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The MA Music is a taught postgraduate course for musicians interested in developing their music practice and increasing their profile as a professional artist.

The MA Music tests ways of taking existing practice in different directions and then carrying out projects in which this work is presented to the public. The course is a space to try out bold, new ideas and an opportunity to gain the real-world skills required by professional musicians.

Students on the course build a portfolio of music whilst developing skills of great use to a professional musician including project management, managing and archiving public events, self-promotion, and managing people and budgets. Creative work can be presented as part of Winter Sound, Future Sound and other events run by the music staff and students of UCLan but support is also given in seeking other opportunities to present music to a wider audience and in developing an online presence. The course is taught by professional artists who are established leaders in their own field. The University has established good links with theatres and arts organisations across the North West including the New Continental in Preston, the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, hÅb in Manchester, the Blue Coat Gallery in Liverpool, and LANWest as well as other arts venues in the region. The School has in the past hosted a number of visiting artists and companies of national and international standing.


All practical classes are delivered in the Media Factory which houses three fully equipped theatres as well as sound recording studios, film and photography studios and a range of music rehearsal rooms and seminar spaces. This building, as with the nearby university library, is available for use by students 24/7. Public events may also take place in St. Peters, a former church turned performance space, and the university’s PR1 Gallery. Lectures and seminars take place in purpose built suites which are equipped with digital projection facilities.

To facilitate access to the degree, students can opt to study in modes which are appropriate to their personal circumstance. Students may study three modules resulting in the award of PG Certificate, six modules with the award of PG Diploma or nine modules with the award of Master’s Degree. Each award can be studied in full or part-time modes. Study may be staged with students achieving the PG Cert or PG Dip and taking a study break before continuing with a higher award.

Full time study of PG Cert in Music will occur in Semesters 1 & 2; full-time study of PG Dip in Music will occur across Semesters 1, 2 and 3; full-time study of MA in Music will occur across Semesters 1, 2 and 3. Part-time study can be negotiated for each of the awards.

Assessment is continuous throughout and is based on a number of submissions including a music portfolio, public exhibitions/performances/installations, a seminar presentation and/or conference paper, and written essay work.


The course supports students in obtaining public presentation opportunities to present their musical output. This has in the past led to performances and exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally.

Students can progress beyond the MA Music onto the DA in Creative Arts (equivalent to a PhD).

Visit the Music - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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