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MA Traditional and World Music Studies (distance learning)

Online University of Sheffield    Department of Music

Part time September MA 2 years part time

About the course

This course is intended for musicians, educators and other enthusiasts who want to know more about traditional and world music and about ways of studying and understanding music in its social and cultural context.

Course description

This course will run in 2023. Applications open in September 2022.

World music studies encompasses the study of any and all musical activity in the world: Western as well as ‘exotic’, popular as well as classical, amateur as well as professional.

The course allows you to specialise in an area of your choice, while providing the opportunity to study musical phenomena from a global perspective.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree. If your undergraduate degree is not in music, you’ll need to provide evidence of substantial engagement with music.

We also recognise the value of experience, and may accept applications from people who have been in practice, or who bring other experience to their studies.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Other English language qualifications we accept

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


Home (2022 annual fee) : £4,650 each year
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £4,650 each year

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Student Profile(s)

Joy Edenfield

Since completing my MA I have had the opportunity to make great strides professionally. I have presented my dissertation at conferences in Athens, Madrid, Lisbon and Florence, and assisted other international school teachers in setting up alternative percussion ensembles in their schools. The course helped me define a new direction in my teaching career and I am so thankful for that opportunity.


The Julian Payne Scholarship is a tuition fee scholarship of £3000 available for Masters students commencing their studies in in 2022/23 in the Department of Music. The Julian Payne scholarship is based on your academic achievement.

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Full-time, part-time, distance-learning, UK, EU and international Master of Arts (MA) students within the Department of Music.

Please note that the Julian Payne award cannot be combined with another award received from the University of Sheffield. Applicants who have been successful for multiple awards will be asked to choose which award they’ll accept.

Application Procedure

Please note that you can only apply for this scholarship if you have submitted an application for your chosen Masters programme (

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Up to two postgraduate scholarships will also be awarded, including at least one to an eligible UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidate. In order to be eligible, a student must meet the criteria, and must be accepted on to one of the Department of Music’s postgraduate taught programmes: MA in Composition; MA in Musicology; MA in Music Management; MA in Music Performance Studies; MA in Psychology of Music; MA in Traditional and World Music (Distance Learning); and MA in Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing (Distance Learning). Each successful applicant will receive £10,000; they can then choose to put the scholarship amount towards fees or living expenses.

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The Department of Music at the University of Sheffield is delighted to announce the establishment of the Mary Lill Scholarships for students entering in academic year 2021-22. These scholarships are funded through the generous bequest of Mary Lill, an alumna of the university (1953-1957) who retained a life-long love of music. They are intended to support aspiring music students who meet widening participation criteria, including those who come from low-participation backgrounds. Through these scholarships, the Department aims to further enhance the diversity of our own student body, but also the next generation of performers, educators, scholars, and music industry professionals.

Application Procedure

These scholarships will be administered through the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships system.

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