Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

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How to Apply

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Deadlines

Taught Masters

Although applications for the next academic year will be considered within the period 1 October – 1 September, we strongly suggest that you work towards one of the following deadlines so as not to exclude eligibility for any potential assistance with funding:

Early December (suggested for those looking for external funding)

Mid-February (suggested for those applying for the Herbert Thompson and Julian Rushton Scholarships)

Mid-March (the latest application for study date for those wishing to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding).

Early May (the last application for study date for those wishing to apply for University of Leeds scholarships)

Entry Requirements

Applicants for Taught programmes should have a good Honours degree in a related subject (2:1 or equivalent). Candidates with other relevant experience/qualifications may be considered and may be asked to attend for interview. Further requirements may also be stipulated in individual cases. International students also require IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components (or equivalent). Please see ‘Materials’ tab for further information on the documents that needs to be submitted in order for consideration for entry.

A note on TOEFL: Students may be concerned following reports that the Home Office has confirmed ETS’ licence to provide English language tests (including TOEFL) for immigration purposes has expired. For further details, go to: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/20019/international/313/entry_requirements

Applications procedure

All applications for taught postgraduate study in Music should be made online.

Taught Masters applications

We will pay particular attention to section of the application form which invites you to provide us with further information, where you are asked to comment on relevant experience and your current interests in your chosen subject area.

Materials required

We require the following material in support of your application. Please either upload this material as part of the application process or send all that is applicable as soon as possible after submitting your application to:

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Music
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
UK

All Taught programmes:

  • two academic references
  • transcripts (original copies required) from Bachelors and Master (if applicable) degrees
  • certificates from Bachelors and Master (if applicable) degrees
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (original copies required) if applicable

MMus Critical and Experimental Composition:

  • One recent composition (if score, no larger than A4, reduce if necessary) with recordings if available (can be Soundcloud upload or similar)
  • A copy (or draft) of an essay about music in English of around 2,000 words
  • If you wish to take Performance for your Music specialism, we need to see evidence of your performance standard. Either you can do an audition in person, or else you can submit a recording on DVD (or an internet link to a video recording)

MA Critical and Applied Musicology:

  • A copy (or draft) of an undergraduate dissertation, or an essay in English of around 2,000 words
  • Applicants may be asked to provide a second example of their writing, to provide a fuller assessment of their potential
  • If you wish to take Performance for your Music specialism, we need to see evidence of your performance standard. Either you can do an audition in person, or else you can submit a recording on DVD (or an internet link to a video recording)
  • If you wish to take Composition for your Music specialism, please submit one recent composition (if score, no larger than A4, reduce if necessary) with recordings if available (can be Soundcloud upload or similar)

MA Electronic and Computer Music:

  • Examples of software programming and/or applied use of computer music software produced at undergraduate level or professionally
  • An essay written in English with references on any subject which gives an indication of your ability to write in an academic style
  • In lieu of software programming examples, other examples of work which demonstrate a theoretical understanding of digital audio, programming skills, or other knowledge that may be relevant to the course
  • If you wish to take Performance for your Music specialism, we need to see evidence of your performance standard. Either you can do an audition in person, or else you can submit a recording on DVD (or an internet link to a video recording)
  • If you wish to take Composition for your Music specialism, please submit one recent composition (if score, no larger than A4, reduce if necessary) with recordings if available (can be Soundcloud upload or similar)

MMus Performance:

  • A copy (or draft) of an undergraduate dissertation, or an essay in English of around 2,000 words
  • A repertoire list of works studied over the last two years and any details of performances, masterclasses, chamber music, orchestral experience that might be relevant.
  • For candidates not resident in the UK only, a recording of 20-30 minutes duration (consisting of two or three contrasting works) demonstrating the following: technical facility, thoughtful interpretation, individual personality and flair and historical style awareness. This should be a true and accurate representation of a student’s performing ability. (Please do not send a recording if you will be attending for interview).
  • If you wish to take Composition for your Music specialism, please submit one recent composition (if score, no larger than A4, reduce if necessary) with recordings if available (can be Soundcloud upload or similar)

MA Applied Psychology of Music:

  • A copy (or draft) of an undergraduate dissertation, or an essay in English of a minimum of 2,000 words (preferably 4,000)
  • Applicants may be asked to provide a second example of their writing, to provide a fuller assessment of their potential
  • If you wish to take Performance for your Music specialism, we need to see evidence of your performance standard. Either you can do an audition in person, or else you can submit a recording on DVD (or an internet link to a video recording)
  • If you wish to take Composition for your Music specialism, please submit one recent composition (if score, no larger than A4, reduce if necessary) with recordings if available (can be Soundcloud upload or similar)

MA Music and Management:

  • If you wish to take Performance for your Music specialism, we need to see evidence of your performance standard. Either you can do an audition in person, or else you can submit a recording on DVD (or an internet link to a video recording)
  • If you wish to take Composition for your Music specialism, please submit one recent composition (if score, no larger than A4, reduce if necessary) with recordings if available (can be Soundcloud upload or similar)

International Students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum requirements are: 6.5 IELTS or equivalent for MA, MMus and research programmes. 6.0 IELTS for the Graduate Diploma in Music.

The University of Leeds Language Centre provides a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses which are designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a taught postgraduate degree programme. Courses start in September, January, April, July or August.  For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact the Language Centre via e-mail : langc@leeds.ac.uk

For help with this and other issues, please visit the International Centre website (opens in a new window)

Information for Academic Referees

Please provide as much information as possible about the candidate’s academic studies and relevant work experience. You will be emailed a pro-forma, but you are also permitted to use institution letter-headed paper, and the reference can be up to two sides of A4.

For those candidates who have applied for scholarships in particular, but for all candidates in general, please note that we use the following criteria for assessment:

Degree level (e.g. BSc, MA)

Degree classification (or predicted classification if degree not yet completed)

Literacy level

Dissertation / Subject-specific marks

Grades for modules across all years (such as upward projection)

Student statement

Exhibitions, publications, compositions and prizes

Work experience relevant to the programme

Please comment on as many of these areas as possible within your referee statement.

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