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Music

MA |
Join one of the UK’s leading university environments for the study of music, combining world-leading research, exceptional teaching and a vibrant musical community in the heart of global London.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Full-time: One year

Part-time: Two years

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £7,500

Part-time: £4,000 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £13,500

Part-time: £6,750 per year

Who is it for?

This course is for students interested in extending their knowledge and develop critical and research skills in the broad area of music studies. The course provides a rigorous training relevant to a range of professional careers, including further study at doctoral level.

We welcome students from all over the world and from a range of backgrounds.

Objectives

City University’s MA in Music introduces students to a range of current issues and debates in music studies and provides opportunities to explore the complex interrelationships between music and other subjects and between theory and creative practice.

The course aims to develop both critical and creative approaches to musical practice and study as well as providing exceptional training in fundamental research skills which may also be useful in later doctoral study.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

We prefer you to have an undergraduate degree in music. However, if you have an advanced level in composition you may also be considered for that pathway. We accept qualifications other than music degrees for entry onto the Ethnomusicology MA pathway.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test).

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Please submit the following, either electronically or in hard copy.

  • Online application form, or download a PDF version of the application form.
  • Two academic references
  • A transcript of your undergraduate degree
  • An essay (2,000-3,000 words) on a musical topic. The essay should demonstrate critical skills and writing ability, and conform to standard academic guidelines for formatting and referencing. Most applicants submit an essay completed as part of their undergraduate studies.
  • Postgraduate reference form

NB: Applications will not be considered until all supporting materials have been received.

Online application

Apply online for September 2016 entry

Return address

Please send application documents to: Michelle Masters, Department of Music, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

Central London location
We are within walking distance of many internationally important art and culture venues.
Research-driven
88% of our research was described as either world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Placements

The professional work placement is an elective module giving you the opportunity to work in the cultural sector to apply the skills you have gained from the programme so far.

When it comes to the organisation, it is totally up to you. Previous students have gained experience with the Southbank Centre, The British Library, IMG Artists, LIFT, Arts Council England and the British Film Institute.

Academic facilities

Music students can take advantage of our advanced recording and composition studios, a professional performance space, computer laboratories, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and world music instruments.

Our composition studios include three surround (8.1/ 5.1) studios, one of which is dedicated to film and live electronics work, and three stereo composition studios. All of the studios are equipped for sound editing, processing and mixing. As well as general software such as Logic, Sibelius and Pro Tools, these studios are equipped with Native Instruments Komplete.

The recording studio is equipped to deliver multitrack recording and mixing to a professional standard.

As well as the excellent library facilities at City University and close by, such as the British Library, as part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

We teach you through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and one-to-one tutorials. You also receive further support from a personal tutor. You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.

Assessment

We assess you in the core and electives modules through either:

  • a 5000-word essay
  • a project portfolio
  • an extended creative task and accompanying commentary

The end-of-year project comprises one of the following, depending on your pathway:

  • a dissertation (12,000 - 15,000)
  • a major project comprising a film or performance element and dissertation (around 7,500 words)
  • a portfolio of compositions: three substantial compositions, or equivalent plus a critical self-evaluative commentary (around 3,000 words), and other forms of documentation as appropriate
  • a creative research project (e.g. extended composition, improvisation-based project, sound recording project, film scoring) and a closely related research essay of around 7,500 words accompanied by other forms of documentation as appropriate.

Modules

You take two core modules (total 60 credits), two or three elective modules (total 30 or 60 credits), and also produce a 12 - 15,000 word dissertation (total 60 or 90 credits).

Examples of previous dissertation projects include:

  • Hybridity, Afro-Modernism and Double Consciousness in the Music of Kanye West'
  • ‘Computer Music and Post-Digital Aesthetics’
  • 'The Rise of Cross-Dressing and Male Impersonation in the Music Halls of Victorian London'
  • 'Searching for Satori: Psychedelia in the Music of Bauhaus'

Core modules

Students take two core modules in term one, followed by elective modules in term two (for part-time students the modules are spread over two years).

  • Critical Readings in Musicology (30 credits)
  • Researching Music in Contemporary Culture (30 credits)

Elective modules

  • Music Special Project (30 credits)
  • Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Process (30 credits)
  • Urban Ethnomusicology (30 credits)
  • Historical Musicology (30 credits)

Plus a range of elective modules in the Departments of Sociology and International Politics:

  • Professional Placement (15 credits)
  • Audiences and Marketing (15 credits)
  • Digital cultures (15 credits)
  • Culture (15 credits)
  • Cultural Policy (15 credits)
  • Public Culture: the Politics of Participation (15 credits)
  • Global Cultural Industries, Ethics and Social Responsibility (15 credits)
  • Celebrity (15 credits)
  • Global Ethics: Principles, Power and Politics (30 credits)

(NB: Elective module choices are subject to availability and timetabling constraints).

Dissertation

The MA culminates in a 12-15,000 (60 credits) or 15-20,000 (90 credits) dissertation, running through the spring and summer terms, which students complete by the end of August.

Examples of previous dissertation projects include:

  • ‘Hybridity, Afro-Modernism and Double Consciousness in the Music of Kanye West’
  • ‘Computer Music and Post-Digital Aesthetics’
  • 'The Rise of Cross-Dressing and Male Impersonation in the Music Halls of Victorian London'
  • 'Searching for Satori: Psychedelia in the Music of Bauhaus'

Career prospects

Alumni have gone on to teach, compose and perform music in a wide variety of settings, and are also employed in music publishing, broadcasting, music management, arts administration, music retailing and further study at MPhil or PhD level.

Many of our MA students who have graduated have gone on to a number of high profile roles. Examples include:

  • Justine Fancy, PR Manager at MAMA & Company, live music company
  • Rachel Swindells, Gamelan & Community Projects Officer, Halle Orchestra
  • Meliz Serman, Head of Music, Davenport Foundation School
  • Javier Alvarez, International Award-Winning Composer

Please submit the following, either electronically or in hard copy.

  • Online application form, or download a PDF version of the application form.
  • Two academic references
  • A transcript of your undergraduate degree
  • An essay (2,000-3,000 words) on a musical topic. The essay should demonstrate critical skills and writing ability, and conform to standard academic guidelines for formatting and referencing. Most applicants submit an essay completed as part of their undergraduate studies.
  • Postgraduate reference form

NB: Applications will not be considered until all supporting materials have been received.

Online application

Apply online for September 2016 entry

Return address

Please send application documents to: Michelle Masters, Department of Music, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

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