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MA or PGDip or PGCert
Our MA in Music offers advanced training in either musicology or composition. The modular structure allows you to pursue a broad generalist programme or to specialise in a particular area of your choice.
Within the field of musicology, you can direct your studies towards one or several of the following:
- music in nineteenth-century culture
- opera studies
- popular music studies
- film music.
The composition pathway provides a practice-based contemporary composition curriculum. It encourages you to push the boundaries of your practice and develop a voice as an engaged and creative composer.
This course is unusual in combining a rigorous academic education with the opportunity to acquire vocational skills through our innovative Professional Experience module. You take up work placements with a wide range of external arts organisations. Or undertake a project with one of our specialist research units. This gives you rich opportunities for career development and can pave the way for further study at PhD level.
How to apply
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
Faculty Taught Masters Scholarships are usually available for this course. For further information, please visit our page about sources of funding for postgraduate students.
Learning and assessment
MA students must complete:
- two compulsory modules
- a dissertation or major project
- two elective modules from your chosen pathway.
PGDip students must complete two compulsory modules.
Music is an area of particular research strength within the University. 60% of Brookes' impact case studies, which describe the reception of our research among wider, non-academic audiences, have been classified as 4* (world leading).
Departmental research interests in music at Oxford Brookes range from music in sixteenth-century nunneries to Radiohead, and from nineteenth- and twentieth-century opera to the sonic archaeology of urban sites.
We have particular strengths in popular music, opera and composition, and a research unit in each area:
Students may also have the opportunity to join cross-faculty, interdisciplinary research clusters.
You can contribute to the research units' activities, by participating in listening groups and helping to organise study days and conferences. Student composers have an opportunity to showcase their work through the annual Audiograft festival.
After you graduate
Having an MA will make you stand out from the crowd, whether you are joining the course straight after graduating from undergraduate study or returning to study after a break of several years.
Our MA will provide you with the skills and knowledge to embark upon a career in music or to improve your current position. The transferable skills you acquire through studying for an MA in Music can also lead to careers in many other sectors, including management, law, journalism, media and the heritage industry.
Career destinations of our recent graduates include:
- professional composition
- sound engineering
- arts administration
- HE administration
- teaching (secondary and FE)
- retail management
- youth work.
Our programme provides the necessary research training for doctoral work and many MA students continue on into further research and pursue careers in academia. Our students have an excellent success rate in securing funded PhD places.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.