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Music MMus, PGDip

Course Description

Course Overview

These courses offer a flexible route to advanced musical study including classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional. You can pursue these research-based courses through creative practice (eg composition, performance, improvisation, musicology, or a blend of these) or musicological study in a field of your choosing.

Practitioners are able to study in areas such as performance, composition, studio-based work, improvisation, sound-art and mixed media – focusing in any one of these, or blending them according to their creative needs. Musicologists are able to study in areas such as critical and cultural musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, folk music studies, early music, popular music studies, and music theory and analysis. It is also possible to combine practice-based and musicologically orientated projects.

The Music Research Training module teaches essential skills and methodologies for the rest of the research-focused course. A series of three elective projects allows you to pursue research selected from a range of topics taught in staff-led seminar groups, or undertake supervised solo study in practice-based or musicological research.

Elective projects offered in recent years include: Urban Musicology; Improvisation for Creative Practice; Debates in the Philosophy and Theory of Music; Advanced Studies in Ethnomusicology, Folk and Traditional Music; Environmental Sound Art; Indian Music in Practice; Studying Popular Music; Projects in Music Analysis; Early Music Notation and Editing; Early Modern Music Materials.

The MMus and PGDip can be regarded as qualifications in their own right, but they also offer preparation for doctoral study, not least because of the strong research emphasis.


For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/music-mmus-pgdip/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/music-mmus-pgdip/#howtoapply

Visit the Music MMus, PGDip page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Sager Family Foundation - The Graduate Scholarship for Working Musicians - Single Award

Applicants will be considered according to evidence of technical and creative flair, academic ability (which might be reflected by a good honours undergraduate degree, but could also be evidenced by work-related or professional experience), energy and commitment to further study and financial circumstances. Under special circumstances, where there is an exceptional student who has already completed the MMus with distinction, the committee may recommend that the award be made to support one year of a PhD programme in Creative Musical Practice.Applicants who wish to be considered should make clear their interest when they apply for a place on the MMus Muisc programme. Anyone who has already applied will be automatically considered. The final decision, based on the recommendations of the committee, will be made by the Foundation’s President, Bobby Sager

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Scholarship is offered through competitive application, to one student accepting a full-time place on the MMus Music programme. The scholarship is offered for one year and applications are open to candidates of any nationality (UK, EU and international students).

Application Procedure

Please see our website.

Further Information



Florence Hilda Yates Studentship - Single Award

The studentship is offered for one year and includes tuition fees (paid at the UK/EU rate) and a living allowance matching AHRC levels (c.£7,500). An additional fund of £1,000 is available to support the student’s work.

Value of Scholarship(s)

circa £11,500


The Florence Hilda Yates Studentship is offered, through competitive application, to one student accepting a full-time place on a PhD or a taught Masters programme within Music. Applications are open to candidates of any nationality, although applicants who are required to pay international fees will have to find additional sources of funding for their tuition fees.

Application Procedure

Please see our website.

Further Information



Alumni Tuition Fee Discount - 20+ Awards

Newcastle University is delighted to offer a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who are self-funding for their postgraduate study and meet our eligibility criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% fees discount


Please visit our website for full details and eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

You do not need to complete a separate application form for the Alumni Tuition Fee Discount. However you must include certain information on your postgraduate application form. Please see our website for details.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in music or a related subject. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with degrees in other areas and those with appropriate evidence of musical and general critical knowledge and ability. To study this course you need to meet our Band 4 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills) If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

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