University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Music Practice

Do you enjoy creating original music? Our degree is a hands-on course which teaches you contemporary, new, experimental and fusion music forms, without relying on the approaches of traditional music education. It�s not just preparing people to be a recording artist; it is about preparing graduates for a range of careers: making music for audiences such as film, TV and video games, in addition to live music and professional recording. You will get to work on live projects from year 1, and be encouraged to perform your own gigs and shows at various venues, and will also study relevant aspects of the music business such as strategies for marketing and working under commission.

Entry requirements

Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any 1 of the following: receipt of a 2.2 degree, or higher from a British university; a high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere (e.g. for North American students a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale); professional experience in the field or a related field in their home country.

Course modules

Year 1: Practice modules: Parameters in composition; performance skills; creative workshop 1 double module. Contextual modules: Performance in context; professional practice 1. Year 2: Practice modules: Analysis and reconstruction; interpretation and realisation; creative workshop 2 double module. Contextual modules: research project; professional practice 2. Year 3: Practice modules: Principles in composition; performing techniques; presentation project double module; practice as research double module. Contextual Modules: Professional practice 3; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Your work will be assessed by a wide range of methods, including performances, submission of recordings, installations, seminar presentations, viva voces and essay assignments. There are no written examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 9,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 500 per Module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

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