This two year course is suitable for students who are academically strong but who do not have the right knowledge or background for one of our one year MA courses in Music.
On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MA Music
The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a ´next step´ after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development.
The pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge and skills. In particular you will develop knowledge of a range of musical styles of various historical periods and cultures. During the pre-Masters year, depending on the optional modules you take, you will gain knowledge in the area of musicology, performance or composition .
One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence.
International pre-Masters programmes entry requirements apply
Pre-Masters Modules – Music
Academic English & Study Skills 1
Academic English & Study Skills 2
Techniques of Harmony and Counterpoint
Medieval and Renaissance Music or Romantic and 20th-Century Music
Baroque and Classical Music or Popular and World Musics
Critical Musicology or Music Analysis
One UG final year module
The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.
Music postgraduates develop a broad base of skills including general skills such as communication, problem solving and research, and also specific skills developed by practice and performance such as self-management, team work and presentation. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths from being a music tutor or a singing teacher to becoming a business analyst or advertising executive. Over the last five years, we are proud that 100% of our Music students have been in employment or further study within six months of gradua
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