Leeds Conservatoire

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of Hull

MA Music (Taught)

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Course summary

At Leeds Conservatoire, you’ll benefit from a culture in which academic rigour and professional development co-exist. On MA Music (MA / PGDip) you will receive one-to-one tuition with a specialist tutor selected to fit your specific study objectives. In addition, with others drawn from across the music spectrum, you will attend regular seminars, workshops and tutorials designed to help you critically examine, reflect upon and develop your music. Uniquely, the course is designed to allow you to blend specialisms in composition, performance and production. You may wish to study one discipline exclusively, or alternatively choose to focus on different specialisms, working with different specialist tutors; if you are looking to challenge and extend your musical boundaries, no other course offers this kind of flexibility. Studying in an environment that embraces the practice and research of music in all its hybrid forms, you will engage with a combination of practical and critical studies modules that enable you to develop your technical, creative and professional skills. The curriculum, which ensures professional currency through consultation with an industry steering group, is designed to enable you to achieve your aims as an individual, whilst at the same time developing a clear and informed sense of what makes your writing, performance or production style original and marketable. With a deep understanding of the creative and industrial contexts within which your practice exists, as an alumnus you will be prepared for a career as a musician.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Composition
  • Composition (Jazz)
  • Composition for Screen
  • Double Bass


Trimester 1: • Specialist Study 1 – assessed by one of the following: a public performance of existing work a public performance or sharing of original compositions or production work newly created; a portfolio of original compositions/production work evidenced by appropriate documentation, i.e. scores, recordings, etc. • Creative Practice in Context 1 – assessed by one of the following: essay, or presentation with an accompanying written commentary. Trimester 2: • Specialist Study 2 – assessed by one of the following: a public performance of existing work; a public performance or sharing of original compositions; a portfolio of original newly-created compositions/production work evidenced by appropriate documentation, i.e. scores, recordings, etc. • Creative Practice in Context 2 – assessed by one of the following: essay, or presentation and an accompanying written commentary. Trimester 3: • Specialist Study 3 (MA only) – assessed by one of the following, accounting for 70% of the mark: a public performance of existing work/repertoire or a public performance or sharing of original newly-created compositions and/or production work, which may be live or digitally conceived, i.e. application-based, web-based, digital or physical EP release. Additionally, accounting for 30% of the mark, either a written critique examining the creative project submitted, or a panel-led spoken examination examining the creative project submitted. Indicative module specifications can be found via the Leeds Conservatoire website: https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/ma-music-audition

Assessment method

You will be assessed at the end of each of three trimesters (or two if studying PGDip). The music-based assessments will focus on the specialism (or specialisms) in which you have received tuition that trimester, which may include one or more of the following: composition, performance and production. In addition to your creative work, each trimester you will be assessed by an essay or presentation that involves research and critical reflection upon aspects of your music.

How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please visit the international page on our website for further information: http://bit.ly/UCAS-international-apply

Entry requirements

A good first degree (in any subject, normally 2.2 or above). Candidates must also demonstrate appropriate proficiency in their chosen discipline, or disciplines (performance, composition, production or a combination), which will be assessed through an interview/audition. For applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK, the standard requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5

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Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Online portfolio submission (All applicants)No fee charged

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Online portfolio submission (All applicants)Not available at this location

Additional information

Leeds Conservatoire wants to ensure that our application and audition process is fair and accessible to all. For this reason we do not charge an audition fee for any of our courses and are able to refund travel expenses for applicants from low income households for in-person auditions. Please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-study/audition-information/ for up to date details of our audition process.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £11300* Year 1
Northern Ireland £11300* Year 1
Scotland £11300* Year 1
Wales £11300* Year 1
Channel Islands £11300* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £11300* Year 1
EU £18750* Year 1
International £18750* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For details of any additional costs associated with your course, please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study/fees-funding/tuition-fees/ These fees are subject to annual review and may change for 2024/5.
MA Music at Leeds Conservatoire - UCAS