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Creative Music Practice, M.A.

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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.

Programme Structure

Course modules

  • Groundwork for Creativity: refine your creative direction and develop your skills and techniques within your chosen area of music practice
  • Fieldwork for Creative Practice: implement a music project with an external partner, location, venue or organisation
  • Critical Contexts: engage with a range of debates including discourses relating to gender, age, place, hybridity, disruptive technology, economics and literature
  • Creativity in Context: apply your creativity in a range of professional contexts (includes support for securing appropriate work experience)
  • Creative Music Project: to complete the MA you will produce a major project that draws on your expertise in your music specialism

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13840 GBP/year
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  • EU/EEA

    6300 GBP/year
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Living costs for Cheltenham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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