Music Industry Studies MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 degree or higher (or its equivalent) in any discipline. For students for whom English is a second language there will be the requirement that they attain a minimum of 6.5 IELTS with no band less than 6.0.
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Overview

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered

Come and study with the pioneer of music industry studies at MA level within the UK.

This MA will give you an advanced and discerning knowledge of music industry practices, drawing on our international research and the experience of our tutors. On it you'll investigate current music industry practices in-depth.

The programme is taught alongside the MA in Classical Music Industry, which will broaden your theoretical understanding and opportunities for research. 

All postgraduates also have access to the department's programme of research seminars and performances.

 

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

Due to open in spring 2022, the Tung Auditorium is a 400-seat, acoustically optimised music performance space, capable of facilitating full orchestras. The Auditorium will be a high-performance acoustic space to support the requirements of the Department of Music and will exist as a public-facing space for concerts outside of teaching time.

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.