MA in Music: Music theory pathway

Main features

The standard pathway through our MA in Music focuses intensively on written work, with a 15,000-word dissertation for those specialising in Musicology. For students who have more interest in technical work, such as analysis, stylistic composition, performance practice and editing, there is our Music Theory Pathway. This gives students the opportunity to take units that are part of our undergraduate degree programme in addition to, or instead of,  core MA units.

More information is available on the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities website--MA Music


Programme of Study

Mandatory unit

Optional units

For further information about the MA options, see this year's unit booklets

  • Special Study 2 (20 credits each)**
  • Composing with Electronics (20 credits)
  • Further Written Techniques (20 credits)
  • Technical Studies 2: Baroque Composition
  • Each year, one or two units pertaining to Renaissance or Medieval Music are offered at level M (the topics change each year)
  • Readings in Musicology (40 credits)
  • An open unit from elsewhere in the university, chosen in consultation with the pathway convenor
  • Level I and Level H units in Music – chosen in consultation with the pathway convenor (no more than 20 credits may be taken at levels I and H). These include: any split-level history units with sufficient spaces remaining, and some technical units (for example, Transcription and Editing, Aesthetics and Criticism, third year Studio Project). To get a flavour of the units on offer in the current academic year, explore the Unit Catalogue for Level I and Level H Units

** taught as supervised independent studies


Application information

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