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Masters degrees in Sacred Music offer advanced study of the use of music in worship, ritual and tradition. Some courses may offer practice-based learning, whereby students learn, compose and perform Sacred Music.
Courses range from taught MA and MMus (Master of Music) degrees, to research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Music, Theology or History.
Courses in this field are highly interdisciplinary, exploring concepts from disciplines such as historical musicology, editorial musicology, theology and cultural studies. Religions explored may include Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and even Pagan music practices.
You will explore song writing and composition techniques from the medieval and early modern periods, through to present-day methodologies. This includes an analysis of written manuscripts, particularly Latin, as well as vocal techniques, ensemble performance and instrumental techniques.
Whether you choose to specialise in a particular period or religion, careers in the field are highly varied. You might wish to undertake performances as part of a choir or religious community, manage performances in different institutions such as Churches, or even compose contemporary pieces.
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The MLitt in Sacred Music is a one year full-time or two years part-time taught programme and is run jointly by the School of Divinity's Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) and the University of St Andrews Music Centre. Read more
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. Read more
The MA in Music with Education is a flexible programme which allows you to develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of teaching music to others. Read more
You can study both an MMus or MPhil by research within the Department of Music. Music at Aberdeen offers you a flourishing research environment in composition, instrumental, electroacoustic, historical, computational and sonic arts and sound studies. Read more
If you are a musicologist, singer, organist or liturgist with a keen interest in English Church music, this pathway of our MA Music could be for you. You'll explore in detail the music created and shared in English churches, from the late Medieval period to the present day. Read more