Department of Music to offer new MA programmes in Musicology and Composition

image of studentsThe Department of Music is very pleased to announce the launch of two new MA programmes, in Composition and Musicology. The new courses will complement the existing taught MA programmes in Ethnomusicology, Performance, Sonic Arts and Music Psychology, reflecting the Department’s diverse research environment.

The MA in Composition is aimed at any individual wishing to further develop skills in the field of musical composition. It offers two broad path-ways: the first caters for instrumental composers and the second caters for electronic/electroacoustic composers. Within these pathways, students may explore a wide range of compositional styles, traditions and techniques and thus specialise in one of numerous different compositional areas or explore hybridised approaches to musical composition.

Accordingly, the MA in Composition offers an ideal opportunity for student composers to develop, refine and promote their own compositional voice within a creative environment that is both broad and inclusive. Teaching will be delivered by all four of our staff composers who have, in recent years, received numerous international awards and commissions, whilst publishing and performing their works in the many of the worlds most prestigious events and locations. For more information, please contact Adam Stansbie at

The aim of the new MA in Musicology is to provide a flexible structure within which students can develop their musicological skills and knowledge in order to become independent researchers. At the same time, a strong emphasis is placed on seminar-style teaching, whereby students will interact with each other as much as possible and take responsibility for their own intellectual development.

Importantly, the degree establishes a strong basis for doctoral-level work through the completion of a 20,000-word dissertation, supported by a Research Design module. Current trends in musicology will be discussed in a Critical Musicology module, while a Topics in Musicology module will give students the chance to carry out a piece of work in an area of the staff’s research expertise. Students will also take Research Techniques (Graduate Study Days) and Readings in Musicology modules, which will give them an opportunity to interact with other postgraduate students in an interdisciplinary environment. For more information, please contact Dominic McHugh at

There are several departmental funding sources to which prospective students can apply, including the Julian Payne and Gladys Hall tuition scholarships, details of which will be announced soon for 2014-15. They will also be eligible to apply for faculty- and university-administered awards. (See

The programmes are offered full time (1 year) and part time (2 years), as is the case with our other taught MA programmes, details of which can be found at