These courses offer a flexible route to advanced musical study including classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional. You can pursue these research-based courses through creative practice (eg composition, performance, improvisation, musicology, or a blend of these) or musicological study in a field of your choosing.
Practitioners are able to study in areas such as performance, composition, studio-based work, improvisation, sound-art and mixed media – focusing in any one of these, or blending them according to their creative needs. Musicologists are able to study in areas such as critical and cultural musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, folk music studies, early music, popular music studies, and music theory and analysis. It is also possible to combine practice-based and musicologically orientated projects.
The Music Research Training module teaches essential skills and methodologies for the rest of the research-focused course. A series of three elective projects allows you to pursue research selected from a range of topics taught in staff-led seminar groups, or undertake supervised solo study in practice-based or musicological research.
Elective projects offered in recent years include:
- Urban Musicology
- Improvisation for Creative Practice
- Debates in the Philosophy and Theory of Music
- Advanced Studies in Ethnomusicology, Folk and Traditional Music
- Environmental Sound Art
- Indian Music in Practice
- Studying Popular Music
- Projects in Music Analysis
- Early Music Notation and Editing
- Early Modern Music Materials
The MMus and PGDip can be regarded as qualifications in their own right, but they also offer preparation for doctoral study, not least because of the strong research emphasis.
This course is delivered on the Newcastle campus (with options for a short period of study abroad in the case of the MMus). You will attend seminars and tutorials during semesters one and two. As an MMus student you spend the third semester working on your final dissertation or major creative project.
The flexibility of our course benefits part-time students, though staff-led research projects normally take place during normal working hours. All students – part-time and full-time – are required to complete the Music Research Training module across their first two semesters of study.
The MMus course comprises of compulsory and optional modules. Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) students follow a similar course, but with a smaller amount of creative project work.
The course is delivered through a series of one-to-one teaching (eg with an instrumental or composition teacher), lectures, seminars, specialist presentations, masterclasses, and workshops in which you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and debate your ideas with other students.
You will also be able to attend music research seminars in which visiting experts address the postgraduate community. The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) provides information about research-related events (including research seminars), research projects, ICMuS researchers and the impact of their research in the wider world.
You will normally be assessed by a combination of:
- portfolio work, eg composition or examples of academic writing
- commentary on creative practice work
- oral examinations
- unseen written examinations
We have outstanding specialist music facilities, including our £4.5m purpose built Music Studios, designed with performance, multimedia and studio-based work in mind.
Additional facilities include:
- two professional grade recording studios
- a large student common room, including a work area with PCs featuring specialist music software
- a range of recently refurbished rehearsal spaces
- a full range of recently refurbished teaching facilities, including a 100-seat lecture theatre, two 50 seat lecture theatres and three 25-seater seminar rooms
- 12 practice rooms with integrated recording facilities
- a dedicated postgraduate workspace
- a project room equipped with 5.1 mixing system
The University Library also has extensive music collections (including a number of important manuscript and microfilm collections), subscribes to many specialist Music journals, has access to a significant body of online resources, and is widely recognised for the supportive service it offers students and staff.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
You choose one of the following modules:
You also choose further modules from the following list, to a value of 80 credits:
- MUS8160 Elective Project 1
- MUS8161 Elective Project 2
- MUS8162 Elective Project 3
- MUS8167 Elective Project 4
Subject to the Degree Programme Director's approval, you may choose one of the modules listed below in place of one or more of the Elective Projects.
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 mid-May 2019.
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A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in music or a related subject.
We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with degrees in other areas and those with appropriate evidence of musical and general critical knowledge and ability.
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- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
When you apply you need to select the relevant degree code on the 'Programme of Study' page:
- MMus - full time: 5811F, part time: 5811P
- PGDip - full time: 3366F, part time: 3366P
If you apply for the Creative Practice route you need to submit recent and representative examples of your work. We suggest that you provide two contrasting examples. These may include:
- audio recordings
- video recordings
- any other type of document that best represents the nature of the work
Please ensure that your files are compatible with both Windows and Apple operating systems.
For the academic Musicology route, you need to submit a sample of written work or an essay on a musical topic.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.