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MA in Music (research): Analysis

University of York

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JUL-22, OCT-22, JAN-23, APR-23, JUL-23

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The individually focused nature of the MA in Music (by Research) is particularly well suited to the study of Musical Analysis. Here at York, analytical work has always centred around the practical applications of this approach: using analysis to uncover and evidence the workings of a given repertoire. Analysis of any kind is a quest for understanding. Rather than studying the theory of analytical techniques in isolation, it is the more musically intuitive process of rationalisation that is the focus here. Discovering the compositional grounds that have engendered an emotional response to music, considering how and why a composer has created effects, ensure that analysis is kept relevant.

Applicants for this programme of study should have a clear research proposal that sets out to apply analytical investigations within a wider context. Some indication of how analytical evidence may be used to support a larger thesis should also be outlined. Examples may include the study of a particular composer, period, style, genre (and so on). Analytical topics of recently completed MA dissertations include Perception & Perspective in Sibelius’ Symphony No.3; Unity, Contrasts and Cyclic Aspects of Schumann’s Carnival; Processes of Integration in Contemporary String Quartets; Coherence and Direction in Ligeti’s Violin Concerto; Case Studies of the Twentieth-Century Chamber Concerto.

The MA in Music by Research offers postgraduate opportunities to individuals who prefer to study independently rather than through classroom teaching, working under the close supervision of an expert in their field. This is a research degree, not a taught course programme, and applicants will need to have a clearly focussed research proposal in their given area in order to be considered for admission to the research MA. Supervision and tutorial meetings are held on either a weekly or fortnightly basis throughout the academic year and by arrangement over the summer vacation. There is also an opportunity for all MA by Research students to interact with one another: the MA Research Forum. Meeting on Wednesday mornings, this is a discussion group that engages with common themes, such as issues of writing about music, while offering the opportunity for individual students to present aspects of their research topics to the larger group. Students are also encouraged to attend the weekly Research Seminar series (on Wednesday afternoons) where invited speakers, staff members and PhD students give presentations about their latest work, and there are opportunities to meet other postgraduate researchers.

Tuition fees

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£ 23,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

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    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 86

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    144 67%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72.0 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%



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