Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Your Application

Personal Statement

Your personal statement will help us to understand the nature of your interest in, and commitment to the subject for which you are applying. It is an opportunity for you to express your motivation, enthusiasm and aptitude to study on this particular course. You may wish to describe relevant academic and/or practical work or activities, work or internship experience, your career aspirations and the sources of inspiration for your academic interests/creative practice.

Sample of Written Work

If you are applying for the MA Applied Psychology of Music, MMus Critical and Experimental CompositionMA Critical and Applied Musicology, or MA Electronic and Computer Music programme you must upload as part of your application a sample of your own written work (in English), where possible on a subject relevant to your chosen degree programme. This should be a copy or draft of a dissertation, or an essay of around 2000 words (around 4000 words for the MA Applied Psychology of Music), must be properly referenced, and should include a bibliography or reference list depending on your citation style.

Samples of Composition and Performance Work

If you are applying for the MMus Critical and Experimental Composition your application must include submission of a recent composition. This may take the form of a link to a website, Dropbox, Soundcloud, or similar, or you may send a hard-copy score (no larger than A4) and recording to the School of Music by post if you would prefer, in which case you should note this in your application.

If you are applying for the MA or PGDip in Performance you will have to audition for a place on the course; if you do not live in the UK and cannot attend Leeds for an audition, please send us a recording of your performance or a link to an online recording of your performance that is 20-30 minutes in length, including at least 2 or 3 contrasting works of music. We will expect you to demonstrate technical ability, thoughtful interpretation of the pieces, awareness of historical style, individual personality and flair. In this recording you should be demonstrating something of the style in which you feel you want to develop, and please make sure that your submission presents different aspects of your musicianship (e.g. tempo, key, style, language). The recording should be a true and accurate representation of your performing ability. You will also need to submit a repertoire list of works studied over the last two years, and details of any performances, masterclasses, chamber music or orchestral experience that might be relevant to your application.

Degree Transcript and Certificate

You must submit your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying, as part of your application. All documents should be in English or accompanied by a certified translation into English, and an explanation of the grading system must be included for qualifications taken outside the UK.

Academic References

You must provide two references written by academic referees as part of your application. We expect your references to focus on your academic abilities and address the following:

  • How long your referees have known you and in what capacity.
  • How you compare academically to other students on your undergraduate/Masters course, and how this can be shown through your grades and predicted grades.
  • How you would contribute to and benefit from postgraduate study.

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