Music

Course contact

David Scott, Holly Tessler, Paul McGeechan
David.scott@uws.ac.uk, Holly.tessler@uws.ac.uk, Paul.mcgeechan@uws.ac.uk
01292 886453, 01292886361, 01292 886456

Qualifications and durations

MA: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Campus

Start date(s)

  • January and September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
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MA Music framework, comprising:

  • MA Music (Industries)
  • MA Music (Sound Production)*
  • MA Music (Songwriting)
  • MA Music (generic programme)

 

  • Entry to the MA is open to those possessing an Honours degree (minimum lower second) or equivalent.
  • The programme may permit entry to the course where significant professional or other experience is demonstrated and deemed appropriate to the level of study.
  • Entry is subject to interview and presentation of a satisfactory professional portfolio

Popular music and the practices around its production and distribution form a vital and important part of contemporary culture and economy. The MA Music Framework reflects this in providing a broad range of student-centred, personalised and distinctive learning and teaching experiences underpinned by professionally relevant research, knowledge exchange and enterprise strongly aligned to songwriting, production and the music industries.

Core subjects across the framework include songwriting / production to industry briefs, recording studio practice, the study of global music industries, creative practice-led research and professional practice. Collaboration is central to the music industries and the MA Music framework recognises this, allowing students the opportunity to specialise while developing new collaborative professional networks and approaches to interdisciplinary working.

The programmes are aimed at students who already possess a relevant undergraduate degree and practitioners who wish to develop a range of specialised music and business skills and to engage in higher level academic discourse around contemporary popular music practice and industry.

Strongly focused on the production of real-world, marketable outputs and current relevant research the programmes are suitable for a range of students from those seeking a higher level qualification to gain access to employment to those seeking to enhance and support self-employment within the arts and the wider creative landscape.

Key Features

  • Professionally focused, real-world music outputs
  • Flexible study routes
  • Specialisms in Songwriting, Sound Production or Industry
  • Input from industry

MA Music (Songwriting) is intended for students interested in the practice of songwriting and composition, with a focus on practice-based / inquiry-based research, collaboration and the cultural contexts within which songwriters work. Students will work towards the release of an album or equivalent professionally focused output.

MA (Sound Production)* is intended for students with an interest in the technical aspects of music production. Working in UWS’s professional-quality studios, students will develop skills and competencies intended for work in environments including studios, production houses, live music venues and new media enterprises.

MA Music (Industries) is intended for students with an interest in the businesses, processes and developments that underpin work within the music industries as well as the creative and cultural industries more broadly.

Our bespoke MA Music degree is intended for students who have a broad interest in the creative, technical and industrial elements of music. Students in the MA Music degree will be able to design their own flexible and personalised curriculum, drawing from modules across the three specialised fields (songwriting, sound production, industries).

    MA Music (Songwriting)
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    The programme offers an opportunity for songwriters and performers to develop skills and knowledge at the forefront of music practice and to build their career, considering their creative work in professional contexts both in terms of quality of material and the expectations of audiences and industry. Students will investigate song structure, melody, lyric and arrangement, writing collaboratively and individually to a range of prescribed briefs and delivering within professional timescales. The analysis of songs and songwriting techniques will be explored in theory and practice with an opportunity to consider the ways in which a range of methodologies can be applied as research and creative tools. The Masters Creative Project provides an opportunity for students to undertake a major piece of creative practice-led research culminating in the release of an album, series of performances or other relevant output. The degree will be of interest to students with a background in a wide range of subjects and to professional musicians and creative practitioners.

    MA Music (Sound Production)
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    The programme offers an opportunity for musicians, engineers and producers to develop skills and knowledge at the forefront of music practice and to build aspects of their career, considering their creative work in professional contexts both in terms of quality of material and the expectations of audiences and industry. Students will investigate all aspects of sound production including recording, editing, manipulation, mixing and delivery of master quality artifacts both collaboratively and individually to a range of prescribed briefs and delivering within professional timescales. The analysis of sound production techniques will be explored in theory and practice with an opportunity to consider the ways in which a range of methodologies can be applied as research and creative tools. This will broaden your professional practice and your understanding of both practical and theoretical aspects of music recording and production processes.

    The Masters Creative Project provides an opportunity for students to undertake a major piece of creative practice-led research culminating in the release of an album, series of audio works or other relevant output. The degree will be of interest to students with a background in a wide range of subjects and to professional musicians, sound engineers, producers and creative practitioners.

    MA Music (Industries)
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    The programme offers an opportunity for students to develop skills and knowledge at the forefront of music practice to build aspects of their career, considering the interplay of creativity, innovation and industry in both professional and scholarly contexts. Students will investigate the music industries from a range of perspectives and expectations: business and corporate structures, audiences and consumer behaviour, music production and management, history and sociology of popular music and popular culture amongst them. The overarching principle of the programme is for students to explore how the skills, opportunities and creativity specific to the music industries are intertwined with the practices and principles of business and entrepreneurship more broadly. The Masters Creative Project / Dissertation option within the final trimester provides an opportunity for students to undertake a major piece of original research culminating with the development of a business plan, dissertation or practice-led sector analysis underpinned by work-based-learning or internship experience. The degree will be of interest to students with a background in a wide range of subjects and to professional musicians and creative practitioners.


    In addition, our bespoke MA Music degree is intended for students who have a broad interest in the creative, technical and industrial elements of music. Students in the MA Music degree will be able to design their own flexible and personalised curriculum, drawing from modules across the three specialised fields (songwriting, sound production, industries).
    Work-related learning underpins both the programme and its distinct pathways through externally-facing assessments and professionally focused briefs. There will be an opportunity to engage in live community music projects – a growing employment sector within the music industries – and other live events.

    Useful Information

    • * MA Music (Sound Production) offered at Ayr Campups only