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1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

Our MA Music course is ideal if you’re a musician who’s interested in developing your music practice and increasing your profile as a professional artist.

On this course you’ll discover ways of taking your music practice in different directions. You’ll be given the freedom to experiment with bold, new ideas and acquire the skills required by professional artists.

There will be opportunities to carry out projects which will lead to your work being presented to the public. The flexible modules on offer allow you to explore everything from instrumental and studio composition to interdisciplinary and multimedia pieces, installation art, community projects and more.

During your time with us you’ll build up an impressive portfolio of musical works while developing other valuable skills in arts promotion, managing and archiving public events, project management and more.

Why study with us

  • This course is taught by professional artists who are established leaders in their fields.
  • Working alongside established musicians, you’ll learn how to make the most of opportunities as a practicing musician and advance your career.
  • You’ll have access to specialist equipment, rehearsal rooms, studios, the library and other University facilities.

What you'll do

  • You’ll have the chance to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event, which gives you face-to-face time with up to 30 industry professionals offering valuable work placement opportunities.
  • You can get involved in organising and taking part in events organised by the music team such as the Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival and the Something for Everyone community arts workshops.
  • You could have your music released through one of our associates or on the University’s own X-Periments in Sound record label.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

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
  • The Blue Coat Gallery in Liverpool
  • LANWest

In recent times we have hosted a number of visiting artists and (inter)nationally acclaimed companies.

Future careers

This course will enable you to advance your career as a professional musician. As well as developing your existing music practice, you’ll build a substantial portfolio of work, begin building your audience and learn how to maximise your talent and create exciting career opportunities.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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