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Course content

This fascinating introduction to the methods and materials used for music research will suit professionals working in a wide range of music-related settings, and is also applicable if you have a leisure interest in music. Your studies will be firmly based in the digital humanities – using creative technologies to develop your research skills and critically analyse different musical sources. You will encounter a number of musical topics, themes and repertoires from different periods and styles, as you engage with Western, non-Western and popular music.

Key features of the course

•Introduces essential music research skills
•Explores a range of sources including text, music criticism and performance
•Investigates different musical styles and genres from across the world
•Concludes with a dissertation on a subject of your choice

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England. For more information, see our fees and funding page.

Modules

You must study the modules in the order shown below.

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules

• MA Music part 1 (A873)
• MA Music part 2 (A874)

The MA in Music is taught and assessed entirely online. To get a flavour of studying the MA in Music, try up to 16 hours of free sample material on OpenLearn, our free learning site.

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our credit transfer website.

Visit the MA in Music page on the Open University website for more details!

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