University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

World Music Studies

This distance learning course combines annual residential weeks in Sheffield with longer periods of internet-supported study which means students can be anywhere in the world. Traditional and world musics and their associated cultures are studied through practical methods such as fieldwork and direct participation in music-making as well as library research and theoretical interpretation. Students gain both a deeper knowledge of the music and a set of skills for discovering and communicating new knowledge about music. The courses are intended for musicians, educators and enthusiasts who want to know more about traditional and world musics and about ways of studying and understanding music in its social and cultural context. World Music Studies is interpreted quite literally as encompassing, in principle, the study of any and all musical activity in the world: Western as well as 'exotic', popular as well as classical, amateur as well as professional.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in music; a combined degree with a substantial music component or a performance diploma from a conservatoire or academy. For the Master's in music management applicants should have a 2.2 Honours degree (or above) in a relevant subject area. Candidates with degrees from other disciplines such as anthropology; drama; education or psychology are welcomed. Applications from candidates without formal qualifications but relevant work experience will be considered. International students should have an overall international English language testing system (IELTS) grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: research skills; music of the world; approaches to fieldwork; case studies in ethnomusicology; special topic in world music; 15,000-word dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework, a dissertation, sample radio programme and folio of fieldwork materials.

Sponsorship information

University and Faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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