Music (MA by Research)

2022-23 (also available for 2021-22)

Start date

19 September 2022

16 January 2023

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time MA by Research is 1 year (12 months) or part-time is 2 years (24 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Application deadlines

For October 2022

10 June 2022 for International and Scholarship students

1 July 2022 for Home students

For January 2023

21 October 2022 for International and Scholarship students

18 November 2022 for Home students

For April 2023

27 January 2023 for International and Scholarship students

24 February 2023 for Home students

About the research degree

Our broadening of expertise and reputation was reflected by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019, where the University of Huddersfield was 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'.

A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. Such programmes are attractive to those wanting a briefer research degree than a PhD.

Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught masters course. Independent research work is supported by an extensive range of seminars, workshops and research fora.

As a professor of computer composition, my research is focused on how to make new sonorities beyond the mere demonstration of technological advances, and how these new elements integrate or challenge previous musical practices. As such, in my musical output, as well as in the Fluid Corpus Manipulation Project, the focus is on bridging gaps between aesthetic questions and technological ones. With our cutting-edge facilities, such as the Huddersfield Immersive Sound System, and our incredibly wide-ranging research community our research students can explore the full range of possibilities, from creative coding to studio composition and DIY improvisation to chamber mixed music practice.

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Professor Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Professor of Composition and Improvisation

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an Honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

The University of Huddersfield has one of the largest Music and Music Technology postgraduate communities in the UK. With approximately 100 students representing numerous fields of study and well over a dozen nationalities, our postgraduate community is a vital and vibrant part of the life of the department. Recognised research strengths in music include:

  • Composition (including instrumental composition, film music composition and electroacoustic composition)
  • Contemporary music performance and improvisation
  • Sonic arts
  • Music technology
  • Early music
  • Historically informed performance practices
  • Music analysis
  • Cultural, historical and critical musicologies
  • Popular music
  • Archival research
  • Music archaeology
  • Music, politics and identity
  • Voice and embodiment
  • The musicology and practice of production
  • Digital, systematic and empirical musicologies

The University Research, Innovation and Skills webpages and MMT research pages provide information on these research areas, alongside a full listing of academic staff. The CeReNeM Students pages include details of our courses in the composition, performance, technology and study of new music; CMCI is our centre for musicological research; and ReCePP provides a hub for performance studies within the department.

You will need to complete a research proposal outlining your areas of interest and when this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will look for the academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree.

Find out more about Music and Music Technology fee waivers and scholarships.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Researcher Environment

Huddersfield has over 1,000 research students. We have students studying on a part time and full time basis from all over the world with around 45% from overseas and 55% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

If you are interested in finding our further information about our staff or research centres please refer to the [Research |www.hud.ac.uk/research]section of the website

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

When you are offered a place on a research degree, your offer will include confirmation of your supervisory team, and the topic you will be researching.

Whilst the University will use reasonable efforts to ensure your supervisory team remains the same, sometimes it may be necessary to make changes to your team for reasons outside the University’s control, for example if your supervisor leaves the University, or suffers from long term illness. Where this is the case, we will discuss these difficulties with you and seek to either put in place a new supervisory team, or help you to transfer to another research facility, in accordance with our Student Protection Plan.

Changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, for example the University being unable to access its buildings due to fire, flood or pandemic, or the University no longer being able to provide specialist equipment. Where this is the case, we will discuss these issues with you and agree any necessary changes.

Your research project is likely to evolve as you work on it and these minor changes are a natural and expected part of your study. However, we may need to make more significant changes to your topic of research during the course of your studies, either because your area of interest has changed, or because for reasons outside the University’s control we can no longer support your research. If this is the case, we will discuss any changes in topic with you and agree these in writing. If you are an international student, changing topics may affect your visa or ATAS clearance and if this is the case we will discuss this with you before any changes are agreed.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by the University’s Terms and Conditions and a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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