- Entry requirements: Relevant 2:1 degree or equivalent
- Full-time: 12 months
- Part-time: 24 months
The Music MRes allows you to undertake a one year full-time or two year part-time, research project in Music. You will receive training in research skills and supervision from one or more academic specialists in the subject area. The MRes will encourage you to develop research skills whilst undertaking a major research project.
This course introduces you to the inter-disciplinary nature of the field and aims to introduce the wide range of methodologies such studies entail. Further, you are required to consider how you will approach and structure the dissertation as a project in primary research.
You’ll work closely with a research specialist in the broad musicological field in one of the following areas: musicology, popular music, music industries, composition, analysis, audio-visual, music technology.
It is also a good choice if you wish to pursue a research project for purposes of professional development or personal interest. You will become part of a community of active researchers and will be encouraged to pursue your own research interests in collaboration with an academic supervisor.
The programme will enable you to acquire a critical and analytical understanding of a detailed dissertation or composition topic; engage in the wider cultural and critical aspects of the relevant area of expertise by undertaking a research skills training module and an additional module from the School of Music or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences’ pool.
The MRes Music provides excellent preparation for you if you’re intending to undertake a PhD in the Arts.
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International students may be able to study this course on a part-time basis but this is dependent on visa regulations. Please visit the Government website for more information about student visas.
If you're able to study part-time, you'll study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.
Studying part-time means you can study alongside work or any other life commitments. You will study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.
Please note: programme and module details are illustrative and subject to change.
You will choose one optional module alongside your compulsory modules.
The aim of this module is to develop a scholarly bibliography of research resources relevant to your chosen field of study. With guidance from your supervisor(s), you will identify key primary and secondary resources and survey the existing scholarly literature in your area of research.
The module ensures that students posess the research skills needed to undertake the major MRES (Music) project in either musicology or composition. A supervisor will guide through diagnostic procedures and help guide the student towards completion of the portfolio of research preparations (100% of the course assessment).
On this module, which is a core component of the MRes Arts degree, students undertake a preliminary piece of research as preparation for the dissertation project (SOTA703). In collaboration with an academic supervisor or supervisory team, students will develop an extended piece of writing (for example, a sample chapter) based on the proposed area of research. The work done on this module will provide an intellectual foundation for the dissertation and will enable the student, with guidance and feedback from the supervisor(s), to define the scope and boundaries of the research project.
You can register for MUMA701 Major Composition Portfolio in place of SOTA703 Dissertation.
On this module, students will undertake a piece of original research in their chosen field. With guidance from an academic supervisor (or supervisory team) students will produce a dissertation of between 30,000 and 35,000 words (or equivalent) based on their independent research.
The module forms the core of the MRES research element for composers, who will work one-to-one with their named supervisor to produce the main portfolio of composotions, lasting 20 minutes of music in total. The candidate will incorporate elements of either acoustic or electro-acoustic music that attempt to further the current field of new music. Opportunities will be given to have some pieces workshopped/ performed by professional musicians.
Teaching on the MRes Music is delivered primarily through one-on-one tutorials but also includes a combination of workshops and seminars. All teaching takes place on campus. The main core of the programme is the development of a research project with guidance from a specialist supervision team. Individual projects encompass a wide range of topics and can be focussed towards written research projects or more practical areas such as composition, audiovisual work and performance strategies. Workshops take place alongside PhD researchers and include career development and professional skills for those wishing to embark upon a research career. Workshop numbers ten to be small, and a typical class would include between 10-15 students.
Students on the MRes are assessed through a combination of formative and summative coursework. This takes a number of different forms, including annotated bibliographies, research proposals, presentations, compositions and essays. Students undertaking practical projects will work towards the production of a major portfolio of work.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
As a music student at the University of Liverpool, you will be a part of a small and friendly department. With access to our extensive range of facilities including state-of-the-art recording faclilities, our auditorium and professionally maintained instruments. All while being surrounded by like-minded musicians.
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The MRes Music develops key skills to those working or wishing to work in a variety of fields related to music. The MRes is particularly suitable for graduates looking to pursue careers in the arts, culture, creative and heritage sectors, including composition, management in arts and culture organisations and teaching. Some students may want to take this course for its own sake and for the sake of personal development and the revitalization of subject
awareness. Equally, the MRes is designed to prepare students too for further research at
PhD level, and to enable them to enter postgraduate study, thus offering a first
step towards a career in academic teaching and research.
The programme opens up career opportunities which include working in:
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£4,712|
|Part-time place, per year||£2,356|
|Full-time place, per year||£21,850|
|Part-time place, per year||£10,925|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and Postgraduate Loans.
Please note, this programme may have additional costs associated with it depending on your choice of a lab or computational/fieldwork-based project.
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We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.
The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
|Postgraduate entry requirements||
You will need a 2:1 in Music or a closely aligned subject. You will also have to provide a sample of written work e.g. an undergraduate assignment.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, a Pre-Master’s can help you gain a place. This specialist preparation course for postgraduate study is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. Although there’s no direct Pre-Master’s route to this MRes, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification||Requirements|
6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component). For the MRes programme you will need 6.5 in the writing component.
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
Standard Level (Grade 5)
|TOEFL iBT||88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23.|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||C|
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Last updated 11 May 2023 / / Programme terms and conditions /