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5811F - Music MMus

Music MMus

Start in: September 2021

This research-based course offers a flexible route to advanced musical study including classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional.

Overview

This is a flexible research-based Master of Music.

Practitioners are able to study in areas such as:

  • performance
  • composition
  • studio-based work
  • improvisation
  • sound-art
  • mixed media

You can focus on any one of these or blend 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
  • music theory and analysis

It's also possible to combine practice-based and musicologically orientated projects.

The MMus can be regarded as a qualification in its own right, but also offers preparation for doctoral study, not least because of the strong research emphasis.

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What you'll learn

The MMus course comprises of compulsory and optional modules.

All students – part-time and full-time – are required to complete the Music Research Training module across their first two semesters of study.

The Music Masters Research Training module teaches essential skills and methodologies for the rest of the research-focused course. A series of four 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.

The list of projects varies from year to year, but the following is a typical menu:

  • Debates in the Philosophy and Theory of Music
  • Popular Music and the Politics of Authenticity
  • Advanced studies in Musics of the Holocaust
  • Popular Music before Sound Recording
  • Advanced Studies in Ethnomusicology
  • Wild Pop
  • Indian Music for Postgraduates
  • Studies in Early Music
  • Case Studies in Music History
  • Popular Music Policy: Context and Case Studies
  • Music Analysis for Postgraduates

Modules

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.

How you'll learn

 

Your future

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

We have outstanding specialist music facilities. Our £4.5m purpose-built Music Studios were 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 provides access to

  • extensive music collections (including a number of important manuscript and microfilm collections)
  • subscriptions to many specialist music journals
  • a significant body of online resources
  • The library is widely recognised for the supportive service it offers students and staff.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Applications for 2022/23
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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Karen Robb
School Postgraduate Research and Operations Administrator
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3509
Email: pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk

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