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MMus Critical and Experimental Composition(Part-Time)

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Music)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able:
• demonstrate a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the nature of and processes involved in a musical composition; exhibit coherent and detailed knowledge of the discipline, which is at the forefront of, or informed by, contemporary musical and aesthetic thought;
• demonstrate an ability to deploy established compositional techniques in original ways, with appropriate critical and aesthetic reflection;demonstrate a practical understanding of how established techniques are used to create new work in a variety of media, and both small- and large-scale forms and structures;
• adapt a range of presentational skills appropriate to their own compositional practice;
• demonstrate an understanding of the composer-performer relationship in terms of practicality;
• manage long-term musical thought in original patterns and form-building;
• to take a proactive and self-reflective role in working, through the evaluation of own and others’ ideas, and to develop professional relationships with others;

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
• the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
• evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
• self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
• independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
• critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:
• evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
• demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
• drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
• evaluating and criticising received opinion;
• make reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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