Newcastle University

School of Arts and Cultures



School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

This is a programme in creative musical practice û composition, performance, studio-based work, improvisation, mixed media. Styles or repertories can range across the full spectrum of early, classical, avant-garde, folk, popular or world music genres.

The major focus is on creative project work, and the programme is therefore regarded as a research degree (a practice-based equivalent to the MA).

It is possible to choose modules in such a way that you specialise in composition, performance or studio-based work; alternatively, you can mix these areas. You can also include theoretical or musicological modules if you wish.

The core of the programme is the creative project. Projects come in 30- to 90-credit packages, and these can be taken separately if you wish to work in different areas or different media; or they can be grouped if you wish to pursue a single extensive project of up to 120 credits. Projects can involve performance; arrangement for ensembles; notated composition; studio-based composition, production or re-mixing; work involving live electronics (including improvisation or DJ production); or mixed-media production. A project commentary accompanies this work.

MMus students also take the music research training module (10 credits) and at least two taught modules (50 credits or more). Taught modules are typically drawn from: repertoire studies; performance practice; improvisation for creative practice; and a range of specific topics such as orchestration and arranging. A dissertation may be substituted for certain modules. It is also possible to take modules from the MA in Music programme and from other disciplines in the University.

Diploma students follow a similar programme, but with a smaller amount of creative project work.


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