17 / 09 / 2012
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
10-20 (this number may be subject to change)
Full Time / Part Time
Available at the following campuses:
* Admission is available to Honours graduates in Music and holders of Graduate Diplomas in Music.
* If you intend to specialise in performance you should have achieved a standard of vocal or instrumental performance equivalent to that of the LRSM Performers' Diploma. Performance applicants will be auditioned and should submit a piece of written work. If you intend to specialise in musicology or analysis you should submit a relevant piece of current written work. Your application should be supported by references from two referees, one of whom should have knowledge of your current abilities within music.
Tel: 01484 471336/472375
You will join a thriving community of postgraduate musicians receiving regular individual tuition from staff with national and international reputations. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of Music’s work was recognised as of international standing with 20% classified as ‘world leading’.
On this course your choice of specialisms are: Analysis, Critical Musicology, Historical Musicology, Performance, Brass Band Performance, Contemporary Music Performance, Popular Music Performance and Performance Studies.
You will be able to collaborate with composers, performers and musicologists, work with visiting guest musicians and perform in the University’s regular concerts series. You will be based in the Creative Arts Building with its purpose-built facilities, with access to the well-resourced Music Library. You will also be able to experience recent developments in new music first hand at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, based at the University.
The course consists of four elements:
- Issues in Music Research
You attend a series of seminars designed to stimulate advanced musical thought, introduce you to new musical ideas, and develop good practice in musical research.
- Specialist Musical Study
You pursue a programme of classes and independent work appropriate to your specialism and in preparation for the Advanced Specialist Study, resulting in two submissions (performances, essays, seminar presentations).
- Supporting Study
You attend seminars directed towards your specialism, aimed at examining the skills required and issues involved in your specialist study.
- Advanced Specialist Study
The culmination of the course is the submission or presentation of a single item appropriate to your specialism (such as a recital or a dissertation).
The subject-specific skills you develop will enhance your intellectual self-confidence and capacity for a career within or outside the music world. The course also provides you with a firm foundation for doctoral research.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tuition with your tutor, and individual practical tuition from visiting instrumental or vocal teachers for Performance and Performance Studies students.
You will be required to submit pieces of written work relating to the prescribed lectures and seminars. In addition, depending on your chosen route, you will be required to submit case studies, a dissertation, perform recitals or lecture recitals.
Here at the University of Huddersfield, we continue to work hard to ensure that we set a fee for postgraduate students that is fair and offers you value for money. The tuition fees for postgraduate taught courses will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance, please see Fees and finance.
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Music and Music Technology are taught in the Creative Arts Building. It is purpose-built for music with extensive sound proofing throughout and acoustic tuning. The facilities comprise:
- Four ‘smart classroom’ lecture rooms outfitted with cutting edge audio-visual hardware
- Three computer labs
- 26 practice rooms
- One large ensemble and four chamber ensemble rehearsal rooms
- Two large piano practice rooms
- Two percussion practice rooms
- Organ practice room
- Early music studio
Our music technology facilities are amongst the largest provision in Europe, consisting of:
- 16 world-class, single-user computer composition and recording studios
- Four 25-seat teaching labs
- A cutting-edge, experimental research studio for sound spatialisation
- Four pop performance spaces
- A concert hall seating 120, linked with our main Pro-Tools recording studio, which also has two recording booths
- 11 other cutting-edge studios
- One PC lab
- Two other computer labs each with 25 Macintosh computers, sound cards and MIDI-controllers
The Phipps Concert Hall, complete with brand new Steinway grand piano, seats 120 and houses a concert organ. In addition, St Paul’s Hall, the University’s main performance space, is a beautifully converted and recently renovated Georgian church. Our music library maintains one of the premier collections of 20th and 21st Century music scores and recordings in the United Kingdom.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details. Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
The University also offers a lively musical atmosphere and the opportunity for performance is extremely varied. You could play in ensembles ranging from the classical - symphony orchestra, brass band, chamber choir, to pop music groups such as the folk group, samba band, Motown band or electric guitar ensemble.
The University is home to the internationally renowned Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and every November you have the opportunity to catch up with all that’s up to date in this field of music.The programme always features the world’s leading composers and performers, and you have the opportunity to take part either as a performer with a departmental ensemble or gain work experience in administration, front of house or technical assistance and stewarding.
Regular classical, pop and music technology performances take place throughout the year, either by student performers or visiting artists. Recent visitors have included pianists Martin Roscoe and Peter Hill, the Rose Consort of Viols, clarinettist Chris Swann, LSO trumpeter Rod Franks, soprano Lynne Dawson and jazz trumpeter Steve Waterman. In September 2010 Ensemble 360 was appointed Ensemble-in-Residence.
Huddersfield is close to Leeds, Manchester, Bradford, Sheffield, within easy access to both large-scale and smaller performance venues and Huddersfield itself has a varied and active concerts scene.
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
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 to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.
Performance Postgraduate Diploma