Taught course

Music

Institution
Durham University · Department of Music
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

  • One sample of written work (2,000 words) on a musicological topic, broadly defined, sent as a PDF. This can be an extract from longer pieces of coursework, but should be edited appropriately
  • 2:1 (or equivalent) in an undergraduate Music degree.
    • Applicants wishing to take the composition pathway with the modules Compositional Techniques (MUSI40430) and Composition Portfolio (MUSI42560) should be aware of the requirement to satisfy the following prerequisite:
      • We require 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.

    • Applicants wishing to take the performance pathway, with the module Performance Project (MUSI42660), must satisfy the following prerequisite:
      • We require 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.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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.

Students on the taught MA course join a vibrant international postgraduate community and study with scholars, composers and performers who have achieved international recognition in their fields. The Music Department was ranked the top UK music department for two years running in both The Complete University Guide (2018 and 2019) and The Sunday Times University League Table (2017 and 2018), and appears in the top three in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

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

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

Course Structure

You will choose modules from sections A, B, C, and D below:

  • A. Major project, weighted at 60 credits (a dissertation, a public recital, or a portfolio of compositions/orchestrations and arrangements – depending on your chosen area of specialism)

    B. A 30-credit module linked to your chosen area of specialism

    C. Two compulsory core 30-credit modules embedding research training and engaging with major intellectual issues attendant on all subject areas

    D. An additional 30 credits of Music undergraduate modules/selected undergraduate OR postgraduate modules offered by another department OR another related specialism-specific module from list B, subject to approval of the Board of Studies in Music.

    Example: MA with specialism in Musicology

    A. A 12,000-word dissertation on a musicological topic weighted at 60 credits

    B. 30-credit module ‘Contemporary Musicology’

    C. Compulsory core 30-credit modules, ‘Core Research Seminars’ and ‘Research Methods and Resources’

    D. 30 credits of Music undergraduate modules/selected undergraduate OR postgraduate modules offered by another department OR another related specialism-specific module from list B

    Core Modules

    The following specialism-specific modules will be offered every year:

    • Research Methods and Resources
    • Core Research Seminars
    • Contemporary Musicology
    • Ethnomusicology in Practice and Theory
    • Compositional Techniques
    • Music Performance

Information for international students

Please check the English language requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,750.00 per year
International students
£18,300.00 per year

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Music
Email
study@durham.ac.uk
Phone
(0)191 334 1000