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Music

The flexible modular structure of our taught MA programme 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 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.

Course modules

You will choose modules from sections A, B, C, and D: 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: Optional modules in previous years have included: 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.

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 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Department of Music
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01913342973