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Summary

The MMus in Creative Musicianship at Ulster University is a series of linked postgraduate awards offered both full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years). With a particular emphasis on a practice-based study the programme has been designed to appeal to musicians from a variety of backgrounds and genres, interesting in pursuing one of three named pathways:

  • Performance Studies (classical, Irish traditional, jazz, rock or popular styles)
  • Composition and Creative Audio (including the combination of acoustic and electronic sources, film music, interactive and mixed media)
  • Music and Communities (including disability arts and traditional music communities)

Taught by a dedicated course team of leading professional musical practitioners and researchers and with further guidance from industry experts, the programme will enable you to refine your skills as a musician, while giving you the confidence to apply critical and practical approaches to the creation and performance of music across a range of creative environments.

About

The MMus in Creative Musicianship is a flexible postgraduate programme which aims to produce informed, skilled and insightful musical practitioners across a wide range of musical genres working in three practice-based fields: Performance, Composition & Creative Audio or Music and Communities. Whether opting to spend a short, focused period of study honing your musicianship skills as part of a PGCert or expanding your studies into a PGDip or Masters, this is the ideal programme for those who wish to develop, refine or refresh their professional expertise for work in the creative industries while also providing the perfect springboard for further postgraduate and/or PhD study.

Over the first two semesters, two complementary Specialism modules (20 credits each) familiarise students with the most important recent developments in their specialist pathway, training them in essential technical, research and communication skills while providing them with opportunities to put their expertise to practical use. The Practice module is devoted entirely to developing the individual's creative practice in their chosen field affording opportunities for one on one tuition. Meanwhile, the Seminar module provides a platform for contextual, aesthetic and theoretical study in their chosen discipline via group tutorial work and practice-based workshops.

In addition, the 20 credit Research Project allows students to pursue a self-directed topic of their choice, usually related to their chosen specialist, under the supervision of a single member of staff and/or undertake work outside of the University as part of an established work placement.

For those continuing their study to MMus level, the third semester Final Project (60 credits) allows the student to undertake a sustained period of self-directed, practice-based work related to their chosen specialism.

Work placement / study abroad

Work placements are available as an option within Research Project

Career options

  • Professional work in the creative industries
  • Further academic or practical study
  • Community-based education and/or creative work
  • Technical positions in the music industry
  • Teaching work

Visit the Creative Musicianship - MMus page on the Ulster University website for more details!

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