MA in Music
The MA in Music offers distinctive pathways in Music and Popular Culture, Music on Stage and on Screen, Music in 19th-Century Culture and Contemporary Practice in Composition. It provides you with a thorough grounding in advanced musical studies and can pave the way, where desired, to doctoral research.
Teaching learning and assessment
The MA in Music is taught through a combination of seminars, tutorials and skills-based workshops. Assessment methods include essays, student presentations, literature reviews, dissertations and (for composers) compositions using scores, recordings, software patches or live electronics, performances and installations.
During your time here you will be engaged in lively discussions and original research. We aim to give you an in-depth understanding of recent critical debates, scholarship and practice in your chosen field, as well as to broaden your knowledge of musical repertoire. Our pathways are original, exciting and flexible and one of the most striking features of the Music Department is its breadth of subject expertise. All staff members in Music, with whom MA students work closely, are actively engaged in research and we have published our work in top journals and with the most highly respected publishers.
Having a master’s qualification will make you stand out from the crowd, whether you are joining the MA straight after graduating or returning to study after a break of several years. Our master’s course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to embark upon a career in music or to improve your current position. However, the transferable skills you acquire through studying for an MA in Music can also lead to careers in many other sectors, including teaching, lecturing, publishing, arts administration, journalism, museum work, fundraising, higher education management and business.
Our programme provides the necessary research training for doctoral work and many MA students continue on into further research and pursue careers in academia.
Music at Brookes hosts three specialist research units, which postgraduate students are welcome to join. These are:
- OBERTO (Oxford Brookes: Exploring Research Trends in Opera)
- PMRU (The Popular Music Research Unit)
- SARU (The Sonic Art Research Unit)
You have access to the Bodleian Library and its satellite libraries in Oxford as well as to the first-rate libraries and research facilities here at Brookes.
The music department houses nine recently refurbished practice rooms, two dedicated music studios, a music technology room and a drum room.
- For UK students, a good honours degree, i.e. a 2:1 or 1st (not necessarily in Music)
- For EU/International students, a qualification equivalent to a good honours degree
If you do not meet the standard entry requirement it may be possible to consider your application based on evidence of other relevant personal and professional experience, the support of your referees and examples of written work.