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Music, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This fascinating introduction to the methods and materials used for music research will suit professionals working in a wide range of music-related settings, and is also applicable if you have a leisure interest in music. Earn a Music degree at The Open University UK.

About

Your studies will be based in the digital humanities using creative technologies to develop your research skills and critically analyse a variety of musical sources. You'll encounter a number of musical topics, themes and repertoires from different periods and styles – as you engage with Western, non-Western and popular music – and will be able to tailor your studies according to your musical interests. 

Key features of the Music course from The Open University UK:

  • Introduces essential music research skills
  • Explores a range of sources including text, music criticism and performance
  • Investigates different musical styles and genres from across the world
  • Concludes with a dissertation on a subject of your choice

Career relevance

If you wish to pursue a career in academia or research, this qualification will provide a route towards a higher level research degree (e.g. PhD), which is an essential prerequisite for such a career. A masters degree can help to enhance your career prospects as a teacher in secondary and higher education.

If your aim is to enter professions associated with the media, culture or knowledge industries, or if you already have a career in one of these areas and are seeking a further qualification as a means of career development, then a masters degree, supplemented by relevant skills and experience, can be useful.

Programme Structure

  • Block 1 is the introductory section, in which you look at the history of how music is studied and how the idea of musical knowledge has changed over the last century. It also includes the following topics: People and communities; Composition and creativity; Performance and listening; Musical biographies; Music criticism and journalism.
  • Block 2 focuses on the significance of the ‘digital humanities’ for the study of music, and some of the emerging questions. Key utilities and databases are introduced.
  • Block 3 guides you towards looking critically at different types of digital resources and the challenges associated with them. The topics are: Documents; Images; Places; Repertories and musical sources; Instruments; Performances and recordings.
  • In Block 4 you will develop the work begun in Block 3 by drawing together different digital resources in case studies devoted to the BBC Promenade Concerts, Copland, music in Tudor London and Joni Mitchell.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      2–10 years
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class 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

  • You must hold an honours degree to study for our MA in Music course. Although your degree need not be in music, you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. 
  • You should be aware that a degree of at least 2.1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA. It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. 
  • If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language testing system (IELTS). 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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