This fascinating introduction to the methods and materials used for music research will suit professionals working in a wide range of music-related settings and is also applicable if you have a leisure interest in music. Your studies will be based in the digital humanities using creative technologies to develop your research skills and critically analyze different musical sources.
You will encounter a number of musical topics, themes and repertoires from different periods and styles – as you engage with Western, non-Western and popular music – and will be able to tailor your studies according to your musical interests.
Key features of the course
- Introduces essential music research skills
- Explores a range of sources including text, music criticism and performance
- Investigates different musical styles and genres from across the world
- Concludes with a dissertation on a subject of your choice
You must hold an honors degree to study for our MA in Music course. Although your degree need not be in music, you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. The first module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in music but does not offer remedial undergraduate training if your qualifications and/or experience are inadequate.
The MA assumes that a candidate for a master’s degree already has the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level. Any student beginning the qualification without an undergraduate degree in music or equivalent experience should do so at their own risk. If you would like further advice regarding this, please speak to an adviser.
You should be aware that a degree of at least 2.1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA. It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- write clear, concise, accurate prose
- read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically
- classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability
- argue logically, consistently and skeptically
- marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument
- be literate in music, to the extent that you can follow an orchestral score and know which instrument is playing.
Further guidance is given in the module descriptions.
How long it takes
Modules on this MA are studied during a fixed period each year. The minimum overall time in which it is possible to complete the qualification is two years, studying the modules consecutively. If you do not study the modules consecutively, you must have completed them by a maximum of 10 years to qualify for the degree.
If you wish to pursue a career in academia or research, this qualification will provide a route towards a higher level research degree (e.g. Ph.D.), which is an essential prerequisite for such a career. A masters degree can help to enhance your career prospects as a teacher in secondary and higher education.
If your aim is to enter professions associated with the media, culture or knowledge industries, or if you already have a career in one of these areas and are seeking a further qualification as a means of career development, then a masters degree, supplemented by relevant skills and experience, can be useful.
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Last updated September 20, 2018