MA Music (2024)

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MA Music at Leeds Conservatoire

Kickstart your music career with our MA in Music. This practical degree is designed to develop your artform and enhance your musical skills, professional approach, and innovative thinking, equipping you for the dynamic nature of today's music industry. 

At Leeds Conservatoire, students take charge of their personal, creative, and intellectual development, maturing into accomplished musicians and thoughtful professionals ready to achieve long-lasting success in the music industry. 

Your unique passions and talents will be championed and you'll be encouraged to delve deep, experiment, and discover new ideas and approaches to your artistry. 

You’ll also gain the confidence to produce your finest work and make your mark in the competitive international music arena. 

You'll get to focus on one of several specialisations—Classical, Jazz, Composition, or Film, TV & Games Music—providing you with a tailored path to fulfil your musical ambitions with a more focused experience. 

Please note, for 2025 entry there is a brand-new suite of postgraduate music courses including:

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Tutors: Dr Lewis Kennedy, Dr Jack Harbord
  • UCAS Code: W33F (MA)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: University of Hull


Course overview

A collaborative curriculum

When you enrol at Leeds Conservatoire you will join a lively community of creative practice. We celebrate creative diversity, fostering collaboration among practitioners from varied stylistic backgrounds to pioneer new musical frontiers. 

Through dynamic group sessions, students from diverse stylistic backgrounds will collaborate, sparking innovation and forging lifelong connections, and build foundations for sustainable careers in the industry.  

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 choose your focus from a range of different creative specialisms. You can study to  MA level (from September to September).

See Module Specification Documents for more details.


Your tuition will be focused on one of the following specialisms: composition, performance or 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.

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.

The MA Music timetable is split between regular group-taught sessions and one-to-one and tutorial sessions. Timetables will be confirmed at the start of the 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.

Meet our Alumni

Tutor profiles

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Dr Jack HarbordAcademic Manager - School of Popular Music and Voice

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Popular), BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting)

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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 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 


Apply via UCAS Conservatoires

UCAS Code: MA Music – W33F

UCAS Institution Code: L31

Apply directly to Leeds Conservatoire

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

Find out more about the application process.

  • A good honours degree in any subject, with a 2nd (2:2) 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

The MA Music Audition process is in two stages.

You will be invited to submit materials to us for assessment. You will then be invited to a short interview with our MA Music team.

Read the MA Music Audition Requirements on our Auditions page.

Funding options

Student Loans for Masters level study are available for many Home applicants.

There are also a range of Scholarships & Bursaries available.

Read more on our Postgraduate Fees & Funding page.


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 Open Days

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

Both Online and On-Campus Open Days allow you to find out more about our postgraduate courses, meet our teaching staff and see our facilities.

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