University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Traditional Music of the British Isles

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. Traditional Music of the British Isles takes advantage of Sheffield's position as a major hub of both English and 'Celtic' musical activity to pursue in-depth studies on British and Irish traditional musics.

Entry requirements

2.1 undergraduate degree. Applicants whose undergraduate degrees are not in music, need to provide evidence of substantial engagement with music. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on the dissertation and coursework which includes a sample radio programme and folio of fieldwork materials.

Sponsorship information

University and faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for funding applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April. You can also apply for a small grant to support your postgraduate research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning (with some attendance) September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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0114 222 0495