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Music

Taught MA programme

The flexible modular structure of our taught MA programme allows students to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music. It will provide an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but will also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains.

Students on the Taught MA programme join a vibrant international postgraduate community and study with scholars, composers, and performers who have achieved international recognition in their fields. The Music Department has been ranked in the top three music departments nationally in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and the Complete University Guide 2016.

Music MA

Degree MA
Year of Entry 2015
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
www.durham.ac.uk/music
Email music.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3156

Description

The flexible modular structure of our taught MA programme allows students to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music. It will provide an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but will also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains.

Students on the Taught MA programme join a vibrant international postgraduate community and study with scholars, composers, and performers who have achieved international recognition in their fields. The Music Department has been ranked in the top three music departments nationally in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and the Complete University Guide 2016.

The MA Music programme will facilitate study of the following areas of specialism in 2015-2016:

  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition (acoustic and electro-acoustic)
  • Performance
  • Music Analysis
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Audiovisual Documentation and Analysis

Additional specialisms will be available in future years as resources permit:

  • British music
  • Indian music
  • World music analysis
  • Music, mind, and culture
  • Advanced organ studies
  • Choral conducting (with special focus on Anglican church music)

Programme structure

Students will choose modules from sections A, B, C, and D below:

A. Major project, weighted at 60 credits (a dissertation, a public recital, or a portfolio of compositions/orchestrations and arrangements – depending on your chosen area of specialism)

B. A 30-credit module linked to your chosen area of specialism

C. Two compulsory core 30-credit modules embedding research training and engaging with major intellectual issues attendant on all subject areas

D. An additional 30 credits of Music undergraduate modules/selected undergraduate OR postgraduate modules offered by another department OR another related specialism-specific module from list B, subject to approval of the Board of Studies in Music.

Example: MA with specialism in Musicology

A. A 12,000-word dissertation on a musicological topic weighted at 60 credits

B. 30-credit module ‘Contemporary Musicology’

C. Compulsory core 30-credit modules, ‘Core Research Seminars’ and ‘Research Methods and Resources’

D. 30 credits of Music undergraduate modules/selected undergraduate OR postgraduate modules offered by another department OR another related specialism-specific module from list B

Core Modules

  • Research Methods and Resources
  • Core Research Seminars

And

The following specialism-specific modules will be offered every year: 

  • Contemporary Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology in Practice and Theory
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Music Performance. 

Optional Modules

  • British Music
  • Music Analysis
  • Practice and Theory of Choral Conducting
  • Advanced Organ Studies
  • Electronic Music
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Indian Music
  • World Music Analysis
  • Music, Mind, and Culture
  • Audiovisual Documentation and Analysis. 

Subjects required, level and graded

2:1 (or equivalent) from an undergraduate Music degree

Evidence of prior specialisation in principal proposed area of study (e.g. applicants wishing to specialise in performance would be expected to have undertaken a major project in performance at undergraduate level and gained a 2:1 mark or equivalent for it)

English Language requirements

IELTS IELTS 7.0 (with no element below 6.5)

Requirements and Admissions

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo

Fees

Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/tuition

EU student fees

£6100

Home student fees

£6100

Islands student fees

£6100

International non-EU student fees

£14900

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

Postgraduates

Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.