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Our MA provides a broad range of personalised learning experiences underpinned by professionally relevant research, knowledge exchange and enterprise that is strongly aligned to:

  • Songwriting 
  • Production 
  • Music industries

Upon successful completion of the MA, amongst other valuable skills and experience, you will have:

  • Developed a wide range of advanced skills on a professional level 
  • Used the structures of the course to support professional development planning and career building 
  • Built extensive, detailed knowledge and understanding of a number of music specialisms 
  • Be able to work independently, demonstrate initiative, self-organisation and time-management, progressing through the degree course to become an independent learner at the forefront of professional practice

Placement Opportunities

There will be an opportunity for you to engage in live community music projects – a growing employment sector within the music industries – and other live events. Our existing music MA courses already have a significant track record in accessing live, high profile projects for students and graduates, some examples of which are below:

  • Digital Commonwealth 2014 
  • Pits, Ponies, People & Stories research project 
  • The Falkirk Music Pot via Creative Scotland

Course Details

There are four options on our MA course:

  • MA Music
  • MA Music (Songwriting)
  • MA Music (Sound Production)
  • MA Music (Industries)


The four options on our MA course are:

MA Music (Songwriting) is for students interested in the practice of songwriting and composition, with a focus on practice-based / inquiry-based research, collaboration and the cultural contexts within which songwriters work. You will work towards the release of an album or equivalent professionally focused output.

MA Music (Sound Production) is for students with an interest in the technical aspects of music production. Working in our professional-quality studios, you will develop skills and competencies intended for work in environments including:

  • Studios 
  • Production houses 
  • Live music venues 
  • New media enterprises

MA Music (Industries) is for students with an interest in the businesses, processes and developments that underpin work within the music industries as well as the creative and cultural industries more broadly.

MA Music is our bespoke degree and for those that have a broad interest in the creative, technical and industrial elements of music. You will be able to design your own flexible and personalised curriculum, drawing from modules across the three specialised fields of: 

  • Songwriting 
  • Sound production
  • Industries

Teaching & Assessment

Our MA Music course is delivered across a range of methods. Some of these methods include: 

  • Intensive workshops 
  • Classroom and studio delivery 
  • Online delivery
  • Range of self-directed professional briefs

You will reflect on your learning using a combination of tutor and peer feedback.

Visit the Music (Songwriting/Sound Production/Industries) - MA page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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