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 student practitioner in mind. We will enable you to deepen your understanding of community music by exploring practice-led research, which is underpinned by theory. The programme offers students a unique opportunity to become a member of the ICCM, which is located within York St John University.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Performance & Media Production

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview you'll be invited to attend an interview

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

You will reflect deeply on your existing practice on this programme, whilst receiving support from our experts 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

Modules include:

  • The Reflective Practitioner (20 credits)
  • Community Music Perspectives (40 credits)
  • Community Music Independent Project (120 credits)

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


You must meet the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study.

For all candidates there will be an interview and consideration of a portfolio of work, consisting of examples of their previous and current practice. The portfolio is a central element of our consideration of applications and also an opportunity for the candidate to find out more about the programme. In interviews, all candidates will be asked to give a short presentation. The criteria for this are as follows: 

Demonstration of readiness for graduate level practice

Evidence of engagement with critical thinking We are happy to arrange interviews by distance for overseas students.

Candidates would normally be considered for interview if they meet the following criteria:

Graduates with an honours degree at 2:2 or above in a related subject (e.g. Drama, Theatre, Live Art, Dance, Music, Place/Space/Time Based Art) will normally register for the MA. If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University (see our Entry Level Requirements page).

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more on the Government website.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJ Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE). 

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. 

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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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