Music and the Environment MA

UCAS code W302
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

Creative artists make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the creative economy, particularly in rural communities.

The MA Music and the Environment provides a foundation for musicians to develop new paths for creative, entrepreneurial and environmentally responsible endeavours. In addition, the course equips musicians to work within their own community, establishing effective and successful contributions to their local economy.

The course focuses on the three distinct but interrelated themes of music performance and creation; the cultural and historical context; and the creative economy and sustainability.  Activities during the course encourage and demand the skills of observation, investigation, experimentation, reflection, creation, innovation and design.

Special features

  • Opportunity to work in one of the richest natural and cultural environments in the world with leading musicians and experts in the heritage and historical context
  • Chance to work on real-life work scenarios to develop new works, performances and enterprises in local settings across the Highlands and Islands
  • You will gain key skills and expertise to form complex and compelling artistic works, with a clear understanding of relevant environmental factors
  • You will also acquire skills to create sustainable enterprises and make a contribution to the creative economy and network of other artists in the UK and Europe

Entry requirements

  • Relevant Honours degree
  • Professional musicians, composers, and creative entrepreneurs with relevant work experience are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

 

*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Access routes

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Music and the environment: space, place, and people
  • Sustainable creative endeavour in contemporary society

You will also choose one option from a range of music and humanities modules

PgDip

The core module is:

  • Music creation and collaboration

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Research and music production
  • Making music matter

MA

To achieve the award of MA you must also complete a final project or dissertation

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)

You will study through a combination of video-conference lectures, online via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), and face-to face through attendance at residentials.


How long will my course last?


  • Full Time: 1 Year
  • Part Time: 2 Years

Fees

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2017-18   
  Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £852
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,556
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £5,112
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,660

 

2016-17   
  Scottish
online
Rest of UK
(inc EU)
online
International
online
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £820
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,460
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £4,920
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,380

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course prepares students for various careers in the creative industries:

  • Performing musician
  • Composer or arranger
  • Creative entrepreneur
  • Community musician
  • Event organiser

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Directed by some of the top music professionals in the country, the course provided new challenges and helped me reflect on those endeavours and place them in a deeper musical and research context. The elements I particularly enjoyed were the blended learning aspect of the course; the focus on delivery at masters level and the opportunity to mix theoretical with practical. Since graduating I have created a new guitar school, ‘The Novar Guitar School’, based in Glasgow. Many of the concepts and ideas that form the ethos of the school were developed during the masters course.

Alan Geddes, MA Music and the Environment graduate.

If you´re interested in music, culture, history and how music relates to society this course is for you. It´s hard work but it´s a great experience. The fact that it´s distance learning makes it easier for those who live in rural areas or in other parts of the world.

The lecturers try to shape the discussions and content to our own individual interests, work and everyday life - it often feels like each class has been designed for me.

Singer-songwriter Eric Escudero is enrolled at our Lews Castle College UHI campus on the MA Music and the Environment and studies from his home in São Paulo, Brazil.

Apply for Music and the Environment MA

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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