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    This MA programme examines music from an anthropological perspective and offers an opportunity to study a wide range of musical traditions in different cultural contexts. The course will draw upon the research expertise of scholars both within and outside the School of Music, including academic staff at centres dedicated to the study of relevant cultural and religious interests, such as the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK (CSIUK).

    The programme aims to provide students with a solid basis in research techniques and methodology and to develop students critical independence, intellectual curiosity and integrity.

    There is a range of modules on offer, covering cross-cultural issues, practical and theoretical training, and theoretical and contextual aspects of ethnomusicology. Those students who wish to embrace outlooks from a parallel sub-discipline will be able to choose from the full range of MA modules for part of their studies. The other relevant MA programmes are MA in Music, Culture and Politics and MA in Musicology.

    Students take five modules in Stage 1 which, once successfully completed, is followed by a final dissertation or project. For the pattern of part-time study in Stage 1, please consult the School.

    Stage 1:

    Autumn core modules:

    * MA Research Skills
    * Methods in Ethnomusicology
    * Anthropology of Music
    * The World of Music
    * Music and Discourse

    Spring

    Students on all MA courses choose from a range of modules. The Spring modules offered to last years MA students were:

    * Nationalism
    * Gender and Identity
    * Ethnicity in Western Music
    * Music of the Middle East
    * Music of Africa
    * The Romance of Counterpoint
    * Music and Politics in the 1960s
    * Postmodernism
    * Music in Nazi Germany
    * Music and Discourse

    This information is offered as a guide only and does not guarantee that these modules will run during 2013-14.

    Stage 2 - project/dissertation

    * Dissertation (15,000 words) or another approved project.

    This MA programme examines music from an anthropological perspective and offers an opportunity to study a wide range of musical traditions in different cultural contexts. The course will draw upon the research expertise of scholars both within and outside the School of Music, including academic staff at centres dedicated to the study of relevant cultural and religious interests, such as the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK (CSIUK).

    The programme aims to provide students with a solid basis in research techniques and methodology and to develop students critical independence, intellectual curiosity and integrity.

    There is a range of modules on offer, covering cross-cultural issues, practical and theoretical training, and theoretical and contextual aspects of ethnomusicology. Those students who wish to embrace outlooks from a parallel sub-discipline will be able to choose from the full range of MA modules for part of their studies. The other relevant MA programmes are MA in Music, Culture and Politics and MA in Musicology.

    Students take five modules in Stage 1 which, once successfully completed, is followed by a final dissertation or project. For the pattern of part-time study in Stage 1, please consult the School.

    Stage 1:

    Autumn core modules:

    * MA Research Skills
    * Methods in Ethnomusicology
    * Anthropology of Music
    * The World of Music
    * Music and Discourse

    Spring

    Students on all MA courses choose from a range of modules. The Spring modules offered to last years MA students were:

    * Nationalism
    * Gender and Identity
    * Ethnicity in Western Music
    * Music of the Middle East
    * Music of Africa
    * The Romance of Counterpoint
    * Music and Politics in the 1960s
    * Postmodernism
    * Music in Nazi Germany
    * Music and Discourse

    This information is offered as a guide only and does not guarantee that these modules will run during 2013-14.

    Stage 2 - project/dissertation

    * Dissertation (15,000 words) or another approved project.

    Available Modules
    MA Research Skills: This module, shared with students taking other MA programmes in Music, covers practical topics including music bibliography, information technology, music editing and academic writing.

    Methods in Ethnomusicology: Students are provided with a practical knowledge of research methods in ethnomusicology with a particular focus on analytical techniques and technological skills.

    Anthropology of Music: This module provides a thorough grounding in the history of theory in ethnomusicology. It focuses upon the significance of anthropological theory for the discipline, showing how different traditions and styles of anthropological inquiry inform ethnomusicological research.

    The World of Music: Employing practical and theoretical techniques learned in the Autumn Semester, students will study the traditional musics of Europe and the musical traditions of Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australasia.

    Music and Discourse: This module examines the methodological problems associated with musical discourse.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Suitable for graduates in music and/or anthropology; applicants in cognate areas will also be considered.Applicants should possess or expect to obtain a first or upper second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent. In addition, applicants should supply evidence of appropriate skills in written and spoken English (usually via a score of 570 on TOEFL (230 on computer based marking) or band 6.5 on IELTS) and, if relevant, foreign language skills. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Cardiff School of Music is able to offer a scholarship (for reduction in programme fees) of £600 to all UK/EU students studying full-time. For UK/EU students studying part-time a scholarship of £300 is available for each year of the course.

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