Oxford Brookes University

Music (MA)

The MA in Music offers advanced training in either musicology or composition. The modular structure allows students to pursue a broad generalist programme or to specialise in a particular area of their choice. Within the field of musicology, students can slant their studies towards one or several of the following areas: music in nineteenth-century culture, opera studies, popular music studies or film music. The composition pathway, meanwhile, provides a practice-based contemporary composition curriculum that encourages students to push the boundaries of their practice and thinking, develop an understanding of creative agency and develop a voice as an engaged and creative composer.

A distinctive feature of the programme is its combination of a rigorous academic education with the opportunity to acquire vocational skills through our innovative Professional Experience module. Students also receive training in disseminating their research via broadcasting, journalism, conference papers and social media. The course therefore offers rich opportunities for career development and can pave the way for further study at PhD level if so required.

Entry requirements

PgDip

For UK students, a good honours degree, minimum 2:1 (not necessarily in Music)
For EU/International students, a qualification equivalent to a good honours degree
However, applicants with equivalent professional or personal experience may also be considered.

MA

For UK students, a good Honours degree at 2.1 or above (not necessarily in music). For EU/international students, a qualification equivalent to a good Honours degree. However, applicants with equivalent professional or personal experience may also be considered.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: (30 credits) research skills and applied research; professional experience; (60 credits) dissertation / major project. Optional modules: (30 credits) composition pathway; approaches to experimental composition and sound arts; electroacoustic and live electronic composition; musicology pathway; advanced musicology 1: 19th-century music studies; advanced musicology 1: film music studies; advanced musicology 2: popular music studies; advanced musicology 2: opera studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, student presentations, literature reviews, concert or gig reviews, professional projects arising from work placements, dissertations, and compositions using scores, recordings, software patches or live electronics, performances and installations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2017 - 24 months
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 8 months
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 16 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

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