20th- and 21st-Century Music MA/PgDip/PgCert
- Name: 20th- and 21st-Century Music
- Qualification: MA/PgDip/PgCert
- Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
The MA in 20th- and 21st-Century Music allows you to develop and refine knowledge of music of all styles and genres composed since 1900. The programme will equip you with the skills and methodologies to undertake specialist musicological research, and will hone high-level transferable skills in critical thinking, conceptual thinking, problem-solving, analysis, communication, self-direction and originality.
Specialism is offered in a range of areas within the field of music since 1900, including European music before World War II, minimalism and post-minimalism, electronic music, Welsh pop music, Celtic traditional revivals, and contemporary composition.
You will work closely with professional composers and established researchers, most of whom have international profiles. The School enjoys close links with industrial and third-sector partners such as Music Theatre Wales, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Blipfonica, and it is often possible for students to undertake a work placement during the course of the programme.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
The programme is divided into two parts: two semesters of taught study (Part 1, 120 credits) and a substantial independent piece of work in the main area, produced over the summer (Part 2, 60 credits). Teaching is provided through a combination of individual tuition and small-group seminars.
Part 1 (diploma):
In the first semester, you will take two modules: Current Musicology, through which you will become familiar with the latest techniques and discourses in the discipline, and Music Since 1900, in which you will explore a topic of staff expertise.
In Semester 2, you will share ideas with composers and performers in the interdisciplinary Contemporary Music Practice module, and will complete a supervised Independent Research Project on a subject of your own choice.
Part 2 (MA):
The Part II Project is completed over the summer months. It usually takes the form of a dissertation.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the 20th- and 21st-Century Music Modules page.
- First degree at British Bachelor’s standard: 2(ii) or higher.
- Candidates with a 2.ii degree must however achieve a 2.i in a substantial project in their chosen area of study (e.g. a dissertation).
- English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers): IELTS English test with a score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5).
- Applicants may be asked to submit a piece of written work of 3,000-5,000 words that can either be 1) a discussion of a selected topic from 20th- or 21st-century music history, or 2) an analysis of a selected composition composed after 1900. The essay must be academic in style, and must include footnotes and a full bibliography.
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