Music MMus

Callum Y

Student Profile

About me

Name: Callum
Course: Music MMus, PGDip
PhD Title: Performance – [Bodhran outside of a folk music context]
Study mode: Full time
Where I’m from: Britain

Choosing postgraduate study

"I decided to continue my study at postgraduate level because I was simply not finished studying the bodhran, and I am very lucky to have gained a scholarship which allows me to continue this in the best setting."

Choosing Newcastle

"Newcastle University’s music department is exactly the place to continue my research, with such a diverse range of tutors in many different fields of musicology. Here I am really able to explore new parameters of the bodhran in a variety of musical settings."

Studying at Newcastle

"I most enjoy how, as a research student, I am given free-range of my choice of study, but have the full support of the University to help me achieve my research goals. In that, I mean the open doors of many great and helpful lecturers and the facilities here that make my research possible, such as the studio building, and rehearsal rooms. I also value the technical and academic staff whose expertise makes learning and furthering my education a lot more enjoyable.

"The main difference between undergraduate and postgraduate is that I now carry out my work almost completely independently. I manage my own time to focus on what I should be learning to help inform my research. I am able to manage my work load well, and the independent nature of my work has allowed me to recently sit in on a great module, which is outside of my research but has enabled me to think more critically about historical discourses in music.

"I have been presented many opportunities since beginning this course which means that I rarely have a free weekend. However, this is all for the best and these opportunities are vital to my future career as a percussionist."

Postgraduate community

"Postgraduate life is what you make it. I have been to many student-led events to meet new people and have greatly enjoyed that. Being involved in conferences and the attitude of staff towards postgraduate students is something I really appreciate. There is mutual respect and lots of opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations that make Newcastle a vibrant and exciting institution."

Funding my studies

"The funding database was extremely helpful when finding information about funding, but I also contacted the School secretary who also helped clarify the opportunities for funding. I was given information about the Florence Hilda Yates Scholarship, which I was awarded to fund my studies. I have used my scholarship for tuition fees and my personal allowance is funded through inheritance."

Career aspirations

"I aspire to be a professional musician. Newcastle has offered me the support whilst I set up my future work, but also made networking possible in and outside of the city, through academic and artistic events."


"I live in the same student house, one rented from a private landlord, which I occupied during my undergraduate degree."

Living in Newcastle

"I really enjoy the atmosphere of Newcastle, the friendliness of the people and the international stores found in Fenham."

Remembering Newcastle

"The highlight of my time as a postgraduate so far is being able to create new projects and specialise on my favourite instrument."