Taught course

Creative Music Practice*

University of Gloucestershire · Department of Communications and Media Production

Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.We will consider a comparable professional or postgraduate qualification.

Applicants without a bachelor’s degree but with significant industry experience in areas including, but not limited to, music performance, composition, music and sound production, business and teaching are encouraged to apply. EU and international students need a minimum IELTS 6.0 overall. Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview.

All applications must be accompanied by a short project proposal of up to 1,000 words, that details your aims and objectives for the MA, with an indication of potential outcomes. This will be discussed during the interview.

All applications must be accompanied by a portfolio - which could include examples of original musical and/or audiovisual work, evidence of music-related business, education and community projects, academic writing about music and related subjects.

Months of entry


Course content

*Subject to validation

Central to any 21st century creative practice is the need to respond to a technological and economic environment wherein disruption and hybridity are now commonplace. The MA in Creative Music Practice has been designed to enable graduate students, along with established creatives and professionals, to advance their skills, knowledge and understanding of a rapidly evolving global music ecosystem.

This course builds on the strength and diversity of the University of Gloucestershire’s undergraduate portfolio in Music, and will enable students who work across a range of music disciplines - including music and sound technology, business and management, creative practice, music and visual media, interactive music, community practice, social enterprise and music education - to develop and launch ambitious and sustainable projects. With an emphasis on research, where staff expertise focuses on international music cultures, political economy, audiovisual aesthetics and contemporary philosophy, the programme is designed to facilitate higher learning and skills development against the backdrop of both market/audience development and critical enquiry.

As the name suggests, the course is structured around students' creative ambitions, but remains broad in its range in order to allow practitioners within different musical disciplines to work and develop alongside each other. Practical modules will enable students to progress a core set of production and craft skills, whilst contextual modules will allow project work to be embedded within critical and commercial frameworks. This preparatory and explorative work then feeds into the major project wherein students develop a significant piece of work that is both market-ready and at the same time underpinned by conceptual and theoretical reflection.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
03330 141414