Music as a discipline is more diverse than ever, and musicians and scholars in the 21st century must be prepared to navigate amongst numerous streams of practice and research.
The MA Music Open Pathway offers you the opportunity to chart your own route within this exciting world. In consultation with the programme convenor you will design a unique course of study, drawing upon our extensive offerings in Musicology, Composition, and Performance. Modules from outside the discipline (e.g. a language) may also be available if relevant to your individual pursuits.
The University of Birmingham is home to the most vibrant and exciting Music Department in the world. We are an international leader – ranked joint second in the country in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise – and our programme embodies the latest cutting edge developments in the practice and study of music.
We usually ask for a good Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.
We accept a range of qualifications;
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
You will study one core module:
Introduction to Musicology
Introduction to Electroacoustic Composition
Introduction to Instrumental/Vocal Composition
Introduction to Programming for Electroacoustics
Advanced Studies in Electroacoustic Composition
Advanced Studies in Instrumental/Vocal Composition
Advanced Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music
Contemporary Music Studies
British Music Studies
Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
Sound in Society
Special Study in Music
Gender and Music
Analysis of Music 1770–1910
Music, Place and Identity
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. The University also offers a wide range of activities and services to give our students the edge in the job market, including: career planning designed to meet the needs of postgraduates; opportunities to meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs, employer presentations and skills workshops; individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.
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