The purpose of the MMus degree is to train students to advanced levels in the academic, practical and technical areas of music.
The programme is distinctive in its range of musicological, vocational and practice-based elements. You will benefit from the diversity of the Departments research strengths and its reputation for excellent teaching.
You will take a core research training module which develops academic, writing and presentational skills, as well as providing an introduction to contemporary developments in musical research and practice. You will then take a module related to your chosen pathway and choose two from a wide range of optional modules. Having completed the Postgraduate Diploma stage of the programme, you will progress to Masters stage and submit a folio of work in your chosen specialism.
The flexibility of the MMus can help prepare you for a variety of careers including performance, composition, teaching, arts administration and music journalism. The programme also provides ideal preparation for future research work at PhD level.
The MMus offers the following specialist pathways:
* Creative Practice
* Popular Musicology
Optional modules include:
* Case Studies
* Cultural Theory and Music
* Screen Music Studies
* Critical Musicology
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.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council offers a variety of studentships. Applications are usually made in the spring before a programme begins. Applicants should contact the Programme Director for information about University and Departmental funding opportunities.