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Why study this programme?

The MA Music is a taught postgraduate course for musicians interested in developing their music practice and increasing their profile as professional artists.

The MA Music tests ways of taking existing practice in different directions and then carrying out projects in which this work is presented to the public. Alongside instrumental and studio composition, the modules and tuition allow for consideration of interdisciplinary and multimedia pieces, installation art, community projects and more. The course is a space to try out bold, new ideas and an opportunity to gain the real-world skills required by professional artists.

Students on the course build a portfolio of music whilst developing skills such as project management, managing and archiving public events, self-promotion, and managing people and budgets. Creative work can be presented as part of Wintersound, Future Sound and other events run by the music staff and students of UCLan, but support is also given in seeking other opportunities to present music to a wider audience and in developing an online presence. 

The course is delivered through a combination of evening classes, to better fit around the working and family life of many students, and one-to-ones meetings with a tutor at mutually convenient times.

Entry Requirements

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed.

Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following:

  • Receipt of a 2.2 degree, or higher from a British university
  • A high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere (e.g. for North American students a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Professional experience in the field or a related field in their home country

International Students are required to show competence in written and spoken English in addition to meeting the course entry requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - minimum 6.5.

Programme at a Glance


  • Music Portfolio


The PG Cert modules plus

  • Research Design
  • Professional Arts Practice


The PG Dip modules plus

  • Arts Research Project

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 11 July 2018

Further Information

MA Music provides stimulus in the form of directed reading and listening, discussions, and workshops to enable you to take your existing music practice in different directions before presenting it to a public audience.

The course allows for students who prepare their work through devising, composition, studio composition or improvisation. Students will typically perform their own music, either solo or as part of an ensemble. However, applicants who prefer to direct other musicians are also welcome as are those applicants with an interest in audio art, multimedia art or interdisciplinary performance.

The MA in Music can be used as the first year of the DA in Creative Practice for those students who want to continue studying to doctorate level.

Academic Expertise

Dr. Jon Aveyard is composer, performer and audio artist whose work makes use of and combines skills drawn from found sound music, soundscape composition, live electronics and interdisciplinary performance.

Justine Flynn is an audio-visual artist who ran a contemporary art gallery and Preston’s first arts pub. She is researching sonic art that is composed using only infrasonic frequencies.

Colin Murrell works across arts-health, interdisciplinary art, music, creative writing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, film, theatre and performance.


I have found the level of support and contact with tutors both encouraging, supportive and challenging in equal measure such that I feel I can approach any of the tutors for support and know that I will receive the assistance that I need to grow professionally.

Jules Bryant-Funnell


MA and PG Dip in Music:

  • Identify, present and discuss critical issues relevant to areas of research
  • Define and document self-devised specialist praxis within the arts
  • Manage and facilitate self-devised specialist praxis within the arts in accordance with regulations and professional ethics
  • Identify and evaluate criteria relevant to the formulation of a rigorous research presentation
  • Evaluate self-devised specialist praxis within the arts and critically reflect upon key strategic, systems, and operational aspects
  • Uphold professional ethics and academic protocol
  • Manage risk assessment, health and safety compliance, and a budget

MA in Music:

  • Gain ethical approval for specialist postgraduate research
  • Manage the realisation of a major project within the public domain
  • Conceptualise, design, and critically evaluate a valid research project

MA, PG Dip, and PG Cert in Music:

  • Analyse the challenges and opportunities created for professional musicians by the World Wide Web
  • Compose and present for performance professional-standard, original music
  • Produce, manage, promote and archive, to a professional standard, a contemporary music performance, installation or exhibition
  • Articulate ways in which contextual research and analysis has been used to advance practical work
  • Evaluate for personal suitability ways to perform, install or exhibit new work within the creative industries
  • Evaluate promotional strategies for creative industry events

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,250 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Industry Links

The course is taught by professional artists who are established leaders in their own field. The University has established good links with theatres and arts organisations across the North West including the New Continental in Preston, the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, hÅb in Manchester, the Blue Coat Gallery in Liverpool, and LANWest as well as other arts venues in the region. The School has in the past hosted a number of visiting artists and companies of national and international standing.

Learning Environment and Assessment

All practical classes are delivered in the Media Factory which houses three fully equipped theatres as well as sound recording studios, film and photography studios and a range of music rehearsal rooms and seminar spaces. This building, as with the nearby university library, is available for use by students 24/7. Public events may also take place in St. Peters, a former church turned performance space, and the university’s PR1 Gallery. Lectures and seminars take place in purpose built suites which are equipped with digital projection facilities.

To facilitate access to the degree, students can opt to study in modes which are appropriate to their personal circumstance. Students may study three modules resulting in the award of PG Certificate, six modules with the award of PG Diploma or nine modules with the award of Master’s Degree. Each award can be studied in full or part-time modes. Study may be staged with students achieving the PG Cert or PG Dip and taking a study break before continuing with a higher award.

Full time study of PG Cert in Music will occur in Semesters 1 & 2; full-time study of PG Dip in Music will occur across Semesters 1, 2 and 3; full-time study of MA in Music will occur across Semesters 1, 2 and 3. Part-time study can be negotiated for each of the awards.

Assessment is continuous throughout and is based on a number of submissions including a music portfolio, public exhibitions/performances/installations, a seminar presentation and/or conference paper, and written essay work.


The course supports students in obtaining public presentation opportunities to present their musical output. This has in the past led to performances and exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally.

Students can progress beyond the MA Music onto the DA in Creative Arts (equivalent to a PhD).