Entry Requirements for Taught Postgraduate Courses

Entry Requirements

The School of Music takes the admission process very seriously. All applications are judged individually by at least two staff members. During this process, candidates may be asked to submit supporting material (audition/recording, sample essay, portfolio of compositions). This is to ensure that all selected candidates have the potential to complete the course successfully.

Taught Postgraduate Programmes

PG Dip / PG Cert

  1. First degree at British Bachelor’s standard:
    2(i) or equivalent
    In exceptional cases, candidates with a 2(ii) may also be considered.
  2. English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers):
    IELTS overall result of 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5
  3. Performers will have to audition or, alternatively, submit a recent unedited recorded video performance, featuring contrasting repertoire (25 minutes)
  4. Musicologists will be asked to submit a piece of written work of 3000 words that can either be 1) a discussion of a selected topic from music history or ethnomusicology, or 2) an analysis of a selected composition.  The essay must be academic in style, and must include footnotes and a full bibliography. 
  5. Composers will be asked to submit representative samples of their work (two or three pieces). These can be notated scores, or audio recordings, or both. In the case of multimedia works (for example, involving video or multichannel audio) please send work on a data DVD, or supply a weblink such as Dropbox or similar. Applicants may also supply a weblink for scores if this is more convenient. 

Note: Candidates may be upgraded onto the next higher level (i.e. from PG Cert to PG Dip or from PG Dip to MA/MMus) on account of strong performance in Semester 1.

MA / MMus

  1. First degree at British Bachelor’s standard:
    2(i) or equivalent
    2(ii) or equivalent                
    Candidates with 2(ii) degree must, however, achieve a 2(i) in a substantial project in their chosen area of study (e.g. dissertation, composition portfolio, recital)
  2. English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers):
    IELTS overall result of 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5
  3. Performers will have to audition or, alternatively, submit a recent unedited recorded video performance, featuring contrasting repertoire (25-30 minutes).
  4. Musicologists will be asked to submit a piece of written work of 3000-5000 words that can either be 1) a discussion of a selected topic from music history or ethnomusicology, or 2) an analysis of a selected composition.  The essay must be academic in style, and must include footnotes and a full bibliography. 
  5. Composers will be asked to submit representative samples of their work (two or three pieces). These can be notated scores, or audio recordings, or both. In the case of multimedia works (for example, involving video or multichannel audio) please send work on a data DVD, or supply a weblink such as Dropbox or similar. Applicants may also supply a weblink for scores if this is more convenient. 

Research Postgraduate Programmes

MA/MMus Res

  1. First degree at British Bachelor’s standard:
    normally first-class degree or equivalent
  2. English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers):
    IELTS overall result of 6.5 with no individual score lower than 6.0
  3. Proposal of a project, appropriate to the duration and academic level of the course
  4. Performers will have to audition or, alternatively, submit a recent unedited recorded video performance, featuring contrasting repertoire (30-40 minutes).
  5. Musicologists and composers may be asked to submit samples of their work.

MPhil / PhD

  1. Degree at British Master’s standard:
    normally merit degree or equivalent
  2. English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers):
    IELTS overall result of 6.5 with no individual score lower than 6.0
  3. Proposal of a project, appropriate to the duration and academic level of the course
  4. Performers will have to audition or, alternatively, submit a recent unedited recorded video performance, featuring contrasting repertoire (45-60 minutes).
  5. Musicologists and composers may be asked to submit samples of their work.