This programme offers a variety of stimulating and contemporary academic pathways with a range of theoretical and practice-based modules.
The MA in Music programme introduces you to the fundamental principles of research in music. It provides a unique and creative approach to musicology, valuing intellectual curiosity and musical diversity.
The Masters designed with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in music, such as journalism, teaching, broadcasting, librarianship, historically informed performance, contemporary composition, and arts administration.
The programme addresses the challenges of an evolving subject. It encompasses many repertoires of music, offering pathways that reference Western art music and popular music, the music of other cultures, sound art, contemporary music and electronic music.
You develop systematic, critical and creative approaches to study and research, exploring musical practice and discourse in historical, social and cultural contexts
You investigate research ideas and methods in contemporary musicology, to develop an independent and original approach to current questions and debates
You explore the complex interrelationships between music and other subjects, between theory and practice, and between performance and structural interpretation
The programme helps you understand and evaluate current trends and traditions, and appreciate how we, like others before us, reflect the time, place and attitudes of the milieu within which we work.
Modules & structure
Each Masters degree is awarded after the accumulation of 180 credits. You take
Core module(s) (30 credits each)
Optional modules (30 credits each)
Dissertation or Major Project (60 credits)
The topic of your dissertation or project relates closely to the programme outcomes of your pathway and its core modules, and is agreed with your pathway leader.
The options provide you with a choice of modules relevant to your chosen pathway. We will offer advice at interview and/or enrolment about your options. Please note that the availability of options may depend upon the department timetable.
investigation and evaluation skills
intellectual skills in music
specific research skills
The programme is designed with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in music, such as: