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MA Critical and Applied Musicology

Programme code:MA-MU/CAMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Steve Muir Contact

There is a part time variant of this programme available (programme code MA-MU/CAM-PT).

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a first degree in music (first or upper second class), or equivalent, subject to satisfactory interview for which a sample of written work will be submitted.

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

School of Music

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Music Examination Board

Programme specification:

The MA Critical and Applied Musicology programme is designed to provide: a logical progression from the undergraduate music programmes offered by the School of Music at Leeds University and an attractive course for Music graduates from other universities; and the training and preparation necessary for students with ambitions to study musicology to MPhil/PhD level.

The module Issues in Musicology is core for the programme. In addition, students acquire advanced competency in a range of key musicological skills (editorial, archival, critical, theoretical) by taking at least two of three compulsory modules in different areas of musicology. These skills are then applied in an extended 60-credit project (Dissertation or Applied Musicology Project) defined in negotiation with the supervisor. Up to 30 credits of optional modules may be studied from those offered in other M-Level disciplines in the School of Music, or, in appropriate cases, elsewhere in the University. Postgraduate musicology study at Leeds therefore comprises a coherent progressive programme, which facilitates movement from general, methodological concerns towards greater specialisation, whilst preserving some flexibility and student choice. Particularly distinctive is the balance struck between topics and approaches traditionally regarded as 'historical musicology', and those associated with the 'critical' or 'new musicology' movement which has come to significance since the 1990s.

The School of Music at Leeds University is one of the largest HEI music departments in Britain and postgraduate studies at Leeds are greatly enriched by the exceptional range and diversity of staff specialisms, and the variety of activities, both practical and academic, taking place within the School. The Brotherton Library provides scope for fruitful study, with its extensive special collection of musical material; students are encouraged to explore these holdings in the course of their studies, as well as relevant archives and repositories further afield, such as York Minster Library, West Yorkshire Archives, and the Henry Watson Music Library, Manchester. The School of Music building also provides a Multimedia Laboratory, Psychology of Music lab, and a dedicated Postgraduate Research Studio, to facilitate private study. These elements, along with the high calibre and international reputation of the School's musicology staff, give postgraduate musicology at Leeds its unique flavour.

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

Students must study 180 credits comprised from a mix of compulsory and optional modules adding up to 180 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

MUSS5130MIssues in Musicology30 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 180 credits for the award.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following modules:

MUSS5162MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
MUSS5163MApplied Musicology Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Candidates will be required to study 30-60 credits of following modules:

MUSS5135MApplied Research Methodologies30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5535MAesthetic Theory30 creditsSemester 2

Only 30 credits must be passed for the award if both modules are taken.

Candidates may study up to 60 credits from the following optional modules to bring their profile up to 180 credits:

MUSS5132MShort Dissertation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5133MShort Dissertation30 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
MUSS5134MIndividual Project30 creditsSemester 1, Semesters 1 & 2, Semester 2
MUSS5231MComposition Studies30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5330MInstrumental or Vocal Recital30 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
MUSS5337MApplied Performance Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5632MElectronic & Computer Music Practice30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5633MElectronic & Computer Music Contexts30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5833MThe Recording Industry Now30 credits1 Sep to 28 Feb
MUSS5931MCase Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Elective modules:

Candidates may (after consultation with their Programme Leader) take up to 30 credits of Discovery modules. These will normally be either level 3 or M-level; students must pass a minimum of 135 credits at M-level in order to be awarded a Masters qualification.

Last updated: 13/09/2019


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