MA Music

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Course length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This flexible MA programme has pathways in Composition, Medieval Music, Musicology, Performance, Practical Performance, and Russian Music.

Modules taken vary according to the pathway chosen, but all include basic music training such as Research Skills for Musicians, specialised units specific to the pathway, and a large menu of optional units. These are followed by a major project: a musicological dissertation or edition for musicologists (including those on the Russian Music and Medieval Music pathways), a minor and a major recital for performers, and a portfolio of compositions for composers.

The content of this MA programme relates closely to the research interests of the academic staff.

 

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£6,500
Overseas
£15,200

Part time fees

UK/EU
£3,250

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

All students take the Research Skills for Musicians unit (20 credits)

Please note, optional units can vary each year but may include:

Composition Pathway

  • Contemporary Compositional Ideas and Techniques (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Professional Composing (20 credits)
  • Two optional units (20 credits)
  • Portfolio of Compositions (60 credits)

Medieval Music Pathway

  • Readings in Musicology (40 credits)
  • Latin (20 credits)
  • Two optional units (20 credits each)
  • Dissertation or Edition (60 credits)

Musicology Pathway

  • Readings in Musicology (40 credits)
  • Source Study, Palaeography and Editorial Techniques (20 credits)
  • Two optional units (20 credits each)
  • Dissertation or Edition (60 credits)

Performance Pathway

  • Readings in Musicology (40 credits)
  • Source Study, Palaeography and Editorial Techniques (20 credits)
  • Two optional units (20 credits each)
  • Performance (60 credits)

Practical Performance Pathway

  • Source Study, Palaeography and Editorial Techniques (20 credits)
  • Four optional units (20 credits each)
  • Performance (60 credits)

Russian Music Pathway

  • Readings in Musicology (40 credits)
  • Russian (20 credits)
  • Two optional units (20 credits each)
  • Dissertation or Edition (60 credits)

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) with suitable skills and experience in music. All applicants will be asked a series of subject-specific questions as part of the application. Applicants for Composition, Performance and Practical Performance are required to submit a portfolio of work. For further information on the required portfolio please see the Portfolio Requirements. Non-traditional qualifications may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2016

Careers

Students who completed the MA in Music have gone into careers as musicians, senior music assistants, organ scholars and self-employed composers. A number of MA graduates have also become music teachers.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 35% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 39% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 26% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8458 Email: artf-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts http://www.bristol.ac.uk/music/

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