Study Music in United Kingdom

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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 moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.

164 Music Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.A. Music

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

School of Music
M.A. Music

This fascinating introduction to the methods and materials used for music research will suit professionals working in a wide range of music-related settings, and is also applicable if you have a leisure interest in music. This Music programme is offered by The Open University UK.

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 Business Management

The Music Business Management course from the University of Westminster is recognised highly in music business management education and will prepare you to become one of the next generation of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

University of Westminster - Faculty of Media, Arts and Design
M.A. Music Part 1

The online M.A. in Music Part 1 at The Open University UK offers the tools you need for music research and teaches you modern digital techniques used in music composition. The Master’s degree enhances practical skills of all music practitioners and offers access to an extensive online music database. Develop an understanding of music methodology and literature.

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. Music: Choral Conducting pathway

The unique MA Music: Choral Conducting pathway programme from the University of Birmingham is directed by Professor Simon Halsey CBE and is in association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its internationally renowned choruses and conductors. It gives students the opportunities to observe, conduct and sing every week.

Department of Music
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.A. Music: Performance Practice Pathway

The Music: Performance Practice Pathway programme from University of Birmingham is assessed by performance supported by written work which demonstrates a high level of ability in presenting, and reasoning from, historical evidence relating to performance practice.

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: British Music Studies pathway

This Music: British Music Studies pathway at the University of Birmingham takes the broadest perspective on modern British art music, offering case studies in the work of the ‘great composers’ of the tonal idiom, evaluation of the Anglican choral tradition and the British symphonic tradition, examination of the problematic status of modernism in British music before 1960.

Department of Music
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
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
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.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
Postgraduate Diploma 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).

Centre for English Language and Academic Writing
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
M.A. Music Performance

This is a practical performance-based MA where you will demonstrate your critical awareness of current practice in your own specialist area through your playing or singing.

Department of Music
Postgraduate Certificate 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.

School of Music and Theatre
M.A. Sound Design

Explore the creative and technical aspects of location, studio sound production and sound design. There are increasing numbers of freelancers and sole traders in sound design, and our course has been created to ensure that training opportunities remain within the industry, to keep skills current, while developing and encouraging new talent.

Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
MMus Composition

The Master’s degree in Composition offered by The University of Edinburgh develops the unique aesthetic styles of students, with the help of reputable composers. This Music Composition Master’s degree explores past and contemporary musical trends and better ways to present your work. Learn how to best manage your relationship with the performers, and develop your full creative potential.

Reid School of Music
Master Composition

Study Composition at Birmingham City University. In recent years, Birmingham Conservatoire's Composition department has produced outstanding contemporary artists such as Laura Mvula, Raffertie and Charlotte Bray.

School of Music and Theatre
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

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field.

School of Music and Performing Arts
M.A. Sound

Cover the spectrum of music, sound and technology appropriate to a wide range of work in existing and emerging sectors. 

School of Music and Performing Arts
Postgraduate Diploma Performance

The London College of Music'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
M.Sc. Music Technology

Contemporary electronic music and sonic art is making increasing use of innovative audio software and interface possibilities to produce exciting and engaging productions, installations and performances. We will give you the skills to meet both the technical and creative challenges of producing custom software and hardware solutions for electronic music and sonic art applications.

Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology
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

Do you want to become a music therapist? The part-time MA Music Therapy course 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
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
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
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
Postgraduate Certificate Secondary Music

If you believe that music has a key role to play in every young person’s education, and you’re determined to bring the subject alive for pupils, this course will provide you with access to becoming an inspiring teacher. The Secondary Music programme is offered at Birmingham City University.

School of Education
M.A. Music

The MA in Music provides you with a thorough grounding in the creative, critical and practical underpinnings of advanced study and research in composition, musicology and performance. Specialist areas of study include analysis, screen music, critical theory, cultural history and ethnomusicology.

M.Sc. Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology studies stability and change in our physical, cognitive, social and emotional development through the lifespan.It covers human development through the lifespan – from infancy, childhood and adolescence into adulthood and old age.

Master Music

Develop your creative musical interests into a wide range of career options with world class expertise and mentoring in performance, composition and musicology. Do you have a talent for music? If you love listening or playing music to an advanced standard or you have started to compose music and understand the creativity involved, this programme will be a solid foundation to setting your sights high in the music and arts industry worldwide, teaching or getting involved in progression careers

College of Arts and Social Sciences
M.A. Music & the Creative Economy

If you would like to develop your career or create your own business in the music industry, this course is ideal. Whether you are a musician, a composer, a producer or a sound technician, this course will improve your skill set and help you make a living from what you love.

Master Performance (Work-Based Learning)

This course is designed for students working primarily as instrumentalists, composers or conductors. Attendance for lectures is as limited as possible, with the remaining tuition delivered by one-to-one contact time through the tutorial system and via the e-learning platform.

London College of Music
M.A. Music Education

The Music Education MA will introduce students to research and research-informed practice at the forefront of music education. The programme will provide tools for interrogating musical and educational assumptions, values and practices. It will support students to expand their understanding of effective music teaching, evaluation and assessment across the lifespan.

Institute of Education
M.Sc. Applied Acoustics

It's a vocational course that's ideal if you already have the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and now want to gain a masters award in acoustics.

Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences
M.Phil. Music (Performance)

The MPhil is designed for students wishing to attain a thorough grounding in musical performance studies at an advanced level, either as a preparation for doctoral research or an autonomous qualification. In the first year you will follow the MSt in Music (Performance), proceeding in the second year to individual supervision leading to the completion of a recital and a dissertation.

M.Sc. Music Therapy (Nordoff-Robbins)

Music therapists are employed throughout the health, education and community sectors. Registered music therapists are eligible for full membership of the British Association for Music Therapy. This Music Therapy (Nordoff-Robbins) course, offered by Queen Margaret University, attracts students from overseas. Several of our graduates have found employment with: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland; within the NHS; others have successfully created new job opportunities for themselves.

School of Health Sciences
M.A. Composition

Studying Composition at Bath Spa University you’ll develop your skills as a composer and deepen your understanding of current new music contexts, both artistically and professionally.

College of Liberal Arts
M.A. Ethnomusicology

Join one of the UK’s leading learning environments for the study of music, combining world-leading research, exceptional teaching and a vibrant musical community in the heart of global London. The MA in Ethnomusicology is delivered at City, University of London.

The School of Arts
M.Sc. Digital Composition and Performance

The Master of Science in Digital Compositions and Performance at The University of Edinburgh teaches students how to turn musical ideas into digital music composition, using computer software. The Master’s programme combines notions of computer software and hardware audio production and post-production knowledge, planning and executing digital music projects, and more.

Reid School of Music
M.A. Choral Studies

This is a practical performance-based MA, combining extensive development of skill as a member of a dedicated choral ensemble, with choir training, choral arrangement and individual vocal development. 

Department of Music
M.Sc. Music Engineering and Production

At the nexus of creativity, technology and business, this postgraduate degree is designed for graduates who want to further develop their music engineering and production skills, to establish a career as a professional producer in the music industry or related fields.

Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries
Master Music (MMus)

The MMus can help prepare you for a variety of careers including performance, composition, teaching, arts administration and music journalism. The programme also provides ideal preparation for future research work at PhD level.

Department of Arts
M.Sc. Audio Production

On this course, you’ll gain practical, theoretical and creative experience of sound engineering, music production and audio technology.

School of Computing, Science & Engineering
M.A. Creative Music Technology

The MA in Creative Music Technology enables you to work at the frontiers of the creative application of technology in composition, music production, sound design, screen music, audio-visuals and music software.

Master Music, MMus, PGDip

These courses offer a flexible route to advanced musical study including classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional. You can pursue these research-based courses through creative practice (eg composition, performance, improvisation, musicology, or a blend of these) or musicological study in a field of your choosing.

School of Arts and Cultures
MMus Music

You can specialise in either Composition or Musicology and Ethnomusicology by selecting from a wide range of modulesacross Arts and Humanities. 

Taught programmes
M.A. Music and Sonic Media

This course develops your creative abilities in composition and sound through practical and theoretical work. The MA reflects current developments both within and beyond the concert hall, including music for film, media and interactive arts. Theory and practice in the field of popular music production is also explored, focusing on historical contexts and the development of advanced technical skills.

School of Media, Film and Music
M.Sc. Applied Acoustics

Southampton Solent University’s Applied Acoustics masters programme can provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work in a range of acoustics fields. Suitable graduate destinations include consultancy, engineering, environmental health, built environment work or further study at PhD level.

Engineering
M.Sc. Sound Design

The Master of Science in Sound Design at The University of Edinburgh teaches students to analyse and critically think about sound and its role in the wider area of the creative arts environment. Combining the latest sound design technologies with studio time, the Master’s programme provides new insights into commercial and experimental sound design conditions.

Reid School of Music
M.A. Composition

The core of the programme comprises a research methods course designed to prepare students fully for academic research in musicology; a compositional techniques course facilitating the development of advanced techniques; and a triple-weighted composition portfolio. The final 30 points can be taken from another Master’s module or two undergraduate modules offered by Music or another department.

Department of Music
M.Sc. Audio and Music Technology

The MSc in Audio and Music Technology is a one-year full-time taught programme for graduates who wish to enhance their skills to go on to a career or further research in the varied fields of audio processing, room acoustics, interactive music and audio applications, voice analysis and synthesis, audio programming and other music technology related areas. The programme draws on the knowledge and expertise of our Audio Lab.

M.A. Music

MA Music, University of Nottingham Our masters course has recently been enhanced to create one of the most flexible, contemporary and distinctive courses in the UK.

Music
M.A. Music

Our MA in Music taught masters courses gives you time, facilities and authoritative guidance from academics and professional musicians to concentrate on your own musical interests.

Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Musical Studies

Advanced Musical Studies PG Cert, King's College London Advanced Musical Studies allows students to meet individual goals to pursue a particular interest in musicology or composition. Ideal as a step into further research or to develop skills in the media, arts and other related bodies.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities
M.A. Experimental Music MA/MMus

Brunel University London's MA/MMus Experimental Music is the UK's first Masters programme in Experimental Music and offers you the opportunity to develop your own programme of study, based around your particular interests in contemporary music-making.

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Master Advanced Musical Studies

The Advanced Musical Studies programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. With one of the largest postgraduate communities in the UK (typically around 50-60 research students and over 20 Masters students each year), we have established ourselves as one of the country's premier institutions for postgraduate education in Music.

Department of Music
MMus/PgDip Performance

The Performance course from Bangor University is ideal for those who are already proficient instrumental or vocal performers, and wish to refine their skills and extend their knowledge.

School of Music
M.Phil. Music

Our Music MPhil programmes enable you to pursue advanced research in the areas of classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music through a range of approaches. These include practice-based research, and musicological and theoretical inquiry.

School of Arts and Cultures
M.A. Community Music

This MA is intended for students who wish to develop their skills and interests in a range of community settings and it draws upon many department specialisms including developments in education and disability arts, world music, theatre and technology.

M.A. Music Therapy

Qualify to work as a music therapist in the UK and overseas, and become eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK.

Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences