The MA provides a flexible programme of advanced training for those who wish to enhance their professional skills and career prospects by taking a prestigious higher degree, and also for those who wish to prepare for doctoral research. A postgraduate degree is the ideal opportunity to explore topics that interest you in greater depth, with the help of world-leading scholars and practitioners in the field supported by excellent resources and facilities.
The formal programme of study (180 credits in total) comprises four 30-credit modules plus a final 60-credit summer project. Pathways are available in musicology, composition, performance and studio production. All students take two core modules, which provide training in an array of generic and subject-specific skills and an introduction to some key debates in the discipline. Electives are available in the Department’s primary research areas of Contemporary Music, Music on Stage and Screen, Ethnomusicology/Cultural Study of Music and Performance and History. Students may also take a module in another department, or a Professional Development Module offered by the Faculty of Arts.
In the summer semester, the focus is on writing a substantial dissertation, creating a composition portfolio, or preparing a professional performance recital.
Formal tuition is supplemented by a range of other provision offered by the department and the University. Fortnightly music colloquia form the cornerstone of the department’s research culture, involving internationally renowned guest speakers. The department hosts an annual Postgraduate Study Day, giving students an opportunity to deliver papers on their research. There is also a schedule of more informal events organised by students and staff including a reading group and a forum, one-off study days and conferences, and a lively schedule of performance and composition activities.
The MA in Music can be completed on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years.