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.

  • 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 or above in Music Production or another related discipline

    Interview You'll be invited to attend an interview and discuss a portfolio of work

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £6,500

    International 2019-20 £12,750

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 Masters 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

Modules include:

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

Entry Requirements


Entry onto this Master’s degree requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive experience in Music Production, your application will be considered.

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 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).



Entry onto this Master's degree will require you to attend an interview.

At interview you will be asked to:

  • Provide a portfolio of professional work to evidence existing experience in Music Production.
  • Give a presentation which will demonstrate your readiness for Postgraduate level practice and show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking.

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.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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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