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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Northampton Square

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Key information

Engage in a unique course that covers the diverse fields of music and sound. Within a vibrant musical community located in the heart of global London, you will develop skills in a topic of your choice including music performance and scholarship, contemporary composition and sound practices.

Benefits of this course

You will learn directly from world-leading artists and scholars who are active creators and researchers. You will collaborate with international visitors in workshops and masterclasses.

You will receive training in fundamental research skills, culminating in a major project in creative practice or scholarly research.

You will refine and develop a topic of your choice in close consultation with an individual supervisor.

Topics include notated and digital music, sound arts, interdisciplinary practices; classical, jazz, and popular performance and improvisation; historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis, and sound studies.

You may get involved in our research centre SPARC and our ground-breaking record label multi.modal distributed by NMC Recordings.


You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.

Master of Arts (MA)

Who is this course for?

If you aim to work professionally in music or advance to a research degree, our programme gives you ideal preparation.

You may have already studied music or a related subject anywhere in the world or be at any stage of your career.


Our music graduates have progressed to teach, compose and perform in various professional and academic settings.

Many have found employment in areas such as music publishing, broadcasting, music management and arts administration.

Others have gone on to pursue further musical study at MPhil or PhD level.

We count award-winning composers among our alumni. They include film sound designer Chris Reading and Nicol Casal, composer for the winning Best Short Film at the 2016 Oscars.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 12,900per year

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

University information

City, University of London

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  • Campus address

    City, University of London, Northampton Square, City of London, EC1V 0HB, England

City is one of the most international UK universities. Students are from over 160 countries, creating a diverse, cosmopolitan university community.
City's supportive alumni network stretches across the globe. They help those thinking of moving to London and organise in-country events after graduation.
City's international student advice team give guidance on the application process, answers questions on visa and immigration issues and check visa documents.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    42nd out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    137 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%



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