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MA Traditional and World Music Studies (distance learning)

University of Sheffield Department of Music

Part time August MA 2 years PT

About the course

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.

Course description

  • Distance learning makes this course accessible to students anywhere in the world and to those wishing to study part-time
  • Intensive residential weeks allow students to participate in lectures, practical workshops, individual tutorials and field trips
  • Online support through individual e-tutorials, group discussion forums and online study materials
  • Open to applicants without a first degree in Music who have appropriate musical experience

This distance learning course combines annual residential weeks in Sheffield with longer periods of online-supported learning which means students can study from

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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.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course Content

Where is University of Sheffield


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.


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