MA Music

Bangor University

Program Description

MA Music

Bangor University

Course Structure

Part 1 (Diploma):

In addition to the Principal Subject, in which the student specialises; up to three additional subjects can be studied. Total of 120 credits.

Part 2 (MA):

Normally consists of a dissertation, composition portfolio, or critical edition (in the area of the Principal Subject). Total of 60 credits.

The course combines specialisation in one area (including Historical Musicology, Editorial Musicology, Composition, Solo Performance) with further training in up to three complimentary areas.

The range of choice on this course makes it one of the most flexible MA programmes in the UK. Students can make their education as broad or narrow as they wish. For those with a single-minded interest in one area specialised degrees are available.

The programme is divided into two parts: two semesters of taught study (Part I, 120 credits) and a substantial independent piece of work in the main area, produced over the summer (Part II, 60 credits).

Part 1 is centred on the Principal Subject module (WMM4044, 40 credits) in the student’s main area of interest. It lays the foundations of a Part 2 project in the same area. The following subjects are available:

  • Historical Musicology
  • Editorial Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Celtic Traditional Music
  • Music in Wales
  • Music and the Christian Church
  • Composition
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Composing Film Music
  • Studying Film Music
  • Solo Performance
  • Sacred Music Studies
  • Early Music
  • 20th-/21st-century Music
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

  • First degree at British Bachelor’s standard: 2(i) or equivalent.
  • English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers): IELTS overall result of 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5.
  • Performers will have to audition or, alternatively, submit a recent unedited recorded video performance, featuring contrasting repertoire (25-30 minutes).
  • Musicologists and composers may be asked to submit samples of their work.

Last updated February 10, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
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Start date Aug., 2017
United Kingdom Bangor, Wales
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