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Entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree. If your undergraduate degree is not in music, you’ll need to provide evidence of substantial engagement with music.

We also recognise the value of experience, and may accept applications from people who have been in practice, or who bring other experience to their studies.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course is intended for musicians, educators and other enthusiasts who want to know more about traditional and world musics and about ways of studying and understanding music in its social and cultural context.

Course description

This course will run in 2023. Applications open in September 2022.

Email music-apply@sheffield.ac.uk to register your interest.

World music studies encompasses the study of any and all musical activity in the world: Western as well as ‘exotic’, popular as well as classical, amateur as well as professional.

The course allows you to specialise in an area of your choice, while providing the opportunity to study musical phenomena from a global perspective.

Some students take advantage of Sheffield’s position as a major hub of both English and ‘Celtic’ musical activity to pursue in-depth studies on traditional musics of the British Isles. Others enjoy the opportunity to develop new understanding of musical sounds, practices and cultures from elsewhere in the world.

In this course, ‘world music’ is interpreted quite literally as encompassing, in principle, the study of any and all musical activity in the world: Western as well as ‘exotic’, popular as well as classical, amateur as well as professional.

Traditional and world musics and their associated cultures are studied through practical methods such as fieldwork and direct participation in music-making, as well as library research and theoretical interpretation.

You'll gain both a deeper knowledge of the music and a set of skills for discovering and communicating new knowledge about music.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email
music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 114 222 0495