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Postgraduate course

Music Production MA

Explore, broaden and challenge your music production skills, developing a sound understanding of practice-based research in music production.

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You will be taught and guided by our expert staff, who have professional profiles within the industry, as you explore the theories and concepts that surround practice-based research in music production.

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 or above in Music Production or another related discipline

    Interview and a portfolio of work

Tuition Fees

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

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Course overview

On this course you will examine the relationship between music and the wider cultural, social and economic circumstances of its production and reception. We encourage you to focus on contemporary ideas and developments emerging within the industry. Interdisciplinary learning is encouraged and you will consider complex questions about creativity and knowledge alongside students from other practice-led master's programmes.

You will undertake two taught modules in the first semester, which will help you to develop the necessary frameworks of thought enabling you to progress to the final stage of the programme. This specialist knowledge will inform your final independent music production focused on the area of music production which most excites you.

Our Music Production Team has a high profile within academic publishing in this subject area, most notably with the Perspectives on Music Production series published by Routledge.

Course structure

Level 1


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will interrogate concepts and methodologies of practice-based research through lectures, critical discussion and reflective engagement with your practice. Consider how knowledge can be generated, questioned and communicated through practice by making, doing and experiencing.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and musicological heritage that has framed the study of music production. You will study concepts that have shaped this discipline and examine the epistemological and ideological frameworks behind them. Through group discussion and exploration you will consider your practice in reference to these concepts alongside cross-disciplinary practices, vocabularies and methodologies.

Credits: 120

Compulsory module

Produce a body of works that demonstrates the skills, knowledge and creativity gained on the course. You will also develop reflective, critical and contextual work that articulates and communicates an understanding of your practice. This project will consist of practical and written elements. Your practical element could be a performance, event, exhibition, or installation. The written part will be reflective and critical and aim to communicate your understanding of the practical element. An academic supervisor will support you throughout this module.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 or above in Music Production or another related discipline

    Interview and a portfolio of work


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 music production, 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 will require you to attend 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 complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current performance 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 2021 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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