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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Edinburgh Napier University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This innovative new MA in Music puts your interests at the heart of your experience.

Building on the success of our undergraduate Music programmes, this exciting new MA Music aims to provide a supportive and encouraging environment in which to develop your practice.

We have flipped the traditional structure of a Masters, where taught modules are followed by a final project or dissertation, by enabling you to work on and develop your major project from the outset.

This programme is ideal for musicians, composers, producers and artists who want to develop their practice, and for scholars who wish to take an academic approach to their study. There is no requirement for undergraduate music study and we welcome practitioners and scholars from all disciplines.

Course details

We believe that exploration and experimentation are central to the postgraduate experience. You will develop practices and ways of working that are at the intersection of practice, reflection and the transmission of ideas, findings and creative outputs.

This exciting new MA in music has been designed to foster and encourage:

Exploration and experimentation
Criticality and reflection
Engagement with knowledge and practice

This programme will facilitate an individualised experience in which you will develop your practice, knowledge and understanding of your place in the world through the development of critical reflection abilities. You will be encouraged and supported as you develop a deep understanding of the context of your work/practice and the work of others in a scholarly/artistic context.

Five interrelated compulsory modules are specifically designed to allow students to achieve our programme aims which are to:

Engage creatively with your chosen field(s), challenging yourself to explore and innovate within your chosen area(s) of practice.
Develop and demonstrate your ability for critical and reflective thought and judgement.
Develop understanding(s) of research/practical methodologies and the use and application of method(s).
Explore/create a range of modes of artistic/scholarly communication.
Interrogate and respond to the context(s) in which your practice is articulated.

This programme spans three trimesters (September to August).
Trimesters 1 and 2 are delivered through fortnightly lectures, seminars and workshops.


This programme has been designed to develop practical, scholarly, and critical skills, preparing students for a wide range of career opportunities. This programme is also the ideal springboard for doctoral study.

Potential opportunities include:

Doctoral study (research or practice-based)
Audio Engineering
Music Education
Arts Administration
Sound Design
Music Management or Promotion.

Application deadline

31 July 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,490per year

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

University information

Edinburgh Napier University

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Edinburgh Napier University, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 1DJ, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 85 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    183 84%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%



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