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Music Masters (MA)

Course Description

The MA in Music provides rigorous and focused preparation for those intending to proceed to doctoral research (and conforms fully with the training requirements of the Arts and Humanities Research Council). It also offers a stimulating and exciting experience for those still wondering whether or not to embark on a PhD, and for those simply wishing to take the course as an end in itself. The MA in Music offers the following pathways:

• Music and Geography
• Music on Stage and Screen
• Early Music
• Music Theory and Analysis

This course has been radically restructured in the past two years to offer a flexible, contemporary and intensive course of study. It is designed to provide thorough preparation for those progressing to further research, and to meet the intellectual and vocational needs of students pursuing Masters study as an end in itself.

Formal tuition is supplemented by a range of other provision offered by the Department of Music and the University. Fortnightly music colloquia form the cornerstone of the Department’s research culture, presenting a programme of internationally renowned guest speakers.

The Department hosts an annual Postgraduate Day, giving postgraduate students an opportunity to deliver papers on their research, and there is a schedule of more informal events organised by students (including a reading group and a forum, one-off study days and conferences, and performance and composition activities). Students also enjoy the facilities provided in a dedicated postgraduate room.

Visit the Music Masters (MA) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mark Clayden

825.jpg Upon arrival, I found everyone to be extremely friendly, welcoming, and showing a genuine interest. The music postgraduate community is a lively one, running its own monthly research seminars and weekly reading groups – giving the chance to hear other students’ work and views. Opportunities for practical music-making are extremely varied, including our own postgraduate choir. Unusually, Nottingham also has its own music postgraduate room – a resource I have found invaluable in terms of feeling part of the wider postgraduate group. All of these elements combine to remove the danger of feeling isolated in your work, which might often be the case in other establishments.

Staff have always been supportive, and their expert knowledge has been invaluable in helping me develop my own critical approach to a much higher level – something that I am sure will continue as I start my first year as a research student.


Entry Requirements

Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) in music or a related subject. Applicants with degrees in other subjects other than music must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude. IELTS 7.0 (no less than 60 in any element)

Last Updated

10 November 2016

Course Fees

Please see University website for details

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