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University of Cambridge, Full Time Masters Degrees in Creative Arts & Design

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The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies at Cambridge provides advanced training in study of the theory and history of film and other screen media in a vibrant interdisciplinary context. Read more
The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies at Cambridge provides advanced training in study of the theory and history of film and other screen media in a vibrant interdisciplinary context. The moving image is explored in relation to the development of modern and contemporary culture, and to the history and theory of other media (literature, music, the visual arts, architecture, the digital). Students are immersed in a research environment that emphasises work on geopolitics, early cinema, art cinema and the avant garde, theory, aesthetics, and gender and sexuality. The programme consists of a core course, taken in the first term, which provides the foundation for further study; two optional modules, taken in the second term, which combine the analysis of film and screen media with the analysis of their social and cultural milieus, or else undertake the study of these forms in a comparative context; and a dissertation. Although not all students may wish to progress to higher research, this MPhil programme is designed to prepare for continuation to PhD work. This preparation includes the academic and research training provided by the course content itself but also advice and support with PhD applications, funding applications and the drafting of a research proposal.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/mmmmmpsmc

Course detail

By the end of the programme students will have:

1. developed a deeper knowledge of the history and theory of film and other screen media in cultural context;
2. developed an understanding of the debates which have shaped that field of study, and of current research methods;
3. acquired and consolidated intensive specialist knowledge of their chosen research areas and skills appropriate to advanced study in those areas;
4. demonstrated independent judgement, based on their own research
5. participated effectively in seminar discussions and research events;
6. learnt how to plan independent research in order to produce written work of a high standard to a clearly defined deadline.

Format

The Screen Media MPhil is a nine-month course that runs from October to June of any given academic year. It is classified as a research Master's. Students are expected to submit coursework and a thesis during the year, as follows:

Michaelmas Term: Core Course

During the first term of study, students attend weekly seminars and film screenings designed to give them a broad insight into moving image theory and culture. Half of the Core Course focuses on combining the study of classical and contemporary film and visual theory; the other half hones in on specialized historiographic and theoretical problems in the study of moving image media. The Course is, thus, both intensively grounding and intellectually expansive. At the end of this term, students submit one 4,500-word essay. The essay focuses on a specific theoretical framework or critical approach. Two hours of individual supervision are provided.

Lent Term: Modules

Screen Media students can choose from a range of module options. Some focus on the moving image, others are shared with different MPhils (e.g. European Literature & Culture, or Criticism and Culture) and other departments and Faculties within the University, such as Architecture & History of Art, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, English, and Latin American Studies, among others. (The list of modules can change from year to year depending on the availability of academic staff.)

During Lent Term, students attend weekly group seminars led by the module covenor, lasting around 1.5 to 2 hours per week per module. In addition, two hours of individual supervision (per essay) will be provided as students draft their module essays. Essays are submitted at the end of Lent Term.

Lent term modules may include:

- Modern and Contemporary French and Francophone Culture: Articulations of the Real
- Avant Garde and Experimental Cinemas
- The Modern City
- New Commitments: Literature, Cinema and Culture in Italy, 1960 to present
- Urban Cinematics
- Deconstructing Film
- Online Video: Creation, Consumption, Revolution
- Surveillance
- Latin American Film and Visual Arts

Assessment - Easter Term

During this term, students write a thesis. Theses must, according to the criteria laid down by the Board of Graduate Studies, 'represent a contribution to learning'. Theses must be written in English. The arrangements for their preparation are similar to those for the essays. Titles are chosen by students, in consultation with module convenors and/or prospective supervisors, and then have to be approved by the Faculty Degree Committee.

Topics and precise thesis titles must be submitted by a specific deadline in Lent Term. Up to this point the Course Director is the titular supervisor of MPhil students, but once the thesis topics are approved, a specialist supervisor is appointed for each student. Students are entitled to up to four hour-long sessions with their supervisor. (In the event that a thesis is co-supervised, a candidate may expect two hours of individual teaching from each supervisor. Only one supervisor should comment on the full draft of the thesis.)

Research Events

Students are expected to take part in fortnightly research events that take place across the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. Leading scholars in film and screen studies will deliver lectures and also meet with students in master class seminars. Students are asked to compile an (unassessed) dossier of critical responses to these events. Participation in these events allows students to engage intensely but also informally with innovative researchers.

Continuing

For those applying to continue from the MPhil to PhD, the minimum academic standard is a distinction on the MPhil.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

Funding may be available from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Applications to the MPhil are automatically considered for AHRC funding, however you must apply by the relevant funding deadline.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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The MPhil in Music Studies is a 12-month freestanding programme offering advanced training in key areas of musical studies, while at the same time providing a preparation for doctoral research. Read more
The MPhil in Music Studies is a 12-month freestanding programme offering advanced training in key areas of musical studies, while at the same time providing a preparation for doctoral research. Its main aims are to give students with relevant experience at first-degree level:

- critical awareness of issues and trends, informed by current research, across a broad spectrum of music studies
- the opportunity to acquire or develop research skills and expertise relevant to a specified area of music studies
- experience in carrying out focused research under close supervision.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/mumumpmst

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired or further developed:

- knowledge of and the ability to critically evaluate research techniques and methods relevant to a specialist area of music studies
- familiarity with current debates across a broad range of music studies
- a range of research skills relevant to music studies, together with skills appropriate to their specific research interests
- the ability to utilise established techniques of enquiry in the context of original research.

Format

Teaching consists of lectures and/or seminars, together with supervisions, self-directed study and (where relevant) practical instrumental/vocal tuition and composition workshops. Students are also expected to participate in the research culture of the Faculty, in particular by attending its programme of research colloquia.

Written feedback is provided for all assessed work. Oral feedback is provided for seminar and class presentations.

Assessment

- 55% (Standard Project) or 70% (Extended Project). Those taking performance or composition options substitute either a recital or compositions respectively.
- 45% (Standard Project) or 30% (Extended Project).
- Practical assessment for those taking the recital option.

Continuing

Students wishing to continue to the PhD In Music degree must pass the MPhil in Music Studies with at least a high pass of 70%.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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The aim of the course is to train musicians in the art of choral conducting; to instruct them in diverse aspects of the history and practice of choral music… Read more
The aim of the course is to train musicians in the art of choral conducting; to instruct them in diverse aspects of the history and practice of choral music; to provide the technical skills required to work with historic repertoires and, for organists, to develop organ playing skills as both soloist and accompanist; to facilitate research into and performance of new or little-known choral repertoire; and to give students the experience of observing and working with the collegiate Chapel choirs.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/mumummchs

Course detail

Graduates will be fully equipped to work as choral conductors, and have a good understanding of the discipline of choral training, relating both to adult and young voices. They will also have acquired a good knowledge of the way choral music works within the liturgy of the church and other historical and technical issues. Graduates will have developed their writing skills as well as their practical skills. They will also have developed specific skills by completing two of three optional tasks: the writing of an extended essay, the editing of early choral music, or a performance in the form of either an organ recital, or continuo performance on organ and harpsichord, or a choral recital conducted by the candidate.

Format

Regular choral conducting tuition in the form of small classes and workshops/masterclasses with choir; seminars; aural classes.

Written feedback is provided for all assessed work. Oral feedback is provided during and after coaching sessions and seminar presentations.

Placements

May be available with college choirs by agreement with the Course Director.

Assessment

- 2 essays (compulsory) - 3,500 words each
- 1 extended essay (optional) - 7,000 words
or
- editing project (optional) - typically the equivalent of a Renaissance mass, plus commentary and editorial notes of 1,000 words

- 1 choral conducting exam (compulsory) - 30 minutes
- 1 choral project, including recital (compulsory) - 25 minutes
- 1 keyboard exam; continuo or recital (optional) - 30 minutes

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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