Taught course

Music Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Art, Design and Performance

Entry requirements

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed. Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following: -Receipt of a 2.2 degree, or higher from a British university -A high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere (e.g. for North American students a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale) -Professional experience in the field or a related field in their home country

Months of entry


Course content

MA Music Practice is intended for musicians with an interest and experience in creating music in the experimental areas of their chosen genre(s). Students will test ways of taking their existing practice in different directions and then carry out projects in which this work is presented to the public and within academia. The course is therefore a space to try out bold, new ideas and an opportunity to gain the real-world skills required by professional musicians.

Creative work can be presented as part of the festival of experimental music that takes place each year in the Media Factory but will also be presented at outside venues.

The course allows for students who prepare their work through devising, composition, studio composition or improvisation. Students will typically perform their own music, either solo or as part of an ensemble. However, applicants who prefer to direct other musicians are also welcome as are those applicants with an interest in audio art, multimedia art or interdisciplinary performance.

MA Music Practice provides stimulus in the form of directed reading and listening, discussions, and workshops to enable you to take your existing music practice in different directions before presenting it to a public audience. The course will allow you to build a portfolio of music whilst developing skills of great use to a professional musician including project management, managing and archiving public events, self-promotion, and managing people and finances.

To facilitate access to the programme, students can opt to study in modes which are appropriate to their personal circumstance. Students may study 3 modules resulting in the award of PG Certificate, 6 modules with the award of PG Diploma or 9 modules with the award of Masters Degree. Each award can be studied in full or part-time modes. Study may be staged with students achieving the PG Cert or PG Dip and taking a study break before continuing with a higher award.

Course at a Glance
PG Cert
- Music Portfolio
- Professional Presentation

PG Dip
The PG Cert modules plus
- Arts Theory and Philosophy
- Professional Arts Practice

The PG Dip modules plus
- Arts Research Project

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400