Taught course

Music

Institution
Newcastle University · School of Arts and Cultures
Qualifications
MMus

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in music or a related subject.

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with degrees in other areas and those with appropriate evidence of musical and general critical knowledge and ability.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MMus offers a flexible route to advanced musical study including classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional. You can pursue this research-based courses through creative practice (eg composition, performance, improvisation, or a blend of these) or musicological study in a field of your choosing.

Practitioners are able to study in areas such as performance, composition, studio-based work, improvisation, sound-art and mixed media – focusing in any one of these or blending them according to their creative needs. Musicologists are able to study in areas such as critical and cultural musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, folk music studies, early music, popular music studies, and music theory and analysis. It is also possible to combine practice-based and musicologically orientated projects.

The Music Masters Research Training module teaches essential skills and methodologies for the rest of the research-focused course. A series of four Elective Projects allows you to pursue research selected from a range of topics taught in staff-led seminar groups, or undertake supervised solo study in practice-based or musicological research.

The list of projects varies from year to year, but the following is a typical menu:

Debates in the Philosophy and Theory of Music

Popular Music and the Politics of Authenticity

Advanced studies in Musics of the Holocaust

Popular Music before Sound Recording

Advanced Studies in Ethnomusicology

Wild Pop

Indian Music for Postgraduates

Studies in Early Music

Case Studies in Music History

Popular Music Policy: Context and Case Studies

Music Analysis for Postgraduates

The MMus can be regarded as a qualification in its own right, but also offers preparation for doctoral study, not least because of the strong research emphasis.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 8 English Language Requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Karen Robb, School PG Research and Operations Administrator
Email
pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 3509