Music and Audiovisual Media MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: A first degree award of 2:1 or higher (or its equivalent) in Music or a related subject. Applicants with degrees in other creative subjects and/or substantial industry experience may also be considered.
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This programme provides flexible advanced training for students wishing to develop their knowledge and expertise in music and audiovisual media. It offers two pathways – one academic and one practical – which enables you to develop skills according to your own interests and specialisms.

The programme allows you to specialise in areas such as sound-design and composition for moving image media, film and gaming to an advanced level, utilising the industry standard facilities within the Department of Music. You can also develop your knowledge and research skills through approaches to audiovisual media including musicology, critical theory and textual analysis.

Film, television, the gaming industry and web based audiovisual content creation are at once expanding areas for employment for music graduates and the subject of a burgeoning field of academic study. The MA Music and Audiovisual Media responds to both of these developments by offering both practice-based and critical studies pathways.


Why Music?

Lively study environment

As a postgraduate student you'll be able to attend research seminars involving guest speakers from many disciplines and subdisciplines. You'll also be closely involved in concerts performed by professional musicians and students and, if appropriate to your specialism, will have opportunities to perform in our exciting new venue, the Tung Auditorium.

Performance culture

The Department of Music offers an engaging environment for performers, with ample opportunity to get involved in performances. Our Lunchtime Concert Series regularly showcases student work.

Institute of Popular Music (IPM)

Our Institute of Popular Music (IPM) was the first academic centre created specifically to study popular music – and where better than in the home of the Beatles? It also boasts an enviable archive of donated recorded material.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology (ICCaT)

The Department of Music is home to ICCaT, which investigates how music composition and sonic artforms intersect with new technology, performance and perception. ICCaT's research is focussed both on musical practice as well as developing technological resources and software-based tools for creative practitioners and analysis

Tung Auditorium

The Tung Auditorium (opened 2022) is a 400-seat, acoustically optimised music performance space. Its artistic programme includes orchestral and choral music, jazz, folk, pop, electro-acoustic and experimental music. It is a high-performance acoustic space that provides an ideal focus for performance activities within the Department of Music; the concert hall includes specialist instruments such as orchestral percussion, two Steinway D pianos and a magnificent double manual harpsichord. The Tung functions as a public-facing space for a diverse programme of concerts throughout the year.

Working in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

We are intrinsically connected to the city, working closely with musical and cultural partners, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. This particular partnership extends across the spectrum of the Department’s activities, with the Orchestra’s musicians making frequent visits to campus to provide activities which include postgraduate composition workshops and specialist performance masterclasses. Liverpool Philharmonic players frequently participate in MMus ensemble assessments.

Strong research culture

Across the department, our research activity has a strong interdisciplinary nature and is concentrated in three cross-cutting areas:

  • Critical and Contextual Approaches
  • Creative Practice
  • Media and Industry Studies.

Research students participate fully in our research activity. They present papers at the department's research seminars, and work as Teaching Assistants within the School (with pedagogical training and support provided). There are also weekly research, career, and teaching seminars for all postgrads.