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2018/19 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

GradDip Music

Programme code:GDP-MUSI-FTUCAS code:
Duration:9 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Oliver Thurley Contact

This programme is also available on a part time basis (Programme code GDP-MUSI-PT) Please contact the School for details.

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

- Normally a degree or diploma in Music;
- or a degree in a subject other than Music and an A-level in Music or ABRSM grade 8 theory;
- or equivalent.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Music, Faculty of PVAC

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Music, BA/BMus Examining Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

This programme offers an opportunity for international students whose first language is not English or who do not have experience of the UK undergraduate learning environment to take a selection of music modules offering depth of study as well as individual choice and specialisation. In certain circumstances the programme may also be appropriate for graduates whose degrees are in a subject other than music but who can demonstrate specialist expertise in music, and who wish to prepare for a postgraduate degree in music.

At the end of the programme, students will have achieved the following:
- consolidation of prior learning in music
- robust skills training in the study of music in English, in particular, reading about music, writing about music, listening to music and talking about music
- a body of knowledge and understanding in at least one specialist area
- practical, intellectual and study skills, on the basis of which students may proceed confidently either into the music profession, or to taught Master's level and beyond that to research.

Leeds is an ideal place to undertake such a programme. It is a major city in the North of England with a richly diverse cosmopolitan community. Among its important cultural institutions are an opera house and orchestra, as well as the world-famous Leeds International Piano Competition. There are easy connections from Leeds to London and to major cities in Europe.

The University of Leeds is one of the largest and most important academic institutions in the UK and has a thriving School of Music housed in purpose-built premises with a superb concert hall. There are around 500 undergraduate and 75 postgraduate students who enjoy excellent practice, studio, computer and library facilities.

The School includes leading experts in music research and teaching across all the major sub-disciplines of music: composition; ethnomusicology; multimedia; music technology and computer music; musicology; performance; popular, world and traditional musics; psychology of music. With a Leeds music award, graduates should significantly enhance their prospects in a wide range of careers.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates must pass 100 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at level 3.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module.

MUSS1125Music Research Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates must take at least 20 credits, and a maximum of 40 credits, from the following optional modules:

MUSS1020Understanding Music20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1120Music in History and Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2020Interpreting Music20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates should take advice regarding the appropriate level for this choice of module(s).

Candidates must take 20-80 credits from the following optional modules:

MUSS3121Special Study in Musicology A20 creditsSemester 1
MUSS3122Special Study in Musicology B20 creditsSemester 2
MUSS3140Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates may study further modules from the list below in order to make up their level 3 modules to a total of 60 credits.

MUSS3130Individual Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3131Individual Project30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS3132Individual Project30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS3240Composition40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3325Applied Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3340Performance40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3440Editing and Source Studies40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3540Contemporary Aesthetics40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3640Music Technology40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS3940Music Psychology40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates should seek advice and approval from the Programme Manager regarding the prerequisite knowledge and/or qualifications for these module choices.

If sufficient credits remain, candidates may study up to 20 credits from the following list:

MUSS1220Composition20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1320Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1620Sound, Technology, and Music20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS1920Introduction to the Psychology of Music20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2220Composition20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2320Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2420Notation and Editing20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2520Aesthetics and Criticism20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2820Music in Practice20 creditsSemester 1
MUSS2822Music in Practice20 creditsNot running in 201819
MUSS2823Music in Practice20 creditsNot running in 201819
MUSS2825Opera North: Opera in Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS2920The Psychology of Listening and Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates should seek advice and approval from the Programme Manager regarding the prerequisite knowledge and/or qualifications for these module choices.

Discovery modules:

If sufficient credit remains, candidates may take up to 20 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 30/04/2018


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