Postgraduate Taught Study
MA in Music
*Please note that this is a new programme which will run in place of our previous MA and MMus programmes, taking effect for entry from September 2015 onwards. If you have already applied for one of these programmes and have queries or concerns, please contact Shona Smith on SmithS19@cardiff.ac.uk *
We place an emphasis on flexibility and student choice and have designed our programme to allow you to personalise your course of study. This programme will allow you to explore new musical skills, increase your employability, consolidate areas of expertise, and inform your work through greater understanding of related fields.
You will be encouraged to take part in research events, including seminars and conferences. Our regular series of workshops and masterclasses allow you to work directly with distinguished composers and performers.
You will have the option to specialise in one of five areas:
Equips aspiring composers with the techniques and practical experience to enable you to pursue your creative goals to a fully professional level with confidence and imagination.
Examines music from an anthropological perspective and allows you to study a wide range of musical traditions in different cultural contexts.
Allows you to develop a solid basis in research techniques and methods, whilst exploring music from historical, analytical, and theoretical perspectives.
For proved performers who are committed to improving their skills as instrumentalists and/or singers, both as soloists and in ensembles.
- Popular Music Studies
A wide-ranging consideration of the interaction of popular music with broad cultural and political contexts.
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."
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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.