Music Grad Dip

Music Graduate Diploma

Full time: 9 or 12 months
Start dates: September or January


Our Music Graduate Diploma will prepare you for the Music MMus at Newcastle. The course aims to develop thoughtful and well-informed musicians with a wide range of musical experiences.

This course will focus on improving your language and academic skills for direct entry onto the Music MMus at Newcastle. This course is suitable if you:

  • need to upgrade your undergraduate degree in music (or relevant music-related subject) ready for postgraduate study at Newcastle
  • want to increase your subject knowledge
  • need to improve your English language study skills within the context of a music degree

You can choose from two course options:

  • Graduate Diploma (3 terms) - this is the standard option
  • Graduate Diploma with Pre-Sessional English (4 terms) - this course has an additional term of English at the beginning if you need extra language support

If you pass this course you'll receive an International Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (FHEQ Level 6).

INTO Newcastle University: your Study Centre



This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University. We're in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students. For more information see our International Preparation Courses website.

Choosing this course means that you'll get:

  • quality-assured university course
  • full Newcastle University status
  • conditional offer on a designated postgraduate degree at Newcastle
  • a campus-based course with access to university facilities
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a very supportive study environment

The teaching style on this course ensures you will constantly receive advice and feedback from your teachers. You will have:

  • regular individual tutorials to discuss your achievements
  • one-to-one lessons with experienced tutors or composers
  • regular workshops with fellow musicians

You will also research and write a 5,000 word extended essay. This will help prepare you for your dissertation on your chosen postgraduate course. Don't worry if you haven't written a dissertation before. One of your teachers will be your supervisor and support you throughout your project.

You'll be in class for an average of 21 hours a week. We have a maximum of 18 students per class for English language teaching.



This course has both formal and informal assessments. They'll help you build on your successes and meet the entry requirements needed for postgraduate study at Newcastle. Academic module assessments include:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work

The research component assesses your final written research project.

You will develop your academic English skills, including communication skills. We will make sure you are ready for postgraduate study. The skills assessments include:

  • written assignments
  • oral presentations
  • interviews
  • written examinations


You're guaranteed a place on one of our Music MMus at Newcastle if you:

  • successfully complete the Music Graduate Diploma
  • meet the entry requirements for your selected degree course

To progress onto the Music MMus at Newcastle, you need to pass this course with:

  • a minimum of 65 (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes (with a minimum of 65 in writing)
  • an average mark of 60% overall in your music modules


Our purpose built INTO Newcastle centre will provide you with everything you need to study with us. Find out more about our facilities on our International Preparation Course website.


Related Degrees

  • Music MMus

    The MMus offers a flexible route to advanced musical study including classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional. You can pursue this research-based courses through creative practice (eg composition, performance, improvisation, or a blend of these) or musicological study in a field of your choosing.

All related programmes


Modules for 2019/20 entry

Subject modules (50 credits):

Skills module (30 credits):

Language module (40 credits):

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from autumn 2018.

Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

The above tuition fees do not include the following:

Studio fee

An extra charge of £400 for the use of the studio for your music studies.

Enrolment fee

An extra charge of £150 per academic course, charged on confirmation.

Text books

The cost of your text books varies depending on how many terms you study:

  • 3 terms will cost approximately £220 per academic course
  • 4 terms will cost approximately £280 per academic course

Airport pick-up

Studying overseas is a big step and we can arrange to pick you up from the airport. We'll meet you at Newcastle International Airport and take you to your accommodation. This is an optional service at a cost of £35.

If you're under 18 you must use our airport pick-up service, or agree alternative arrangements with us in advance. We've got an under 18 policy that you might find useful.


Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. You can contact INTO Newcastle for bank transfer details.

Entry Requirements

To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.

Relevant music background

As part of your application, you must submit either a performance video or a composition portfolio.

Which one you submit depends on what you intend to focus on in the Creative Practice module. So, read through the criteria below to see what you need to submit as part of your application.

If your application does not follow the criteria then it will not be considered suitable for entry onto this course. You will then need to amend and resubmit your application.

How to Apply

You can apply online through the INTO Newcastle application form.

You will need to create a free account to apply for your chosen course. You can apply for accommodation at the same time as the course.


If you want to find out more, you can contact us in a variety of ways.

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