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 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.
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- Composition (acoustic and electronic)
- British Music
- Music Analysis
- Electronic Music
- Orchestration and Arranging
- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesMusic View 208 other Masters in Music in United Kingdom
- 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.
- We require evidence of standard at least equivalent to a strong 2:1 degree final year composition portfolio.
International19500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 19500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA9500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased 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
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