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Music

The flexible modular structure of our taught MA course allows you to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music. It provides an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but would also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains. The MA Music course supports study in the following areas of specialism: Musicology; Ethnomusicology; Composition (acoustic and electronic); Performance.

Entry requirements

MA: One sample of written work (2,000 words) on a musicological topic, broadly defined, sent as a PDF. This can be an extract from longer pieces of coursework, but should be edited appropriately; 2:1 (or equivalent) in an undergraduate Music degree. Applicants wishing to take the composition pathway with the modules Compositional Techniques (MUSI40430) and Composition Portfolio (MUSI42560) should be aware of the requirement to satisfy the following prerequisite: We require evidence of standard at least equivalent to a strong 2:1 degree final year composition portfolio. A portfolio of at least two contrasting works of at least ten minutes total duration must be submitted to prove that the applicant is of the required level. Applicants wishing to take the performance pathway, with the module Performance Project (MUSI42660), must satisfy the following prerequisite: We require evidence of standard at least equivalent to a strong 2:1 degree final year performance recital. A video recording of no less than 10 minutes must be submitted to prove that the applicant is of the required level.

Course modules

Core Modules: Research Methods and Resources; Core Research Seminars; The following specialism-specific modules will be offered every year: Contemporary Musicology; Ethnomusicology in Practice and Theory; Compositional Techniques; Music Performance; Optional Modules; Optional modules in previous years have included: British Music; Music Analysis; Electronic Music; Orchestration and Arranging; Indian Music; World Music Analysis; Music, Mind, and Culture; Audiovisual Documentation and Analysis.

Assessment methods

Seminars, practical sessions and one-to-one supervision. All students must undertake an independent project (dissertation, composition portfolio, or performance).

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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