The course (Standard Track) allows students to specialise in music after 1900. Typically students this area will be approached through a combination of different angles, such as historical musicology, analysis, performance and composition.
This will be aided by a broader look at techniques, methodologies and approaches (through the core module in either Composition or Musicology).
The programme is divided into two parts: two semesters of taught study (Part 1, 120 credits) and a substantial independent piece of work in the main area, produced over the summer (Part 2, 60 credits).
Part 1 is centred on the Principal Subject module (WMM4044, 40 credits) in 20th-/21st-Century Music. It lays the foundations of a Part 2 project in the same area.
WMP4052: Preparing for the Part 2 project (10 credits) acts as a bridge between Parts 1 and 2.
An additional 40 credits will be gained through submissions in other fields through either one Major Open Submission (WXM4046, 40 credits) or two Minor Open Submissions (WMP4047 and WMP4048, 20 credits each). Students can select from a number of subject areas related to music after 1900, including:
Historical Musicology Editorial Musicology Ethnomusicology Music in Wales Music and the Christian Church Composition Electroacoustic Composition / Sonic Arts Composing Film Music Studying Film Music Solo Performance Performance / Composition with Live Electronics Sacred Music Studies Analysis Arts Administration Music Studio Techniques Popular Music Studies Course Structure Part 1 (Diploma):
In addition to the Principal Subject, in which the student specialises; up to three additional subjects (with a focus on music after 1900) can be studied.
(Total of 120 credits)
Part 2 (MA):
Normally consists of a dissertation or critical edition.
Principal Subject: 20th-/21st-Century Music (40 Credits). Compulsory Core Module: Current Musicology (30 credits) Open submission: to be chosen from the optional modules (40 credits) Preparing for the Part Two Project (10 credits) (Total of 120 credits)
Principal Subject: 20th-/21st-Century Music (60 Credits) Compulsory Core Module: either Current Musicology (for musicologists) or Concepts of Composition (for composers) (30 credits) Independent Special Study (must be in the same area as the Principal Subject) (20 credits) Preparing for the Part Two Project (10 credits) (Total of 120 credits)
Open Submissions (40 or 20 credits) are chosen from the following areas (with emphasis on music after 1900):
Historical Musicology, Editorial Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music in Wales, Music and the Christian Church, Composition, Electroacoustic Composition / Sonic Arts, Composing Film Music, Studying Film Music, Solo Performance, Sacred Music Studies, Analysis, Arts Administration, Music Studio Techniques, Popular Music Studies, ELCOS Language Skills (20 credits, international students only)