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  MA/PGDip Music

Leeds Conservatoire    Postgraduate Courses

Full time September MA, PGDip Full-time: 12 months
Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Are you a passionate musician looking to take your skills to the next level? The MA/PGDip Music programme at Leeds Conservatoire offers a collaborative and dynamic postgraduate study experience. With world-class tutors representing a wide range of genres, you'll receive bespoke guidance tailored to your musical goals. The flexible curriculum allows you to specialize in different creative areas each trimester. Gain a deep understanding of the social impact of music making and develop independent thought. With a diverse international community and opportunities to meet industry professionals, you'll be prepared for a successful career as a musician. Entry requirements include a good honours degree or professional experience equivalent.

About the course

Postgraduate study at Leeds Conservatoire offers you the opportunity to collaborate with leading composers, performers and producers as you develop your skills as a professional-level musician.

A collaborative curriculum

As part of an international and eclectic community, you will engage in one-to-one tutorials with a specialist tutor, and take part in lectures, workshops and seminars designed to help you explore methodologies for producing high quality material, and increase your critical awareness of how your work is received.

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in any subject, with an upper 2nd (2:1) classification or equivalent


Professional experience equivalent to a good honours degree (see our APEL process)
All suitable applicants are invited for interview and/or audition
All international students must have a British Council English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0

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Where will I study?

Where is Leeds Conservatoire


Student Profiles

Art Banymandhub

*The MA Music course at Leeds Conservatoire has previously been known as MMus at Leeds College of Music, as referenced in these case studies.*

Art Banymandhub is an electric bassist and double bassist born in Mauritius.

As well as working as a session musician, he is a composer, arranger, and writer of instrumental music. His music aims to combine image and audio in order to immerse listeners with multi-sensory experiences.

"I wanted to push myself into developing my creative thinking and career prospects in my projects in order to define myself as an artist and musician. The MMus programme offered me a structured and supportive environment to explore and challenge different avenues, comparing these to my practice using thought processes I may not have encountered on my own.

So far on the course, I have learned to be fully explorative of my work, embracing opportunities that can occur even if they are completely different to what I think they are. This has developed not only my appreciation for all styles but my understanding of how to incorporate diversity within my own genre.

After this programme, I want to continue to strive to be a self-sufficient composer and performer, utilizing my education background to create school workshops and adult opportunities to explore musical creation.
I will be starting my company with a co-partner that I met whilst on the course and we will be aiming to launch ourselves in the summer of this year.

The programme has developed me as an artist in many ways. Firstly, I have come to refine my image and identify myself as a composer of instrumental works, something I was unsure about before. This has enabled me to use this identity to plan my future with a vision in mind. Refining my session work, I have explored unconventional techniques in order to see what flavours and colours can be added to songs and the recording process, playing for the song at all times.

I also developed my musical relationship with technology, using critical reflection and peer support to challenge my understanding of the wider technologies to explore the bass guitar as a solo instrument. Having started this process, I am happy to continue learning and building upon this use of technology, understanding that this is a constant learning curve in an ever-developing industry."

Agne Bergelyte

*The MA Music course at Leeds Conservatoire has previously been known as MMus at Leeds College of Music, as referenced in these case studies.*

"I have been a classically trained violinist since I was 6 and started playing piano since I was 12-years-old. After I graduated Klaipėda Stasys Šimkus Conservatoire in Lithuania I moved to Liverpool in order to expand myself on a popular/creative side instead, as I always wanted to pursue a songwriting and performing career.

Since moving to the UK I played in a few bands while studying a BA Music/Popular Music course at the University of Liverpool, finally settling on a solo project Agita Cor after graduating in 2013. During the 4 year gap before starting my life at LCoM I have released a mini-album Behind The Light, performed in various venues in Liverpool and appeared on local television Made in Liverpool TV.

However, I felt a need for change since I was still finding myself as a musician and needed more professional help to improve, which is the reason I have chosen to go for a Masters degree. LCoM seemed to have the perfect course for me as it encourages you to develop your own unique sound and offers help whenever needed.

The programme has helped me develop in many ways! It helped me think about my work from various different perspectives, I feel like I have improved as a vocalist, and mostly, as a performer. Performing always used to be my downfall as I have always had stage fright. However, after enrolling to this course it has changed drastically; half a year ago I would not have thought that I would perform as I did a couple of months ago!

I was able to take part in a few bands as a backing vocalist which let me observe and learn from other artists in regards to managing a band, which I have never done before completely on my own.That was rewarding regarding my individual improvement of working with bands in the future, however, I must say the most interesting and new project for me was interpreting a graphic score. Before I got around to doing it I thought it would be a great challenge; however, it ended up flowing out really easily, which made me consider taking part in similar projects in the future. You just never know!"

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