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    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    26 September 2019

Do you love music? University of Aberdeen offers a wealth of musical genres, approaches and the practice of your art allows enrichment to your work, whether you compose, perform, teach, or do a combination of all three. The University of Aberdeen has been a creative hub of musicians since the Middle Ages. Music at Aberdeen was introduced by Bishop Elphinstone who founded the university in 1495. Since this time the University has provided the world with a wealth of global musical performers and composers of note, some of whom are in the current classical and other music charts and sought after globally with a packed diary

You can enjoy optional courses that offer you the the latest trends in creative coding in technology, sonic arts, composing with sound, vocalstration and more. You can perform in some stunning locations. There are some great acoustic performance venues, which include the university chapel, the nearby cathedral and you can join the Symphony Orchestra, Choir, String Ensemble, Viol or Recorder Consort, New Music Group, Baroque Ensemble, Concert Band, Big Band, chamber groups and more to either widen your current interests or create new expertise. Some of these groups and composers for the groups perform across Europe and city wide.

If you want to develop your musical interests at Master's level  as a new graduate or returner, or if you want to improve and challenge your musical skills as part of your professional development the MMus Music is an ideal programme of study for you. You are taught by known internationally renowned performers and composers within the music world including Professor Paul Mealor, and you are encouraged to start performing immediately and then start to specialise and find out what you most enjoy. If you are a highly creative individual with lots of talent this programme will ensure you progress and deepen your creative specialism and enjoy and widen your career.

Find out more about music at Aberdeen:

You can study orchestration and composing for choirs, and renaissance music, words and music, contemporary opera. These areas may help you advance your musical career within teaching, performing, advising and working for specific musical productions as a freelancer. Classical areas are also very useful for more contemporary approaches to musical creativity. You may decide to write music for choirs and help them perform your works or you may decide to work internationally within opera companies.  With Words and Music you can study any composers and genres to then go on to work in the West End, a specific niche area of music or as an individual performer.

You develop your skills in composition, musicology and performance with further specialising to allow you to continue to develop research in the department. Career progression includes global musical outlets across the musical creative industries such as freelance performance work, composition, collaborations and more.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Music Research Skills


  • Renaissance Counterpoint
  • Vocalisation
  • Composing with Sound
  • Current Issues in Music Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Aesthetics
  • Creative Coding in Technology
  • A Survey of Sonic Arts: History, Theory and Practice

Semester 2

  • Music Research Seminar Series


  • Words and Music
  • Contemporary European Opera
  • Electroacoustic Composition: the Voice and the Machine
  • Sound Design for New Media
  • Enhanced Practice in Music Teaching and Learning

Semester 3

  • Extended Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You get expert tuition across the musical spectrum from voice to instrumental areas, drawing from well known composers and researchers in their field such s Royal Wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor
  •  You can join a Symphony Orchestra, Choral Society, Chapel Choir, String Ensemble, Viol Consort, Recorder Consort, New Music Group, Baroque Ensemble, Concert Band, Big Band, Chamber Group and many others

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time and Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

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