Creative artists make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the creative economy, particularly in rural communities.
The MA Music and the Environment provides a foundation for musicians to develop new paths for creative, entrepreneurial and environmentally responsible endeavours. In addition, the course equips musicians to work within their own community, establishing effective and successful contributions to their local economy.
The course focuses on the three distinct but interrelated themes of music performance and creation; the cultural and historical context; and the creative economy and sustainability. Activities during the course encourage and demand the skills of observation, investigation, experimentation, reflection, creation, innovation and design.
• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Opportunity to work in one of the richest natural and cultural environments in the world with leading musicians and experts in the heritage and historical context
• Chance to work on real-life work scenarios to develop new works, performances and enterprises in local settings across the Highlands and Islands
• You will gain key skills and expertise to form complex and compelling artistic works, with a clear understanding of relevant environmental factors
• You will also acquire skills to create sustainable enterprises and make a contribution to the creative economy and network of other artists in the UK and Europe
Core modules include: Music and the Environment: Space, Place and People; Sustainable Creative Endeavour in Contemporary Society
Plus one option module from a range of music and humanities modules
Core module is: Music Creation and Collaboration
Plus one option module which may include: Research and Music Production; Making Music Matter
To achieve the award of MA you must also complete a final project or dissertation
BA (Hons) Applied Music
BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music
BA (Hons) Music Business
BA (Hons) Popular Music
This course is available at:
Argyll College UHI, West Bay, Dunoon, PA23 7HP
Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA
Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ
North Highland College UHI, Ormlie Road, Thurso, KW14 7EE
Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX
Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick, ZE1 0PX
West Highland College UHI, Carmichael Way, Fort William, PH33 6FF
You will study through a combination of video-conference lectures, online through the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and face-to face through attendance at residentials.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
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Top reasons to study at UHI
Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep
How to apply
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If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international
English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands
are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements
Relevant Honours degree. Professional musicians, composers, and creative entrepreneurs with relevant work experience are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits) Online: Scottish/EU £520; Rest of UK £650; International £852. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation