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Postgraduate Taught MA Programmes

MA Ethnomusicology
MA Musicology
MA Music, Culture and Politics


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Passionate about performing but also want to understand the history and theory behind the music? Focused on 18th century Vienna but also interested in the 1960s San Francisco scene?

We have intentionally designed a flexible modular scheme of postgraduate taught study to allow our students to explore new musical skills, increase employability, consolidate areas of expertise, and inform their own research through greater understanding of related fields.

Students enrolled on any of our MA courses will have the option to choose from our full range of MA modules for a part of their studies.
Similarly, MMus Composition students may complement their studies by choosing modules from the MMus Performance, and vice versa.

MA Programmes

The School of Music offers three distinct MA programmes and those students who wish to embrace additional outlooks may choose from the full range of MA modules as part of their studies.

MA Ethnomusicology

MA Musicology

MA Music, Culture & Politics

 

This programme examines music from an anthropological perspective, allowing students to study a range of musical traditions in different cultural contexts.

 

 

Autumn – core modules
Research Skills

Methods in Ethnomusicology

Anthropology of Music

 

The MA in Musicology provides a coherent programme of musicological study that enables students to develop a solid basis in techniques and methods as well as to explore new avenues of research.


Autumn – core modules
Research Skills

Historical & Critical Perspectives I

Case Studies I

 

This interdisciplinary MA explores the interaction of music with broader cultural and political contexts. It is taught in collaboration with the University’s Department of Philosophy.



Autumn – core modules

Research Skills

Theorizing Culture

Case Studies in Music, Culture & Politics I

 

Spring – shared modules
Students on all MA courses choose from a range of modules. The modules offered to 2011-12 MA students were:

Nationalism
Gender and Identity
Ethnicity in Western Music
Music of the Middle East
Music of Africa
The Romance of Counterpoint
Music and Politics in the 1960s
Postmodernism
Music in Nazi Germany
Music and Discourse

This information is offered as a guide only and does not guarantee that these modules will run during 2012-13.

Stage two
All students will be required to submit a Master’s stage dissertation (or equivalent).

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, 11am-12.30pm)
Postgraduate Forum: weekly meetings throughout both semesters (Thursdays at 11.10am)
John Bird Seminars: regular talks throughout both semesters (Tuesdays at 4.30pm)

 

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MA in Ethnomusicology

Programme Director: Dr John Morgan O'Connell

The MA in Ethnomusicology provides a coherent programme in ethnomusicological study by looking at music from an anthropological perspective and by allowing students to study a wide range of musical traditions in different cultural contexts. Especially appealing to students with a background in music and/or anthropology, the programme includes a final Project in the form of a Dissertation, involving where possible a period of field research.

 

MA in Music, Culture and Politics

Programme Director: Dr Sarah Hill

This is an interdisciplinary MA, taught in collaboration with Department of Philosophy from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. It consists of a wide-ranging consideration of the interaction of music with broad cultural and political contexts. The theoretical basis of the programme is constructed through seminar discussion of specific writings by key thinkers (Adorno, Barthes, Dahlhaus and Said, among others).

 

MA in Musicology

Programme Director: Dr David Beard

The MA in Musicology provides a coherent programme of musicological study that enables students to develop a solid basis in techniques and methods as well as to explore new avenues of research. Students with interests in music from 1700 to the present day will find much to stimulate their imagination, from the historical to the analytical and theoretical, with openings for contextual and broader cultural studies. The final Project may take the form of a Dissertation, Analysis Project or Edition & Commentary.