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Postgraduate Taught

The School of Music at Cardiff University runs five taught postgraduate programmes:

Taught MA programmes
Taught MMus programmes

Each programme has its own distinct profile while sharing key features and teaching. A notable feature across the programmes is the emphasis on one-to-one tutorials and small-group seminars.

All students take 180 credits, including a final 60-credit project. Core timetabling which applies to all postgraduate taught programmes is as follows:
MUT001 Research Skills and MUT002 Study Skills: weekly seminars throughout the Autumn Semester (Wednesdays at 11.10am)
Postgraduate Forum: weekly meetings throughout both semesters (Thursdays at 11.10am)
John Bird Seminars: regular talks throughout both semesters (Tuesdays at 4.30pm)

In addition, students taking the MMus in Composition attend weekly Composers' Seminars throughout both semesters (Tuesdays at 3.10pm).

Meet our students


Nathan Dearden, MMus Composition
Charlotte Taras, MA Musicology


Academic supervisors

Find out more about our academic staff and their research interests here.

Why Cardiff?

Why some of our current and former postgraduates would recommend music at Cardiff

Choice and flexibility
The wide-ranging interests and enthusiasms of our academic staff creates a strong intra-disciplinary ethos, which is reflected in the structure of our programmes.

Cardiff University: "Outstanding facilities are backed up by a teaching and research record that is hard to beat."
Sunday Times University Guide

Outstanding research environment
Cardiff University is a member of the Russell Group, the UK's top 20 research-intensive universities. The School of Music is an active research department and all postgraduate students receive a research allowance.

Home to the Arts
Cardiff is the ideal location for the study of music in the UK. being one of only three UK cities with both a professional opera (Welsh National Opera) and a professional orchestra (BBC National Orchestra of Wales).

Support for our students
The School of Music has all the amenties you need to facilitate your music studies including electro-acoustic studios, more than two dozen practice rooms, a new £250,000 computer resource centre and lecture theatre, a professional Concert Hall, and an extensive onsite library. Postgraduate students also have dedicated study and social facilities.