Music MA

MUSIC (MA)

If you have ability in music and an interest in its cultural background and technique then this programme is for you.

In each year you are given a range of options from which to choose, allowing you to design your own degree to cater to your own particular interests and strengths.

Programme structure

Year 1

You will take two courses. Listening and repertory introduces the study of key musical works and widens your listening through a broad historical survey. The Musicianship course enhances your music literacy and practical and critical skills, through group exercises and lectures. You will be helped with the technical side of music: harmony and counterpoint, composition, sight singing, music analysis, and writing about music. You will also explore the science of musical sound and technological aspects of music.

Year 2

All students are required to take a course in musical techniques which helps you with the core musical disciplines of harmony and counterpoint and stylistic composition. In addition, you choose one course (or two if continuing to Music Honours) reflecting your own preferences and strengths. 

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you can choose from a range of subjects including historiography and criticism, sonic arts, composition, jazz and blues, aesthetics and philosophy of music, modernist musical aesthetics, opera (taught in conjunction with Scottish Opera) and performance (subject to successful audition).

In year 4 you can choose from a further range of subjects including film music, contemporary music ensemble, multimedia, notation, aspects of modernity, and the music of Scotland. You will also be able to write a dissertation. This is an extended piece of research and writing on a topic of your own choice and for which you will receive one-to-one supervision.

Our international links

You can spend up to a year of your degree studying abroad, normally in the third year. Previous students have chosen to study at the University of Miami, University of British Columbia, University of Illinois, Radford University, University of Melbourne and the University of California LA. 

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

MA

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB at S5
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: ABBB.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.

Interview and audition

There is no audition for entry to the Music MA programme. However, applicants will be expected to hold requisite music theory experience, to a level of Grade 5 ABRSM, as a minimum preparation for success on the programme. 

Students admitted to the MA but without Music at A-level or Higher (or equivalent) may be admitted to Music on an individual basis following an interview with their Adviser of Studies.

Accepted humanities and languages Highers

Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Management
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classical Greek
  • Classical studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Personal and social education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

Music degrees provide a sound foundation for careers in arts and music administration, journalism, publishing, teaching, librarianship and cultural entrepreneurship, as well as for careers in performance, composition or research. They also provide strong transferable skills applicable to a wide range of careers outside music.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA

  • KIS
    Music: W300
  • Business & Management/Music: NW23
  • KIS
    Celtic Studies/Music: QW53
  • KIS
    Classics/Music: QW83
  • KIS
    Comparative Literature/Music: QWF3
  • KIS
    Computing Science/Music: GW43
  • KIS
    Digital Media & Information Studies/Music: GW5H
  • KIS
    Economic & Social History/Music: VW33
  • KIS
    Economics/Music: LW13
  • KIS
    English Language/Music: QW3J
  • KIS
    English Literature/Music: QW3H
  • KIS
    Film & Television Studies/Music: WW36
  • KIS
    French/Music: RW13
  • KIS
    Geography/Music: LW73
  • KIS
    German/Music: RW23
  • KIS
    History of Art/Music: VWH3
  • KIS
    History/Music: VW13
  • KIS
    Italian/Music: RW33
  • KIS
    Mathematics/Music: GW13
  • KIS
    Music/Philosophy: VW53
  • KIS
    Music/Physics: FW33
  • KIS
    Music/Politics: LW23
  • KIS
    Music/Psychology: CW83
  • KIS
    Music/Public Policy: LW43
  • KIS
    Music/Russian: RW73
  • KIS
    Music/Scottish History: VWF3
  • KIS
    Music/Scottish Literature: QW23
  • KIS
    Music/Theatre Studies: WW34
  • KIS
    Music/Theology & Religious Studies: WV36
  • KIS
    Spanish/Music: RW4H

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.