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.
City’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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
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).
Plus a range of elective modules in the Departments of Sociology and International Politics:
(NB: Elective module choices are subject to availability and timetabling constraints).
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: