This programme offers an opportunity to international students whose first language is not English or who do not have experience of the UK undergraduate learning environment to take a selection of music modules at undergraduate level offering depth of study as well as individual choice and specialism. In certain circumstances the programme may also be appropriate for graduates whose degrees are in a subject other than music but who can demonstrate specialist expertise in music, and who wish to prepare for a postgraduate degree in music.
At the end of the programme you will have achieved the following: consolidation of prior learning in music; robust skills training in the study of music in English, in particular, reading and writing about music, listening to music and talking about music; a body of knowledge and understanding in at least one specialist area; practical, intellectual and study skills, on the basis of which you may proceed confidently either into the music profession, or to taught master’s level, and, beyond that, to research. Although the programme may be used as a stepping-stone to a Master’s degree, it also stands as a recognised award in its own right.
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
School of Music
The School of Music brings together internationally acclaimed scholars, composers and performers, to set the highest standards in music research. In 2001 Bretton Hall College was merged with the existing Department of Music to become part of the University 's School of Music, one of the largest academic departments of its kind in the country. The School recently moved to new purpose-built premises at the heart of the Leeds campus.
The Brotherton Library has a fine music collection. The School itself holds a reference library of scores and recordings, including the Pasco Clark Collection of Opera Vocal Scores. The British Library lending division is also nearby in Boston Spa.
The School has its own teaching spaces and practice rooms. There is a postgraduate room and plentiful computer facilities including a Sibelius music processor. The School's active research in the field of music technology and electro-acoustic composition ensures that it has an excellent up-to-date electronics studio. Leeds has a thriving cultural and music scene.
The University offers a number of scholarships, which are augmented by departmental awards including the Stanley Burton Scholarship (for PhD study, offering fees paid + £6,500 maintenance grant) and a number of other scholarships for both research and taught courses.
What you study
You will study basic and foundation skills through the compulsory course modules Music in History and Culture and either Analysis of Tonal Music or Approaches to the Analysis of Popular and World Musics. You will also study a defined musicological area through one of the compulsory modules, either Minor Dissertation or Special Studies in Music B. Beyond that, you have considerable choice so that your studies can be tailored to your individual needs