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MMus Critical and Experimental Composition MMus

Programme code:MMU-MU/CECUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Mic Spencer Contact

A part time variant of this programme is available.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a first degree in Music, or in which music was a major part (first or upper second class), or equivalent professional experience, subject to satisfactory interview (for which a portfolio of compositions may be required).

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

The School of Music

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

The School of Music

Programme specification:

This programme aims to provide training and a broad foundation in independent academic study at postgraduate level as well as requiring specialisation in composition. Submission of a portfolio of compositions which may include electro-acoustic compositions is a compulsory element within the course. The programme also allows for study of arrangement, remix, and orchestration and a take-away exam paper in the form of optional hypothetical commissions. There is space within the programme for some options to be taken from the full range of sub-disciplines offered within the School.

The School of Music's staff have international distinction in the fields historical and critical research. The School is renowned for its commitment to progressive learning methods, reflected in its participation and central role in many initiatives in higher education in music. The School is greatly advantaged by the exceptional music and cultural life in the City of Leeds, which includes an International Concert Season, Opera North (which whom the University has a formal partnership), West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Leeds International Film Festival and a vibrant club scene. The University also has a rich musical life and the School runs its own concert series throughout the academic year. This features performances by our own orchestras, choirs and ensembles, including the new music ensemble, LS2, alongside visiting professionals. Teaching is supported by excellent facilities including a concert hall, a music library with listening and video facilities and well-equipped electronic music studios.

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

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MUSS5231MComposition Studies30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5262MPortfolio of Original Composition60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
MUSS5535MAesthetic Theory30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

EDUC5039MCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS5130MIssues in Musicology30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5132MShort Dissertation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS5134MIndividual Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS5135MApplied Research Methodologies30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5330MInstrumental or Vocal Recital30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5337MApplied Performance Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS5833MThe Recording Industry Now30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS5931MCase Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PECI5211MAudience, Engagement and Impact30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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: 05/05/2023 15:24:59


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