Taught course


Durham University · Department of Music

Entry requirements

2:1 (or equivalent) in an undergraduate Music degree.

Applicants wishing to take the composition modules Compositional Techniques (MUSI40430) and Composition Portfolio (MUSI42560) should be aware of the requirement to satisfy the following prerequisite:

Applicants must hold a good Music degree (2:1 equivalent or above) with a Level 3 composition portfolio on transcript. Alternatively they must show comparable experience, through a portfolio of works that demonstrates clear skills and competence.

Applicants wishing to take the module Performance Project (MUSI42660) must satisfy the following prerequisite:

An ABRSM Diploma in Music Performance (or equivalent) is required to be admitted to this module. Where no such document can be provided, a video recording of no less than 10 minutes has to be submitted that proves the candidate is of the required Diploma level.

Months of entry


Course content

The flexible modular structure of our taught MA programme 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 will provide an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but will also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains.

Students on the taught MA programme 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 #1 in The Sunday Times University League Table 2016, and was in the top three music departments in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and the Complete University Guide 2017.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £7,245
International students
Full time: EU £7,245 Non Eu £17,325

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Music
(0)191 334 2973