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Masters Programmes in the School of Music and Sonic Arts

Dear list,

The School of Music and Sonic Arts at Queen's University Belfast is running 3 Master's programmes.
Please find programme details below.

Masters Programmes in the School of Music and Sonic Arts, Queen’s University Belfast
The School of Music and Sonic Arts’ postgraduate community is one of the largest in the UK or Ireland (+ 50 students in 10/11) with students working on a range of musicological, creative practice and technical projects across the School.  The School boasts an excellent reputation for scholarship in musicology and composition and includes the renowned Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), one of the foremost establishments in the world for research and performance using new technology.
The School offers three MA programmes designed to develop students’ interests in the key areas of staff expertise. All programmes have a duration of 12 months and culminate in a large scale piece of work either as a portfolio (in composition, performance or sound art) or dissertation.
The weekly seminar and concert series in the School, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the PhD forum at SARC offer a stimulating and supportive research environment. For further information on the programmes, including examples of student work and details on how to apply please visit http://www.music.qub.ac.uk/ProspectiveStudents/TaughtPostgraduateProgrammes/
The MA in Composition is a specialist programme designed to provide intensive training for professional composers.  There are five core modules, including Composition Skills, focused on developing core skills essential to the practising composer both with regard to professional work and to progression to doctoral composition, and the double Portfolio module, where students have the opportunity to produce a portfolio of works within a particular area of practice which must contain at least one element of substantial scale and ambition.  
The programme also features compulsory modules in the critical analysis of the work of twentieth century and contemporary composers, providing a thorough experience and understanding of the contemporary compositional idiom.  Students can choose one optional module from the wide range available on other MA programmes.
Contact: Martin Dowling <m.dowling@xxxxxxxxx>
The MA in Music offers the opportunity to explore a wide variety of research fields including Irish Music, Renaissance Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Opera Studies, Performance and Manuscript Studies. All students take a compulsory Research Methods module, which provides a solid introduction to methodologies in a range of these specialist areas, and a Dissertation double module giving students the opportunity to conduct research at a professional level.  
There is also a wide range of optional modules, including an Arts Administration module featuring work placement and strategy research with local arts organisations.  Students may take a module from  other MA programmes and can also design their own Independent Study in areas not covered by the specialisms listed above.
Contact: Martin Dowling <m.dowling@xxxxxxxxx>
The MA in Sonic Arts has been designed to extend the core skills of the student and to give opportunities to acquire new interdisciplinary skills in a range of cognate areas. The programme enables students to gain experience in both technical and creative disciplines within the fields of Sonic Arts and Music Technology and  to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of music, audio and associated sound technologies as well as research methods.
All students take the compulsory Sonic Arts module and choose three further taught modules from a variety of options.  These include Project Studio, which gives students the opportunity to reflect on and advance their own creative practice in the context of a design studio environment; Interaction Design, which provides an introduction to the analysis and design of the human-computer interface focusing on applications of the interface in the creative arts; Composition; Performance; Computational Acoustics and Spatial Audio, which  integrates aspects of perception, digital signal processing and applied audio.
Contact: Stephanie Bertet <s.bertet@xxxxxxxxx>
Funding Opportunities
There are a limited number of scholarships available for students wishing to undertake an MA within the School of Music and Sonic Arts for the 2011-12 academic year and there are also four bursaries valued at £3,400 each.  If you wish to be considered for these awards, please ensure that your application is received no later than 31 May 2011. 
In addition, Queen’s has recently announced details of international scholarships for MA applicants with unconditional offers: for further information, visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ProspectiveStudents/InternationalStudents/InternationalPostgraduate/InternationalPostgraduateTaughtScholarships2011/
Further information on funding, samples of student work and details of how to apply is available on the School website: http://www.mu.qub.ac.uk/ProspectiveStudents/TaughtPostgraduateProgrammes/

Best wishes,

Dr. Stéphanie Bertet
School of Music and Sonic Arts
Queen's University Belfast