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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years. The course is delivered through evening classes and one-to-one tutorials.

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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 music practice in different directions and then carrying out projects in which this work is presented to the public.  The flexible modules allow for consideration of instrumental and studio composition, 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 acquire the real-world skills required by professional artists.

Students on the course build a portfolio of music outputs whilst developing skills such as project management, managing and archiving public events, and arts promotion.

The course is delivered through a combination of evening classes and one-to-one tutorials at mutually convenient times. 


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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
  • Project Management and Planning


The PG Dip modules plus

  • Masters Project

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.

The UCLan MA Music course enables you to:

  • Develop your existing music practice and/or move into new areas;
  • Build a portfolio of music outputs;
  • Begin/continue building your audience;
  • Develop your research and project management skills;
  • Discuss your work with experienced music practitioners;
  • Learn alongside a diverse group of music postgraduates;
  • Make use of university-provided performance opportunities as well as generating your own;
  • Have access to specialist equipment, rehearsal rooms, studios, the library, and other university facilities;
  • Work with tutors to set targets and deadlines for yourself;
  • Work towards a postgraduate qualification in recognition of your music practice.

"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 Music


Final year undergraduate and postgraduate Performance students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.

  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed meeting session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to meet with selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to talk about an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the speed meeting session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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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

Students learn alongside a diverse variety of music practitioners and are typically assessed on their creation of a music portfolio, an arts project, and a research project.  To aid in producing this work, support is provided by a number of tutors whose expertise covers a wide variety of music practices.

  • Jon Aveyard’s music combines instrumental and found sound music, binaural audio recording, soundwalking, and interdisciplinary performance.  He leads the Something for Everyone project providing support to community arts groups.
  • Justine Flynn is a practicing audio-visual and interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited and performed internationally.  Her current research project, ‘Imponderable Sound’, uses infrasonic frequencies as a stimulus for haptic perception.
  • Josh Horsley’s primary outputs concern the philosophical investigation of temporality within music composition, and cross-disciplinary praxis between art and science.  He is part of the Modul Project developing innovative electronic music projects.
  • Simon Partridge is a guitarist and band musician.  He leads the Cold Bath Street project focusing on group improvisation, and initiated UCLan’s link with the Improvisers Network.  He has been a consultant for Matamp and for guitar designers Brian & Michael Eastwood.
  • Tony Rigg has held command positions in market leader organisations including that of operations director for Ministry of Sound.  He has managed hundreds of music venues, thousands of music events, and has chart pedigree as an artist/producer/remixer.
  • Dan Wilkinson’s work intersects through multi-channel audio installation, electronic sculpture, multi-screen video, and sensor based A/V environments through which he explores mapping and sites, crossing over from the live environment to the gallery space.


The MA Music is intended to prepare students to generate and make the most of opportunities as practicing musicians.  Continuation onto the Professional Doctorate is available on completion of this course.