Creative Music Practice (MA)

This hybrid degree enables both recent graduates and established creatives and professionals to advance their skills, knowledge and understanding of a rapidly evolving global music ecosystem

Building on the strength and diversity of the university’s undergraduate portfolio in music,this course enables students with a range of musical disciplines (including business, production, sound, events, education, community practice and social enterprise) to develop and launch ambitious and sustainable projects.

Structured around your ambitions, the degree allows practitioners with diverse musical backgrounds and experience to work and develop alongside each other. Practical modules will help you progress a core set of production skills, while modules will allow project work tobe embedded within commercial and critical frameworks.

This developmental and explorative work then feeds into the Creative Music Project, where you’ll negotiate and construct a significant creative and commercially viable music-related business project that’s both market-ready and underpinned by critical analysis.

We have a wide range of creative partnerships. Our music team works closely with festivals and organisations, including Cheltenham Festivals, BBC Introducing and 2000Trees, as well as a diverse range of composers, producers, songwriters, technologists, and leading start-ups: resulting in an extensive network of contacts and high-profile guest speakers.

Course modules

  • Groundwork for Creativity: refine your creative direction and develop your skills and techniques within your chosen area of music practice
  • Fieldwork for Creative Practice: implement a music project with an external partner, location, venue or organisation
  • Critical Contexts: engage with a range of debates including discourses relating to gender, age, place, hybridity, disruptive technology, economics and literature
  • Creativity in Context: apply your creativity in a range of professional contexts (includes support for securing appropriate work experience)
  • Creative Music Project: to complete the MA you will produce a major project that draws on your expertise in your music specialism

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Study style

The programme has a strong practical focus, which allows students to develop and prototype ideas, and is underpinned by a set of critical and theoretical perspectives.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • We will consider a comparable professional or postgraduate qualification
  • Applicants without a bachelor’s degree but with significant industry experience in areas including, but not limited to, music performance, composition, music and sound production, business and teaching are encouraged to apply
  • EU and international students need a minimum IELTS 6.0 overall
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview.
  • All applications must be accompanied by a short project proposal of up to 1,000 words, that details your aims and objectives for the MA, with an indication of potential outcomes. This will be discussed during the interview.
  • All applications must be accompanied by a portfolio - which could include examples of original musical and/or audiovisual work, evidence of music-related business, education and community projects, academic writing about music and related subjects.


Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6700
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Music Creative - Producer/Composer/Songwriter
  • Studio Creative/Engineer
  • Sound Design/Composition for Film, TV, Advertising & Games
  • Live Events - Producer/Promoter
  • Music start-up - Label/Artist management

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

Industry links

The course is part of a subject community and Media School who are embedded in a wide range of creative industries partnerships and ongoing collaborations. The music team works closely with festivals and organisations across Gloucestershire and the South West, including Cheltenham Festivals, BBC Introducing, 2000Trees, Musicworks, and we're able to bring in high profile guests due to our staff's ongoing professional practice and networks.


A hybrid programme of project development and research designed to meet the demands of a hybrid music economy

In a time of rapid evolution in terms of music commerce and technological development, our strength is in our diversity. Students develop a programme of study that enables them to research and scope a creative, commercial or technological project and develop a range of higher skills that will propel them into professional practice, freelance careers or equip them to launch their own music-based start-up.


Benefit from working in a networked environment of dedicated music production labs and creative workspaces

Our music and sound production facilities have been designed to facilitate a range of working practices, from studio recording, electronic music production, ambisonic installation and composition for moving image, through to live and networked performance. In addition, our teaching spaces have been created to respond to emergent pedagogic practices, and students engage in a range of workshops, business pitch and development labs, and make use of project management and communication softwares to enhance their learning and creative development.


Our students are taught by practicing creatives and academics engaged in active research

Our staff work at the leading edge of their fields, and their practice and research positions music in terms of disruptive technology, aesthetics, audiovisual culture, ambisonic and interactive audio, composition and performance, along with new materialist and non-philsophical thought and political economy.

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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