Postgraduate Opportunities in Music

This online chat event is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the postgraduate programmes available in the Department of Music:

The Department of Music is one of the most distinguished in the UK, with a history stretching back to 1905 when Edward Elgar was appointed the University’s first Professor of Music, and looking forward to the latest cutting edge developments in the practice and study of music. As a postgraduate student in Music you will join one of the most vibrant and exciting Music Departments in the world.

Christopher Haworth (Director of Postgraduate Research for Music) and Dan Brindley (a member of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team at the College of Arts and Law) are available between 14:00-15:00 for the Live Q&A to answer any questions you might have about studying in the department.

You are very welcome to ask our current and previous students about their experience of studying Music at Birmingham.

More information about postgraduate studies in the Department of Music

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Speaker profiles

  • Christopher Haworth

    Christopher is Director of Postgraduate Research for Music. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Dan Brindley

    Dan is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate Opportunities in Music live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these online chat events over the coming months so please check www.pg.bham.ac.uk now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on 23 November 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Suzanne Briggs asked:

As I would have to study by distance learning, would there still be opportunities for me to workshop my compositions with musicians associated with the university? (I could travel for this).

Christopher Haworth replied:

Dear Suzanne,

While we cannot guarantee these as part of our offer, mainly because they rely on third parties, we do have established performance opportunities for which we try to prioritise student work. These include BCMG workshops, postgraduate chamber music workshops, New Music Ensemble performances, and the BEAST FEaST and CrossCurrents festivals.

Best wishes,

Christopher

Suzanne Briggs asked:

With regard to payment of fees for a Masters Degree: is it possible to pay fees by instalments throughout the year or are fees paid in full at the start of the course?

Christopher Haworth replied:

Dear Suzanne,

Thank you for your inquiry.

Please see the following link for information on paying fees: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/offer/fees-and-funding.aspx.

Best wishes,

Christopher

 

Suzanne Briggs asked:

If studying by distance learning, how much contact is there with university staff and what form does this take? (telephone/video conference meetings/email).

Christopher Haworth replied:

Dear Suzanne,

Thank you for your question. For distance learning students, monthly meetings are conducted by Skype or equivalent. Contact takes other forms, though (email etc), and is not restricted to any particular amount.

Best wishes,

Christopher

Suzanne Briggs asked:

I am interested in the MA Composition by distance learning. In terms of submitting a portfolio as part of work as part of the application process, what kind of length is required for each piece?

Christopher Haworth replied:

Dear Suzanne,

Thank you for your question.

Due to the difficulty with quantifying ‘work’ in composition, there are no fixed guidelines on lengths for either individual pieces or the portfolio as a whole. However, the guidelines are that you should work to a total duration of
between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the nature and size of the forces used, to be agreed with
their supervisor. The portfolio normally contains a variety of works amounting to the total duration,
but may exceptionally comprise a single large-scale work. Portfolios of compositions should be
accompanied by a short written commentary.

Best wishes,

Christopher