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MA Music (English Church Music Pathway)

MA Music (English Church Music Pathway)

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Full time | Vanbrugh College | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Music Studies Religion: History Christian Religious Studies Europe: 'Classical' Music Of Specific Countries

Course type


Course Summary

?If you are a musicologist, singer, organist, or liturgist with a keen interest in English Church music, this pathway of our MA Music could be for you.?

You'll explore in detail the music created and shared in English churches, from the late Medieval period to the present day.

Through weekly seminars, you'll gain a comprehensive overview of English church music. You'll be able to specialise in topics that interest you, such as defined historical or liturgical topics, manuscript studies or editing projects. You'll be part of a small group, meaning we're able to tailor what we teach to the specific interests of you and your classmates.

We encourage you to get involved in the lively community of our department, from participating in department ensembles to attending our weekly research seminars.

Assessment and feedback

?You’ll produce Guided Submissions in the first section of your course and a larger Independent Submission towards the end.

Careers and skills

English Church Music students have gone on to a variety of jobs. Others have undertaken further academic work towards a PhD, and the pathway has also appealed to students who wish to further their study in retirement.

Career opportunities

  • Cathedral Liturgical Assistant
  • Cathedral Assistant Organist
  • Editorial Assistant at a music publisher
  • Cathedral Lay Clerk
  • Community outreach officer
  • Arts development officer


This module aims to build on the techniques developed in Project 1 in order to produce a more sophisticated project showing critical, reflective and informed practice in relation to the students individual and ensemble music making, composition or research. These elements are taught largely through individual tutorials and/or vocal or instrumental lessons; the class-based elements of the module teaching help students work towards an understanding of the knowledge/creativity balance, an ability to reflect self-critically and a more nuanced way of articulating these factors.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent in Music or another relevant discipline. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 honours degree and relevant professional experience.