Who should study the MA Music?
If you'd like to focus on Music through a mix of academic and creative study, this undergraduate degree is for you. Our MA programme embraces music's diversity and its relationship to society and the other arts. The flexible structure means you'll have the opportunity to pursue study in another subject or two, alongside Music, right into your final year of study.
In first and second year, you will take courses in music listening, ensemble performance and contextual music scholarship, including historical and contemporary studies. Alongside these, you take additional Music courses as well as one or more outside subjects. In third and fourth year, you have freedom to choose courses from Music and across the University according to the specialisms that you have acquired. Music offers a diverse range of courses including composition, music psychology, performance, film music, music in the community, music analysis, acoustics, options in Scottish traditional music, and a range of music-history courses. In your fourth and final year, you undertake at least one significant course of independent, supervised study, usually dissertation or creative practice music project.
You don't necessarily need to have a formal academic or performance background in music when you arrive - but you need to demonstrate active involvement and passion, for example, through performing, writing about music, promoting music, or similar.
Join a vibrant creative community
Within ECA, you'll find yourself at the heart of a dynamic community.
You'll be ideally placed to study the interaction between music and the other arts such as film, animation, installation and dance. You can take part in Edinburgh's unique multidisciplinary course 'Festivals' and the award-winning 'Music, Style, Identity and Image' (EUSA Teaching Awards, Best Course 2016-7). Your collaborators will include students on our BMus Music and Music Technology degree programmes, as well as taught and research-led postgraduates, and creatives from across Edinburgh College of Art and the wider University.
Leading creative thinkers
You'll be supported by academic staff and practitioners with a world-leading research track record across musical genres.
And during your studies, you'll have the chance to attend guest lectures, workshops and performances by a range of inspirational creative professionals.