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Postgraduate course

Community Music MA

Gain a global perspective of community music practice in the home of the International Centre for Community Music (ICCM).

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This course has been developed with the community music practitioner in mind. We will enable you to deepen your understanding of your practice through research and critical thinking. The course offers a unique opportunity to become a member of the International Centre for Community Music, which is located within York St John University.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject

    Interview and Research Proposal

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Course overview

You will reflect deeply on your existing practice on this course, while receiving support from your supervisors, as well as the wider ICCM community, to challenge and test new ideas through conducting research and exploring theoretical frameworks. Your own practice is at the heart of this course, with an independent supervised project alongside two distinctive modules; Community Music Perspectives and Research Ideas and Practices.

As part of this course you will become a member of the ICCM, which will provide you with an array of special opportunities to contribute to the development and growth of community music practice and scholarship worldwide. You will have the opportunity to play a key part in developing the activities of the Centre, which includes student research symposiums, our online journal Transform: New Voices in Community Music and in networking events.

Course structure

Level 1 


20 credits


Explore and test the connections between theory and practice. You will examine the possibilities for generating and communicating knowledge through practice. Become a practitioner who can communicate research through practice.

40 credits


Interrogate concepts, ideas, and approaches related to international conceptions of community music. You will advance your understanding of the field through current research and practice. In doing so, you will enhance your evaluation and critical skills.

120 credits


Produce a body of work that represents your skills, knowledge and creativity. This project will consist of practical and written elements. The written part will be reflective and critical. It aims to communicate your understanding of the practical element. An academic supervisor will support you throughout this module.

Teaching and assessment

The programme will be delivered through a number of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual supervision sessions from both York St John University staff and by visiting practitioners/scholars. Our Academic Support Team are able to provide help regarding written English, study, research and technology skills if required.

There are three summative assessment points, culminating at the end of each module. In dialogue with the learner, our staff provide regular formative assessment that scaffolds the student's journey, helping them to consolidate learning. The Independent Project will require an individual learning pro-forma, which is tailored to the student's project and ensures that the assessment strategy is appropriate to the research area.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject

    Interview and Research Proposal


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject.

If your undergraduate degree is not in a related field but you have extensive experience of arts practice, your application will be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Interview and portfolio

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

  • Demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • Show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking.

You will also be asked to prepare a presentation outlining the key questions you wish to reflect upon during the programme of study and how these are related to your practice.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and Funding

UK & EU 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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