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Durham University

M.A.
12 months
Duration
19500 GBP/year
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About

The flexible modular structure of the Music course offered by Durham University allows you to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music.

Overview

The Music course offered by Durham University provides an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but would also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains.

Students on the taught MA course join a vibrant international postgraduate community and study with scholars, composers and performers who have achieved international recognition in their fields.

The programme

The course is delivered through a mixture of seminars, practical sessions and one-to-one supervision. Seminars provide opportunities for you to discuss and debate particular issues, and to present your own original work, informed by the knowledge that you have gained through independent study outside the course’s formal contact hours. Practical sessions in areas such as studio or field recording techniques help to prepare you for your own independent work. 

All students must undertake an independent project (dissertation, composition portfolio, or performance), which is developed with the help of one-to-one expert supervision. Finally, optional modules can be drawn from the undergraduate and postgraduate courses of Music or of other departments –these free-choice modules may involve other forms of staff-student contact, depending on the subject area. The Department actively promotes interdisciplinary approaches to the study of music and you are encouraged to engage with other disciplines in the humanities and sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition (acoustic and electronic)
  • Performance
  • British Music
  • Music Analysis
  • Electronic Music
  • Orchestration and Arranging

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5

Other requirements

General requirements

  • One sample of written work (2,000 words) on a musicological topic, broadly defined, sent as a PDF. This can be an extract from longer pieces of coursework, but should be edited appropriately
  • 2:1 (or equivalent) in an undergraduate Music degree.
Applicants wishing to take the composition pathway with the modules Compositional Techniques (MUSI40430) and Composition Portfolio (MUSI42560) should be aware of the requirement to satisfy the following prerequisite:
  • We require evidence of standard at least equivalent to a strong 2:1 degree final year composition portfolio.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part Time Fees

  • EU Student: £5,200 per year
  • International non-EU Student: £10,700 per year

Funding

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