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Music MA Durham University

UK

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Course info

Summary

Course Summary

The flexible modular structure of our taught MA course allows you to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music. It provides an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but would also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains.

The MA Music course supports study in the following areas of specialism:

  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition (acoustic and electronic)
  • Performance

Course Learning and Teaching

The course is delivered through a mixture of seminars, practical sessions and one-to-one supervision. Seminars provide opportunities for you to discuss and debate particular issues, and to present your own original work, informed by the knowledge that you have gained through independent study outside the course’s formal contact hours. Practical sessions in areas such as studio or field recording techniques help to prepare you for your own independent work. All students must undertake an independent project (dissertation, composition portfolio, or performance), which is developed with the help of one-to-one expert supervision. Finally, optional modules can be drawn from the undergraduate and postgraduate courses of Music or of other departments –these free-choice modules may involve other forms of staff-student contact, depending on the subject area. The Department actively promotes interdisciplinary approaches to the study of music and you are encouraged to engage with other disciplines in the humanities and sciences.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Music MA.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£19,500.00 (18,73,831) per year

Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

02 Oct, 02 Oct, 02 Oct

Venue

Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,

Durham,

Durham,

DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students wishing to take the composition pathway, need to have evidence of standard at least equivalent to a strong 2:1 degree final year composition portfolio. A portfolio of at least two contrasting works of at least ten minutes total duration must be submitted to prove that the applicant is of the required level. Students wishing to take the performance pathway, need to have evidence of standard at least equivalent to a strong 2:1 degree final year performance recital. A video recording of no less than 10 minutes must be submitted to prove that the applicant is of the required level. Students need to have IELTS score of 7.0 with no component under 6.5; TOEFL iBT: 102 with no component under 25; Cambridge Scale (CPE or CAE): 185 (minimum of 176 per component; Pearson Academic (PTE): 70 (with no less than 62 in each Communicative Skill).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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