The MA in Music (Popular Music Research) engages with scholarly debates and public controversies around popular music, while examining and developing both traditional and innovative ways of researching popular music- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-music-popular-music-research/
The Masters provides a grounding in the development of popular music research as a subfield of musicology, and encourages critical thinking about:
musical texts, artefacts and ecologies
audiences, reception and questions of interpretation
creativity, industries and production
repertoires broad in historical range and geographical scope
The course addresses contemporary issues of significance to academics, musicians, industries and organisations involved with popular music.
You'll develop research skills, critical thinking and rigorous methodological expertise with a range of applications both within the academy (at doctoral level) and outside (in music related industries, marketing, arts management, museums and archives, the sciences).
Although a knowledge of and passion for popular music is vital, it is not essential that your first degree is in music or popular music.
We welcome applicants from a wide range of disciplines: the course is designed to be of benefit not only to those wishing to continue their research at doctoral level, but also those wishing to reflect on their experiences as musicians, listeners, or media and arts industry professionals.
MA in Music student wins the 2015 Andrew Goodwin postgraduate essay prize:
Ben Assiter, a student on the MA in Music (Popular Music Research) was awarded the prize by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music for an essay written as part of his coursework. Read his award-winning essay here.
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Keith Negus
Modules & Structure
Critical Musicology and Popular Music- 30 credits
Popular Music: Listening, Analysis and Interpretation- 30 credits
Contemporary Ethnomusicology- 30 credits
Ethnographic Film and Music Research- 30 credits
Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates- 30 credits
Performance as Research- 30 credits
Philosophies of Music- 30 credits
Interpretation, Meaning and Performance- 30 credits
Working with Original Musical Documents- 30 credits
MA in Music Dissertation- 60 credits
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or an equivalent subject. Your qualification should comprise a substantial academic element relevant to the selected MA pathway and option choices. For the generic MA in Music award you should write a detailed proposal explaining the rationale for your option course choices and how these provide a coherent programme of study leading to dissertation. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).