English. You will gain a solid knowledge of the whole range of English literature from its beginnings to its latest developments, ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Salman Rushdie. Study unusual, non-traditional subjects such as the body in the 18th century or time in modern literature or courses incorporating visual arts and cinema. A joint degree allows you to study in depth two complementary subjects that you really love but without double the amount of work. Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a wider range of skills and your employability, as a joint honours graduate, will be boosted – according to graduate destination surveys. Join a Music department known for leading the country in research, for its range of choice, and creative collaborations with other departments. Through the course you'll work in the unique studios and performing spaces at Royal Holloway and have the chance to make invaluable industry contacts – our staff are connected with musical networks like Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House. You'll study in a department known for its commitment to working with different communities (including communities at risk), NGOs, governments and social initiatives in and beyond the UK. So, as well as performing and composing, you'll learn about issues which shape music, like politics, urban development, gender and globalisation. With our English department, you'll learn alongside staff who are practising writers, novelists and poets, and you'll come away thinking more clearly and thoroughly – and with more curiosity. We'll give you the chance to explore the earliest works in English literature, the latest developments and even pursue your own creative writing. At the end of your studies, you'll have the chance to work on a dissertation on any subject you want. You'll also have access to 11 Bedford Square, Royal Holloway’s campus in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury, a hub for creative work.