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Music, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #78 (QS) Durham, United Kingdom
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 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper 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

  • 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

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part Time Fees

  • EU Student: £4,300.00 per year
  • International non-EU Student: £10,100.00 per year

Living costs for Durham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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