Music Education MA

London, Bloomsbury

The Music Education MA will introduce students to research and research-informed practice at the forefront of music education. The programme will provide tools for interrogating musical and educational assumptions, values and practices. It will help students to expand their understanding of effective music teaching, evaluation and assessment across the lifespan.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£11,800
£5,900
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£26,200
£13,100
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in music, music education and/or arts education, or a related field of study. There may be particular circumstances where professional experience and/or study or work portfolio is considered by the Programme Leader(s) in order to satisfy entry requirements.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Undertaking the Music Education MA programme will allow students to develop their critical thinking and ability to interrogate current educational research, literature and practice in the overarching fields of music and music education. They will also have the opportunity to pursue specialist lines of enquiry that are related to their own professional and/or academic interests, working alongside prominent academics in the field.

Who this course is for

This programme is suited to those with a passion for music and a specific interest in music education. Applicants are likely to have had previous experience in teaching, performing, composing, producing, advocating, and/or researching in the fields of music and/or arts education.

What this course will give you

The Music Education MA at UCL is one of the largest recruiting programmes of its type dedicated to music education in the world. It offers a detailed, broad-based view of music education through deep engagement with cutting-edge scholarship. It is an excellent platform for instrumental or class music teachers to develop their practices, or for aspiring music educators, community music leaders, or academics, to learn about key underpinning philosophies, research, and pedagogical approaches essential to music teaching and learning.   

The programme is taught by leading academics with current and extensive expertise in externally-funded research. Research and publications from our lecturers have significant impact on educational policy and practice both in the UK and internationally. This informs learning and teaching on the programme whilst fostering the development of a research-based culture. Many of our students pursue further study at doctoral and post-doctoral level.

Our programme meets the needs of a wide range of professionals from across the international communities of music and music education. Our alumni have been and continue to be leading figures in education worldwide.

The foundation of your career

Our MA students develop confidence in understanding music education research and other scholarship in fields of psychology, philosophy and sociology and, moreover, how these inform e.g., pedagogy, policy and curricular development, etc. As a consequence, past students have a strong record of success in obtaining music teaching and leadership roles in schools, in music hubs, for charities, in education departments and in arts organisations worldwide. Alumni are also currently working as lecturers in Further and Higher Education. Graduates have also been successful in entering PhD programmes at UCL or other universities.

Employability

Graduates of this programme are currently working as:

  • advocates for the arts
  • arts, health and wellbeing therapists
  • composers
  • doctoral and post-doctoral researchers
  • freelance music teachers
  • further Education lecturers
  • music education hub managers
  • music teachers in primary and secondary schools
  • performers
  • primary music co-ordinators
  • producers
  • university lecturers

Teaching and learning

The main mode of delivery is through a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

There are ten-week lecture courses for the two core modules, and also for Critical Studies in Music Pedagogy and Practice (optional module), with sessions held in the evenings at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society. However, the Choral Conducting Leadership and Communication optional module takes place over five full days at the Institute, as well as through additional student-led sessions. Students are also required to engage actively with UCL's online learning environments across the programme. The Music Technology in Education optional module is delivered online. All students are entitled to face-to-face tutorials with their allocated tutors. 

Assessment is predominantly through a written assignment for each taught module.

Modules

The programme can be taken full-time across one academic year. You will take two compulsory modules, with attendance at 10-week lecture courses on the sociology, philosophy and psychology of music education, and have a choice of three optional modules: Music Technology in Education, with its online tasks and portfolio work; Choral Conducting Leadership and Communication, with its taught and student-led practical musical activities; and Critical Studies in Music Pedagogy and Practice, again with a 10-week lecture programme and either teaching observations or a practitioner project. You will also opt for either a report or dissertation, both which entail either a piece of empirical research and/or an extended literature review on an area of music education.

Part-time students choose their own annual module selections for this programme. The part-time format is two years of study. You will take two compulsory modules, with attendance at 10-week lecture courses on the sociology, philosophy and psychology of music education, and have a choice of three optional modules: Music Technology in Education, with its online tasks and portfolio work; Choral Conducting Leadership and Communication, with its taught and student-led practical musical activities; and Critical Studies in Music Pedagogy and Practice, again with a 10-week lecture programme and either teaching observations or a practitioner project. You will also opt for either a report or dissertation, both which entail either a piece of empirical research and/or an extended literature review on an area of music education. This is normally taken in the second year.

Modular-flexible students choose their own annual module selections for this programme. The modular-flexible format is up to 5 years of study. Across your studies, you will take two compulsory modules, with attendance at 10-week lecture courses on the sociology, philosophy and psychology of music education, and have a choice of three optional modules: Music Technology in Education, with its online tasks and portfolio work; Choral Conducting Leadership and Communication, with its taught and student-led practical musical activities; and Critical Studies in Music Pedagogy and Practice, again with a 10-week lecture programme and either teaching observations or a practitioner project. You will also opt for either a report or dissertation, both which entail either a piece of empirical research and/or an extended literature review on an area of music education. This is normally taken in the final year.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Music Education.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £11,800 £5,900
Tuition fees (2023/24) £26,200 £13,100

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their report or dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Available funding opportunities can be viewed here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/about/global-engagement/scholarships-funding    

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Music Education at graduate level
  • why you want to study Music Education at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

The programme is focused on scholarship relating to music teaching and learning, rather than musical performance, etc. Although a high standard of musical performance is expected, candidates must have a significant desire to engage with published research and academic literature, and to produce high-quality written work on music education themes. As such, international applicants must demonstrate English proficiency at the stated level. Experience of working in music and/or arts education is valued too. There is no audition for this programme, but candidates may be invited to an interview.  

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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