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Our postgraduate degree in music stands apart from similar courses due to the breadth of musical genres that they will expose you to. From rock and pop, to classical, jazz, electronic and other world styles, each genre is given equal precedence, and you will have a great opportunity to learn from each tradition.

During your time with us, you will also have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with other students and you will learn from academics who are all practicing professional musicians at national and international levels.

On this exciting and challenging music course, you will have the opportunity to follow one of four specialist pathways:

  • Composition (C)
  • Performance (P)
  • Interactive Music and Advanced Studio Production (IMASP).

If you are keen to broaden your musical knowledge, you can also combine your specialist pathway with other pathways.

You will:

  • Learn from professional practitioners at all stages of your study
  • Have the opportunity to compete for a variety of prizes including the Kirklees Composition Competition
  • Gain a breadth of professional musical experience

This course is for you if:

  • you are a musician and/or musicologist wishing to further develop your skills and expertise to an enhanced professional level.
  • you already have a good honours degree in music or a related subject, or evidence of industry/professional practice experience.

Course Details

This course begins with a shared 30-credit plenary module, you would then take another module dependent upon your specialist pathway. Semester two allows you to choose one 30-credit option outside of your chosen pathway alongside another 30-credit module from your specialist pathway. During semester three, you will work on a single 60-credit module; your Negotiated Final Project.

Visit the website for further information on modules.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is delivered by way of lectures, seminars, masterclasses, supervision tutorials/instrumental lessons.

The course is assessed through:

  • Examination
  • Coursework folio

School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.


After completing the MA in Music people will find their professional skills to be considerably enhanced. We have found that this has enhanced career prospects in music education (teachers/lecturers), arts administration and as freelance performers and composers.

There are also postgraduate research options in composition, performance, technology and musicology.

We have direct links with professional institutions such the BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain as well as the 'Sounds from the Other City' festival. We have a good working relationship with many venues in the local area including Islington Mill.

Visit the Music - MA page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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