Study Music in United Kingdom

Study Music in United Kingdom

Studying Music

Music studies the art of combining sounds that express ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, sounds that are reproduced by the human voice or various music instruments. As a performing art, a music degree prepares students to be professional musicians or for a career in teaching.

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Studying in United Kingdom

The UK has one of the most cosmopolitan societies within Europe and you will study with people from all over the world. The variety of universities and degrees is broad and degrees will be accepted worldwide.

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147 Music Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.A. Music

The MA in Music from Bangor University allows you to develop and refine your knowledge and understanding in areas of musicological and/or ethnomusicological study. 

School of Music
Preparation Course FD in Music and Production (HEFCE) Yr1 Programme

The programme offers a unique opportunity to develop specialist skills while engaging with a broad range of music practices, thus equipping producers and musicians for the complexities of early 21st century music production. This FD in Music and Production (HEFCE) Yr1 Programme is offered by Lewisham and Southwark College.

Master of Music Music (Performance, Composition, Musicology)

Students in the Music (Performance, Composition, Musicology) programme at University of Southampton benefit from intensive one-to-one instruction with world-leading experts in music history, cultural studies of music, performance studies and analysis; internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers; and prominent composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music (including film, television and video game music) and jazz.

Humanities
M.A. Cultural Diplomacy and International Music

The MA Cultural Diplomacy and International Music from University of the West of Scotland is delivered jointly by University of the West of Scotland in Paisley and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin. Students will attend the Paisley campus in trimester one before studying in Berlin in trimester two.

School of Media Culture and Society
M.A. Music

This degree course is for those who want to develop their research and analytical skills and upgrade their qualifications. It will suit anyone with appropriate entry qualifications who has a passion for music and is looking for an intellectual challenge.

M.A. Music Part 1

This module is the first part of the MA in Music, which is taught and assessed entirely online. It introduces a wide range of music research skills in the context of the ‘digital humanities’ (the use of computers and the internet for research and study). Several topics and themes are included in the programme that will help you think in new ways about written documents about music; musical criticism; musical performances; and ethnographical approaches to music. Music databases contained in the Open University’s online library (one of the largest in the world) are central to this module. This module has a wide cultural and thematic breadth: all students engage with a range of western, non-western and popular music. The module is accessible and relevant to those who have a vocational or leisure interest in music.

M.A. Music

If you have a broad range of musical interests and would prefer not to specialise your studies, this course is ideal. It aims to develop a range of musical and critical skills and knowledge; encourage initiative, creativity, critical evaluation and independence of thought; develop a systematic understanding of relevant musical knowledge and a critical awareness of contemporary issues; and provide knowledge of research practices, enabling you to undertake a substantial individual dissertation or composition project.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. MRes Computer Music

The future of the music industry lies with computer technology – and what we can do with that technology. It affects how we create, perform and distribute music.

M.Litt. Popular Music

The Popular Music programme at University of Glasgow gives students the unique opportunity to develop critical understandings of the music industries and popular music, as well as gaining practical experience in a music industries-related organisation.

School of Culture and Creative Arts
Master Composition/Electroacoustic Composition/Sonic Art (MMus/Dip)

The MMus in Composition and Sonic Art, Bangor University allows you to develop your skills and understanding of contemporary practices in music composition and sonic art. The programme will equip you with the knowledge required to compose in a range of styles and genres, while enabling you to develop high-level skills in a compositional field of your choice.

School of Music
M.Phil. Music (MPhil)

Goldsmiths’ Department of Music has a lively and varied research base, large postgraduate community, active performing tradition, and offers proximity to London’s resources. Staff research interests are correspondingly diverse and wide-ranging, and we offer research supervision in any of these areas of specialism.

Department of Music
M.A. Composition of Music for Film and Television

The Composition of Music for Film and Television programme from University of Bristol provides professional training in composition for screen media. Taught by staff and guest composers from the professional world, you will develop a strong technological foundation in the subject, along with specialist understanding of television and screen scoring.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Music

Join one of the UK’s leading institutions environments for the study of music, combining world-leading research, exceptional teaching and a vibrant musical community in the heart of global London.

School of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Music Psychology in Education/ (Distance Learning)

Music Psychology in Education offers the opportunity for you to specialise in educational research in your second year. The first year of the course follows the same programme as Psychology for Musicians, but you will be able to select essay titles that emphasise the educational aspects of each module. You will then complete a `Readings in Music Education´ module, followed by dissertation research on an aspect of musical learning, informed by music psychology theory and methods.

Department of Arts & Humanities
M.A. Contemporary Arts and Music (PGDip)

The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music (PGDip) from Oxford Brookes University offers a comprehensive introduction to creative strategies and practice-based research methodologies for developing innovative contemporary arts and music and enabling an in depth development of your concerns and interests. It provides an excellent basis for both doctoral research and ongoing independent practice.

School of Arts
M.A. Music: Open Pathway without Performance

The MA Music: Open Pathway without Performance from the University of Birmingham offers you the opportunity to chart your own route within this exciting world. In consultation with the programme convenor you will design a unique course of study, drawing upon our extensive offerings in Musicology, Composition, and Performance.

Department of Music
Postgrad.Dip. Graduate Diploma in Music

This Diploma is a Pre-Masters programme aimed at postgraduate students who need a year to develop or consolidate their language skills in academic English, to develop additional music skills (theoretical or practical).

Department of Music
Master Critical and Experimental Composition

Develop your creativity and technical fluency with this specialised programme, which allows you to specialise in composition while maintaining an interest in different aspects of music. The Critical and Experimental Composition programme is offered by the University of Leeds.

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications
M.A. Opera Performance

This Opera Performance course from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama will allow you to focus upon Opera Performance, providing opportunities to receive specialist training in opera skills, movement, acting, stagecraft, European languages and ensemble skills as part of a dedicated MA programme.

Music
MMus Musical Instrument Research

The Musical Instrument Research - MMus programme at The University of Edinburgh develops skills in the critical study of musical instruments, and familiarises students with the examination of historic instruments, and with the evaluation of documentary information sources and iconography.

Reid School of Music
M.A. Music: Mixed Composition pathway

Music as a creative art form in the 21st century can combine both tradition and innovation, bringing together instruments and the latest in high technology. As a composer today all of these resources are available to you, and the Music: Mixed Composition pathway from the University of Birmingham aims to foster your skills as you navigate this exciting new world.

Department of Music
M.Litt. Music

Our Music MLitt enables you to develop a flexible individual research programme in classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music, applying approaches of interest to you (eg historiographic, theoretical, cultural, critical), under the supervision of specialists who are leaders in their field.

School of Arts and Cultures
M.A. Music for the Moving Image

Writing music for the moving image requires a unique combination of technical and creative skills. This course aims to give you a critical appreciation of the theory together with a solid grounding in the techniques and practices essential for contemporary film and television music production.

Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
M.A. Music Production

This course offers you practical and theoretical experience in the creative and innovative applications of music technology in a studio environment. You will work alongside experienced industry professionals, exploring the technical and creative skills of recording, arranging, mixing and mastering to develop a wide range of commercial and non-commercial musical scores.

Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
M.A. MA Musical Theatre

This Musical Theatre course from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has been specifically designed to meet industry demands for musical theatre practitioners who are strong in the interdependent disciplines of acting, singing and dancing.

Acting
Master Composition (Electronic Music)

The course is aimed equally at composers of electronic music in the traditional sense, and contemporary artists who may combine the role of composer with producer, engineer, musician and DJ. London College of Music (LCM) at the University of West London is at the forefront of the academic study of music technology in general - and popular electronic music composition in particular.

London College of Music
M.A. The Beatles, Popular Music and Society

This MA will be of interest to those working in the fields of popular music studies, cultural studies, social anthropology, politics, gender studies, and musicology, among others. Such a course is an essential addition to the discipline of Popular Music Studies.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.A. Music Technology

Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, ethnomusicologists, theorists, visual artists and curators.

School of Music and Fine Art
Master Production of Popular Music

This course will enable you to study popular music from a practical perspective with an emphasis on music production and songwriting. For your final major project you will focus on composition and production within the popular music genre, producing an extended professional-quality album of your popular music compositions/covers.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Music (MA)

This MA is an opportunity to challenge yourself academically and musically, while developing a specialism in a research-led university environment. 

Cardiff School of Music
Postgrad.Cert. Sounds of Intent

This one year part-time, postgraduate certificate is an internationally unique opportunity to be part of the most exciting new area of work currently happening in the field of music and special educational needs. You will be introduced to the ‘Sounds of Intent’ music-developmental framework and learn how to use the resources and assessment tool available through the website. The course has both theoretical and practical elements, and is assessed through essays, a portfolio of work and a placement.

MMus / PgCert / PgD Vocal Performance

Whether you're a recent graduate or returning to study after a break, our postgraduate programmes in Vocal Performance provide you with advanced-level training in singing. You're encouraged and enabled to broaden both your experience as a singer, as well your repertoire, at the same time providing you with the chance to specialise if you wish. The Vocal Performance programme is offered at Birmingham City University.

MMus Composition

The Composition - MMus programme at The University of Edinburgh is delivered by a team of active composers, whose significant reputations as both artists and teachers in the world of composition will prove both inspirational and invaluable.

Reid School of Music
Postgrad.Cert. Secondary Education Music

The Middlesex PGCE Secondary Music course is one year full-time. It equips you to inspire pupils through the use of engaging interactive workshops, lectures and structured debates. You receive personal attention through regular tutor visits to school placements and individual tutorials. Schools are carefully selected to suit individuals and expose them to imaginative and thought provoking teaching and learning strategies.

School of Health and Education
M.A. Music (PGDip/ PGCert)

The MA in Music (PGDip/ PGCert) from Oxford Brookes University offers advanced training in either musicology or composition. The modular structure allows students to pursue a broad generalist programme or to specialise in a particular area of their choice.

School of Arts
M.A. Songwriting

Bath Spa has pioneered the teaching of songwriting, launching the world's first Songwriting Masters degree in 2007. Its blend of practical, theoretical and scholarly practice is taught by published, practising songwriters, working alongside academics with songwriting-specific research expertise.

School of Music and Performing Arts
M.A. Sound Design

Explore the creative and technical aspects of location sound, studio sound production and sound design.

Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
M.Phil. Music Studies

The MPhil in Music Studies is an integrated programme with tracks in Musicology, Theory, analysis and criticism, Ethnomusicology, Jazz, popular and media music; Performance Studies, Music and science and Composition. Teaching is through supervisions and seminars, and assessment is by coursework and a final thesis.

MMus / PgCert / PgDi Jazz

Birmingham Conservatoire is renowned for its Jazz courses. Designed for recent graduates and suitably qualified mature students, our taught postgraduate courses in Jazz provide bespoke advanced-level tuition to Jazz musicians, whether as performers or instigators. The Jazz programme is offered at Birmingham City University.

School of Music and Theatre
Postgrad.Dip. Performance

The LCM's postgraduate course in Performance offers a generous provision of one-to-one instrumental tuition with internationally renowned recitalists. This performance course provides a range of fascinating modules which support and extend practical musicianship.

London College of Music
MMus / PgDip Orchestral Performance (Strings)

Developed in partnership with the CBSO, our MMus and PgDip courses in Orchestral Performance (Strings) at Birmingham City University enable advanced-level string players to focus on their development as orchestral musicians.

School of Music and Theatre
M.A. Music and Development

This unique Music and Development MA has been designed for students wishing to combine an interest in music and related cultural performance with advocacy and social development practice.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.A. Music Therapy

MA Music Therapy offered by the University of South Wales, provides students with a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) qualified Music Therapist.

Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries
M.A. 20th - and 21st - Century Music - PGDip, PGCert

The 20th- and 21st-Century Music MA (Standard Track) allows students to specialise in music after 1900. Typically students this area will be approached through a combination of different angles, such as historical musicology, analysis, performance and composition.

School of Music
Master Performance

This challenging Performance programme at the University of Leeds will allow you to expand your repertoire and hone your skills as a performer, while giving you the confidence to apply critical approaches to the study of music and its performance.

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications
Master Composition

The MusM in Composition offers intensive training for composers and provides excellent preparation for doctoral work or a career in the professional world. With a strong focus on practical music making and supported by an outstanding programme of workshops and performances by professional musicians, it offers an invaluable opportunity for composers to hone their skills and develop their personal voice.

School of Arts, Histories and Cultures
Master Electronics with Music and Audio Systems MEng (Hons)

This programme uses mathematics and engineering techniques to enable you to understand how technology is applied to music and audio. You will learn how computers and electronics shape electronic musical instruments, digital audio systems, music downloads, sound effects and games. In addition to a team project in your second year, you will complete an individual final-year project that will be supervised by a researcher in our world-leading Centre for Digital Music (C4DM).

M.Sc. Music Technology

The MA/MSc/Diploma in Music Technology is a course unlike any other. Based in contemporary practice and research, the Music Technology Masters course offers a detailed insight into the inner workings of both digital music and technology.

M.A. Musical Theatre

This unique MA will enhance your critical understanding of the musical theatre as a popular entertainment genre. It will help you to sharpen your practical skills as a creative artist; on a practical level, it will assist you in working as a freelance writer, composer or producer of musical theatre.

Department of Theatre and Performance
Master Music Performance

This course aims to create informed, skilled and insightful performers across a wide range of musical genres. It is ideal if you aspire to become a professional performer or are an instrumental teacher and would like to further develop your knowledge of music performance. You will receive individual tuition on your instrument or voice from a top professional performer.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
M.Sc. Acoustics and Music Technology

Taking the science of musical sound as your focus, you’ll work in a cross-disciplinary environment, using theoretical and experimental work to explore the musical, technical and multimedia applications of acoustics and audio technology. The Acoustics and Music Technology programme is offered at The University of Edinburgh.

Reid School of Music
M.A. Music: Performance Pathway

University of Birmingham offers the Music MA: Performance pathway programme. You will become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment

Department of Music
M.A. Critical and Applied Musicology

The Critical and Applied Musicology programme at the University of Leeds allows you to study the critical theories and perspectives that have influenced the way we study music – how it is composed and performed as well as the role it plays in different communities.

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications
M.A. Music Therapy

Become a qualified music therapist to facilitate people’s move towards well-being through specific therapeutic aims using a primarily non-verbal relationship in music. Music Therapy as practised in Great Britain is largely based on improvisation, the music being the shared, and the spontaneous creation of client and therapist.

Master Historically Informed Performance Practice

This Historically Informed Performance Practice Masters at University of Glasgow will provide you with opportunities to develop insight and experience in historical performance practice of music. The MMus, taught jointly with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), combines vocal or instrumental study with performance-related academic research and an element of apprenticeship with professional ensembles.

School of Culture and Creative Arts
M.A. World Music Studies

World Music Studies is intended for musicians, educators and enthusiasts who would like to know more about the music of the world and the academic discipline that studies it, ethnomusicology.

Department of Arts & Humanities
M.A. Psychology for Musicans (Distance Learning)

Psychology for Musicians welcomed its first students in August 1997, and has since expanded in numbers and geographical distance, drawing students from Canada, Greece, Iceland, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, as well as the UK. The course focuses on the application of psychological research to musical experiences and professions, and aims to attract graduate musicians who work in the fields of music therapy, performance, or teaching.

Department of Arts & Humanities
M.Eng. Acoustical Engineering - BEng

Southampton’s BEng/MEng Acoustical Engineering degree combines a thorough grounding in the skills all engineers need with concentrated specialisation acoustics, vibration and their human effects.

Sound and Vibration
M.A. Applied Psychology of Music

If you have a background in music or psychology, the Applied Psychology of Music programme from the University of Leeds will allow you to study existing research and theories in the psychology of music while continuing to follow your own musical interests.

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications
M.A. Music: Open Pathway with Performance

The Music: Open Pathway with Performance offers you the opportunity to chart your own route within this exciting world. In consultation with the programme convenor you will design a unique course of study, drawing upon our extensive offerings in Musicology, Composition, and Performance.

Department of Music
M.A. Orchestral Performance (PGDIP/MMus)

Orchestral Performance programmes from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama are available as MMus, MA and Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) awards on the following instruments; Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn (French), Oboe, Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani, Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Tenor), Trumpet and Tuba.

Music
Master Performance, MMus

This Master Performance, MMus degree programme from SOAS University of London is designed for students who wish to specialise in performance while studying for an academic degree. Students have the unique opportunity to develop performance in specific Asian and African music traditions to professional standard.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
M.A. Music

This flexible Music programme from University of Bristol has pathways in Composition, Medieval Music, Musicology, Music Theory, Performance, Practical Performance, and Russian Music.

Faculty of Arts
M.Sc. Audio Engineering

From the science and maths that goes into ensuring thousands of fans enjoy the same experience at a gig, to public speeches and designing studios - audio engineering plays a major role in the delivery of music and sound. Our course is unique in that it combines the study of acoustics, audio system design and software engineering. In fact, you'll develop an understanding of everything in which audio plays a part and the science behind it.

Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
Master MMus (Pathways: Musicology, Composition, Performance)

The MMus (Pathways: Musicology, Composition, Performance) course from The University of Hull is aimed at those who have a particular interest in pursuing their study of music to a higher level and equips students with a wide range of transferable skills. Obtaining the MMus opens up career possibilities in music and in many other fields where skills in critical enquiry and a demonstration of advanced aptitude are essential.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences