MA/PGDip Music

We are still accepting applications for this course for September 2021 entry as well as applications for September 2022 entry.

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MA/PGDip Music at Leeds Conservatoire

Postgraduate music study at Leeds Conservatoire offers you the opportunity to collaborate with leading composers, performers and producers as you develop your skills as a professional-level musician.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Tutors: Professor Andrew West, Dr Jacob Thompson-Bell
  • UCAS Code: W33F (MA) / W41F (PgDip)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: University of Hull


Course overview

A collaborative curriculum

As part of an international and eclectic community, you will engage in one-to-one tutorials with a specialist tutor, and take part in lectures, workshops and seminars designed to help you explore methodologies for producing high quality material, and increase your critical awareness of how your work is received.

Expert tutors

Representing a broad range of genres and disciplines and embracing everything from film music to jazz, classical, sound art and popular music, our course tutors are world-class musicians and leading academics with extensive experience in providing bespoke guidance. 

Industry professionals

The MA Music curriculum is enhanced by professional mentors who give individual guidance to students, and informed by an annual steering group of experienced industry professionals actively involved in areas such as music journalism, artist management, and public arts funding. 

Social impact of music making

Promoting the development of independent thought and original practice, the curriculum emphasises an appreciation of the social impact of music making, both at local and global levels.

What you will study

Studying on the MA Music, you will benefit from our uniquely flexible course, which allows you to focus on different creative specialisms from one trimester to the next. You can study to PgDip level (from September to June) or MA level (from September to September).


Specialist Study

Each trimester, subject to a suitable level of existing proficiency, you can request that you tuition incorporates one or more of the following specialisms: composition, performance and production. You then choose to be assessed either through recorded/scored work submitted as a portfolio, or by live performance or installation. 

In the final trimester, all students progressing to Masters level are required to present their work publicly, rather than through portfolio; you develop this work with the guidance of one to one tutors, course tutors, professional guests and fellow group members.

Creative Practice in Context

In group-taught sessions, tutorials and through individual research you are invited to conduct critical and analytical research into your own practice as it relates to relevant surrounding creative and professional cultures. Assessment is either through submitted written essay or presentation/spoken exam.


Group taught sessions are held on Thursdays. One-to-one sessions and tutorials are scheduled separately. 

These module specifications are correct for the 2020/21 academic year. In compliance with University of Hull regulations, the conservatoire retains the right to make minor amendments and improvements to course, programme and module content year on year. This may result in minor changes to these specifications for the 2021/22 academic year.


MA Music Course Film


Postgraduate Playlist

Check out a selection of tracks from Postgraduate students, developed during their time at Leeds Conservatoire.

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With a deep understanding of the creative and industrial contexts within which your practice exists, as an alumnus you will be prepared for a career as a musician. 

Our postgraduate students have received commissions, performed at regional and international festivals including South by South West, The Reeperbahn Festival, Glastonbury and Live at Leeds, progressed to teaching positions, and created public installations.

Course Tutors

Matthew Bourne
Dr Matthew BournePrincipal Lecturer/1:1 Tutor: Jazz, MA Music

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz), MA Music

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Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts


Course Type: MA Postgraduate Degree
Duration: 1 year
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document 2021/22 


Course Type: Postgraduate Diploma
Duration: 10 months
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September
Validated by: University of Hull

Course Key Information Document 2021/22


How to Apply

We are still accepting applications for this course for September 2021.

Apply via UCAS Conservatoires

UCAS Code: MA Music – W33F, PgDip Music – W41F

UCAS Institution Code: L31

Apply directly to Leeds Conservatoire

Alternatively you can apply directly to Leeds Conservatoire via our Postgraduate Direct Application Form.

Find out more.

Entry Requirements
  • A good honours degree in any subject, with an upper 2nd (2:1) classification or equivalent 


  • Professional experience equivalent to a good honours degree (see our APEL process) 
  • All suitable applicants are invited for interview and/or audition
  • All international students must have a British Council English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0
Audition Information

MA Music applicants will need to audition.
Your audition or interview is your chance to demonstrate your suitability to study at postgraduate level at Leeds Conservatoire.

Due to current social distancing guidelines, we are asking all applicants to submit audition materials online this year, rather than attend in-person events.

Find out more about auditions.

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees For 2021 Entry

Home (UK) residents


UCAS Conservatoires
Course Code

Tuition Fee

MA Music (Full time) 



PgDip  Music (Full time)



International students


UCAS Conservatoires
Course Code

Tuition Fee

MA Music (Full time) 



PgDip Music (Full time)



Tuition fees pay for the cost of teaching, assessment, validation, the facilities, support and administration of your course.
Find out more.

Tuition Fees for 2022 (Home/International)

MA Music (W33F - 1 year full-time) - £11,000/£18,300*

PgDip Music (W41F - 10 months full-time) - £7,000/£12,500*

*subject to board approval - fees are provisional not finalised and are indicative of expected fees for 2022 entry

Funding For Masters Courses

Funding options

Download our guide to Postgraduate funding at Leeds Conservatoire.

Student Loans for Masters level study are available for many UK and EU applicants.

There are also a range of Scholarships & Bursaries available.

Read more on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding page.

Student profiles

Art BanymandhubMMus Creative Musician (now MA Music)

Art Banymandhub is a solo electric bassist and double bassist born in Mauritius and studying on the MMus Creative Musician postgraduate degree at Leeds Conservatoire.

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Agne BergelyteMMus Creative Musician (now MA Music)

Agne is a classically trained violinist from Lithuania. After graduating from in Liverpool, she released mini-album Behind The Light and embarked on MMus Creative Musician (MA Music) in 2017

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Our community

Our eclectic community comes from all over the world to write, interpret, discover, explore and reflect upon original and existing forms of music. 

Postgraduate students have the opportunity to meet industry guests from across the spectrum, with recent guests including: 

  • Anna Meredith MBE – Composer, producer and performer
  • Neil Davidge – Producer with Massive Attack
  • Harry Escott - Film score composer
  • Tom McRae - Singer, songwriter, recording and touring artist
  • Malcolm Joseph - Bass guitarist with Grace Jones
  • Ayanna Witter Johnson - Composer, performer and musician
  • Scanner - Electronic musician and multimedia artist
Postgraduate Online Open Days

Find out what it’s like to study at Leeds Conservatoire by coming along to an Online Open Day. 

Our Online Open Days allow you to find out more about our postgraduate courses, meet our teaching staff and virtually tour our facilities.

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