Our MA Music framework provides a broad range of personalised learning experiences underpinned by professionally relevant research and enterprise that is strongly aligned to:Songwriting;Production;Music industries. The master's will deepen your expertise in the authorship, production and distribution of popular music. The following pathways exist:
MA Music (Songwriting) – aimed at those interested in the practice of song-writing and composition, with a focus on practice-based/inquiry-based research, collaboration and the cultural contexts within which songwriters work.
MA Music (Sound Production) – aimed at those with an interest in the technical and artistic aspects of music/audio production, with a focus on practice-based/inquiry-based research.
MA Music (Industries) – aimed at those with an interest in the businesses, processes and developments that underpin work within the music industries as well as the broader creative and cultural industries.
MA Music – this bespoke degree is intended for students who have a broad interest in the creative, technical and industrial elements of music.
Collaboration is central to the music industries and the MA Music framework reflects this, allowing you the opportunity to specialise while developing new collaborative professional networks and approaches to interdisciplinary working.
Our graduates have gone on to enjoy fulfilling careers within the arts and the wider creative landscape, often on a sustainable self-employed basis.
Traditional modes of thought in relation to many aspects of the music sector are now obsolete and larger, institutional processes have been superseded by more technologically democratic ways of conducting business. The rise of the ‘new artist model’ which places emphasis upon commercial autonomy by artists and practitioners within the music sector has also created the need for the development of a new music business skillset which this course addresses.
Liam Young, Graduate, Owner & Director 12 Radio Promotions
What qualifications do you need?
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
Entry to the MA is open to those with an Honours degree (minimum lower second - 2:2) or equivalent.
Applicants may gain 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 only.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for most courses
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
overall score 6.0
no sub-test less than 5.5
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 7.0
no sub-test less than 7.0
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0
no sub-test less than 4.5
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students. For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).
The MA Music framework consists of a common core of three modules that provide the foundation for you to specialise in one of the three named pathways – or design your own bespoke programme (MA Music).
MA Music (Songwriting)
MA Music (Sound Production)
MA Music (Industries)
All modules combine theory with practice, and students bring these themes together in an extended piece of creative research in the final MA project.
For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:
Analysing Creativity (core, 10 credits)
Professional Music Brief (core, 20 credits)
Creative Industries: Professional Practice (core, 20 credits)
Music (Songwriting) Pathway
Songwriting Workshop (core, 30 credits)
Research: Critical Development (core, 20 credits)
Music (Sound Production) Pathway
Soundscapes (core, 30 credits)
Research: Critical Development (core, 20 credits)
Music (Industries) Pathway
Global Music Industries (core, 30 credits)
Creative Research (core, 20 credits)
To complete the PgDip, you will require to successfully pass another 20 credits made up from optional modules which include:
Collaborative Project (core, 20 credits)
Social Media: Manipulation & Impact (core, 20 credits)
Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's dissertation module:
MA Music (Songwriting) Pathway
Masters Creative Project (core, 60 credits)
MA Music (Sound Production) Pathway
Masters Creative Project (core, 60 credits)
MA Music (Industries) Pathway
Masters Creative Project (optional, 60 credits)
Social Sciences Dissertation (optional, 60 credits)
Teaching & Assessment
A recognised innovative feature of our course is the opportunity for detailed study and experience across each pathway (songwriting, sound production and industries), as well as opportunity for professional collaboration between students in each pathway as well as with students in other creative media programmes, including filmmaking, television, radio, journalism and marketing.
Our MA Music course is delivered using a range of methods. Some of these methods include:
Classroom and studio delivery
Range of self-directed professional briefs
You will reflect on your learning using a combination of tutor and peer feedback.
The figures below describe the core modules:
LEARNING AND TEACHING
Scheduled learning: 15%
Independent study: 85%
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support
Tuition Fees & Additional Costs
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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