The Sacred Music programme at the University of St Andrews is a one year full-time or two years part-time taught programme and is run jointly by the School of Divinity's Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) and the University of St Andrews Music Centre.
The course is aimed at those intending to carry out church music performance and leadership roles, clergy, and those seeking a self-contained programme of study in sacred music or planning to pursue doctoral research in the field.
Students will deepen their understanding of the theological and artistic underpinnings of sacred music-making, and, where applicable, will develop their practical skills of sacred music performance and leadership.
The University of St Andrews has a range of unique music facilities for Sacred Music students, including the new state-of-the-art Laidlaw Music Centre. Students will be supported by ITIA and Music Centre staff who have research and practical expertise in sacred music.
- Develop skills relevant to your area of specialism in music making (e.g. composition, choral directing, organ, instrumental music in worship) or in music journalism and lecturing.
- Gain insights into the theological and philosophical underpinnings of music in worship, both in the past and in the present day.
- Study at the School of Divinity, based in the ancient St Mary’s College Quad, and at the University of St Andrews Laidlaw Music Centre.
- Receive expert tuition from musicians and scholars working actively in the field of sacred music, including Sir James MacMillan, composer and professor of Theology, Imagination and the Arts.
- Benefit from excellent music resources, including cutting-edge electronic music studios, a purpose-built recital hall, four pipe organs, and the acclaimed St Salvator’s Chapel Choir.
- Music and the Sacred in Theory and Practice
- Making Music in a Church Context
- Sacred Music in the West: History and Context
- Religious Experience and Aesthetic Forms
- Christian Doctrine and the Arts
- Theological Engagements with the Arts: Methodologies and Critical Theories
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesReligious Studies & Theology Music Liberal Arts View 151 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree and relevant experience in theology or music.
- English language proficiency.
International21390 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21390 GBP per year during 12 months.
National10395 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10395 GBP per year during 12 months.
Living costs for St Andrews
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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