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Professional Doctorate in MA Music

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

On this exciting and challenging music course, you will have the opportunity to follow one of four specialist pathways:

• Composition (C)
• Performance (P)
• Critical Musicology (CM)
• Interactive Music and Advanced Studio Production (IMASP).

If you are keen to broaden your musical knowledge, you can also combine your specialist pathway with other pathways.

Key benefits:

• Taught by professional practitioners at all stages of your study
• Compete for a variety of prizes including the Kirklees Composition Competition
• Gain a breadth of professional musical experience.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/music2

Suitable for

A musician and/or musicologist wishing to further develop their skills and expertise to an enhanced professional level. You will typically have a good honours degree in music or a related subject and/or evidence of industry/professional practice experience.

Programme details

Our postgraduate degrees in music stand apart from similar courses due to the breadth of musical genres that they will expose you to. From rock and pop, to classical, jazz, electronic and other world styles, each genre is given equal precedence, and you will have a great opportunity to learn from each tradition.

During your time with us, you will also have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with other students and you will learn from academics who are all practicing professional musicians at national and international levels.


The course is delivered by way of lectures, seminars, masterclasses, supervision tutorials/instrumental lessons

Semester 1

• Composition, Performance and the Musical Text (Plenary)
• Composition Techniques (C)
• Individual Performance (P)
• Critical and Theoretical Positions (CM)
• Advanced Studio Composition and Production Techniques (IMASP)

Semester 2

• Applied Composition Techniques (C)
• Group Interaction in Performance (P)
• Subject Specific Evaluation (CM)
• Interactive and Emergent Music Programming Techniques (IMASP)
• Ethnomusicology Theories and Techniques (Option)
• Community Music Theories and Techniques (Option)

Semester 3

• Negotiated Final Project


• Examination
• Coursework folio

Career potential

After completing the MA in Music people will find their professional skills to be considerably enhanced. We have found that this has enhanced career prospects in Music Education (Teachers/Lecturers), Arts Administration and as freelance Performers and Composers.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MA Music page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree preferably in Music or a related subject and/or evidence of industry/professional practice experience.

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