M.A. Ethnomusicology

University of Sheffield

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA in Ethnomusicology can be read full-time or part-time.

Ethnomusicologists seek to understand the whole human process within which music is imagined, discussed and made, relating specific musical sounds, behaviours and ideas to their broader social, cultural and political contexts.

Studying individuals and societies all around the world, including the West, we aim to discover and document human musical life in its full richness and diversity. Sheffield's MA programme offers a thorough and distinctive training in ethnomusicology, paying attention to both theory and practice.

We take particular note of the fact that many applicants are interested in studying their own musical traditions, and have designed a course structure and academic environment that encourages this, while providing a grounding in the broader literature and methods of the discipline. A final dissertation completes the degree.

Course Content
* Readings in ethnomusicology
* Ethnomusicological research methods
* Performing world music
* Critique of research
* Seminar in World Music traditions
* Either 15,000-word dissertation or folio (eg. fieldwork materials, editorial work or analyses) plus optional module on a relevant topic
* Or 20,000-word dissertation or extended folio


Teaching * Seminars
* Individual tutorials
* Fieldwork exercise

* Coursework
* Dissertation
* Seven-day paper


Entry Requirements

At least a good second-class honours degree or international equivalent in music, or combined degree with substantial music component. In some cases, a degree in anthropology, drama, education, psychology or another subject is acceptable, as may be equivalent life experience or a performance diploma from a conservatoire or academy.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take a suitable test, eg. IELTS, minimum score 6.5; TOEFL, minimum score 575, plus a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English, or minimum of 232 in the computer-based TOEFL.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)

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