School of Arts and Cultures

How to Apply

How to Apply

Overview

Find out what you need to do to apply for one of our postgraduate courses.

Applications for all our postgraduate degrees are made online via the University's application portal.

Each postgraduate degree has specific requirements:

Visit us

If you want to apply for a taught degree, then it is a good idea to come for a visit. Contact the postgraduate secretary to arrange this: pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk

Recognition of prior learning

We also accept applications on the basis of credit transfer and prior learning. For more information, download our prior learning statement (PDF: 293 KB).

To apply, you have to complete the recognition of prior learning  application form (Word: 41 KB).

MMus

The MMus has specific application requirements.

We consider all applications on merit. In any case, we advise that you approach a member of staff either by phone or email to discuss your application.

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree or higher in music or other arts or humanities subjects. We take international equivalents. We may take other qualifications and other experience into account.

Performers need to have a degree level qualification or be of an equivalent standard. Audition is by recording, or in person.

English language

For international students, if your first language is not English we require IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in writing, or equivalent. If you need extra tuition to meet English language requirements the University provides a Pre-Sessional Intensive English programme

Research proposal

You must include a personal statement that clearly expresses your proposed project for research.

Staff expertise

It is crucial to look carefully at the areas of research in which staff have expertise. 

Make sure your interests match those of our staff.

You may want to contact the following staff for more information:

More information

Contact Nanette de Jong with any MMus-specific enquiries.

You can also contact the postgraduate secretary for general information: pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk

MLitt

The MLitt has specific application requirements.

Applications for the MLitt can be made at any time. 

It's important that you contact us before you apply. We may need specific information or documentation from you. We can discuss the feasibility of your proposal and let you know if we are able to support you academically. 

Contact the Secretary for Postgraduate Studies in Music: pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk  

If we are interested in your proposal we'll ask you to submit a formal application. 

Entry requirements

You need a good honours degree in a subject relevant to your research proposal. 

Research proposal

You need to submit a research proposal of 1,000 - 2,000 words.  

There is no strict template of the structure for this. We recommended that you include the following details:

  • a provisional title
  • a well thought through 'research question' 
  • a list of research assignment topics you wish to cover during your MLitt

English language

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to show proof of your language abilities

If you haven't done a masters or equivalent in an English speaking institution, you'll be assessed individually.  We'll use samples of your writing, and interview you.

AHRC funding

Contact us early to discuss your application if you're interested in AHRC funding.

You'll still apply through the university's online portal.

If you're applying to the AHRC, your research proposal needs to be maximum 1,000 words.

Your application needs to be well-argued, well-written and clear. We'll use it to decide whether or not to forward you for consideration for funding. 

MPhil

The MPhil has specific application requirements.

Applications for the MPhil can be made at any time.

It's important that you contact us before you apply. We may need specific information or documentation from you. We can discuss the feasibility of your proposal and let you know if we are able to support you academically. 

Contact the Secretary for Postgraduate Studies in Music: pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk  

If we are interested in your proposal we'll ask you to submit a formal application. 

Entry requirements

You need a good honours degree in a subject relevant to your research proposal. 

Research proposal

You need to submit a research proposal of 1,000 - 2,000 words.  

MPhil by thesis

There is no strict template of the structure for this. We recommended that you include the following details:

  • a provisional title
  • an introduction to the research topic
  • an initial literature review, if appropriate
  • a well thought through 'research question'
  • an outline of your methodology
  • an initial suggested chapter structure (although this is likely to change as the research progresses)
  • an initial bibliography

MPhil by portfolio

There is no strict template of the structure for this. We recommended that you include the following details:

  • a provisional title
  • an introduction to the research theme/idea
  • an initial review of other practice-based work, if appropriate
  • a well thought through 'research question'
  • an outline of the kinds of practice that will be used to achieve the research objectives and answer the research question
  • a description of the written component of your portfolio
  • an example of your recent work (written or practice-based)

English language

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to show proof of your language abilities

If you haven't done a masters or equivalent in an English speaking institution, you'll be assessed individually.  We'll use samples of your writing, and interview you.

AHRC funding

Contact us early to discuss your application if you're interested in AHRC funding.

You'll still apply through the university's online portal.

If you're applying to the AHRC, your research proposal needs to be maximum 1,000 words.

Your application needs to be well-argued, well-written and clear. We'll use it to decide whether or not to forward you for consideration for funding. 

PhD

The PhD has specific application requirements.

Applications for the MPhil can be made at any time.

It's important that you contact us before you apply. We may need specific information or documentation from you. We can discuss the feasibility of your proposal and let you know if we are able to support you academically.

Contact the Secretary for Postgraduate Studies in Music: pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk  

If we are interested in your proposal we'll ask you to submit a formal application. 

Entry requirements

You need a good honours degree in a subject relevant to your research proposal.

Research proposal

You need to submit a research proposal of 1,000 - 2,000 words.

PhD by thesis

There is no strict template of the structure for this. We recommended that you include the following details:

  • a provisional title
  • an introduction to the research topic
  • an initial literature review, if appropriate
  • reasons to show why the research is important
  • a statement about the academic contribution it is likely to make

You'll need to have a well thought through 'research question' that the research will aim to answer, or a thesis to be tested.

We recommend that you go on to include:

  • clearly defined research aims
  • more detailed research objectives
  • an outline of the methodology that will be used to achieve the research objectives and answer the research question, or test the thesis
  • an initial suggested chapter structure (although this is likely to change as the research progresses)
  • an initial bibliography

PhD by portfolio

There is no strict template of the structure for this. We recommended that you include the following details:

  • a provisional title
  • an introduction to the research theme/idea
  • an initial review of other practice-based work in this area, if appropriate

You'll need to have a well thought through 'research question' that the research will aim to answer, or a thematic to be explored.

We recommend that you go on to include:

  • an outline of the kinds of practice that will be used to achieve the research objectives and answer the research question, or fill out the research theme
  • a description the written component of your portfolio
  • an initial suggested structure (although this is likely to change as the research progresses)
  • an example of your recent work (written or practice-based)

English language

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to show proof of your language abilities.

If you haven't done a masters or equivalent in an English speaking institution, you'll be assessed individually. We'll use samples of your writing, and interview you.

AHRC funding

Contact us early to discuss your application if you're interested in AHRC funding.

You'll still apply through the university's online portal.

If you're applying to the AHRC, your research proposal needs to be maximum 1,000 words.

Your application needs to be well-argued, well-written and clear. We'll use it to decide whether or not to forward you for consideration for funding.