What is special about this course?
Creative artists make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the creative economy, particularly in rural communities.
The MA Music and the Environment provides a foundation for musicians to develop new paths for creative, entrepreneurial and environmentally responsible endeavours. In addition, the course equips musicians to work within their own community, establishing effective and successful contributions to their local economy.
The course focuses on the three distinct but interrelated themes of: music performance and creation; cultural and historical context; and the creative economy and creative sustainability. Activities during the course encourage and demand the skills of observation, investigation, experimentation, reflection, creation, innovation and design.
- Opportunity to work in one of the richest natural and cultural environments in the world, with leading musicians and experts, set in the heritage and historical context
- Chance to work on real-life work scenarios to develop new works, performances and enterprises in local settings across the Highlands and Islands
- You will gain key skills and expertise to form complex and compelling artistic works, with a clear understanding of relevant environmental factors
- You will acquire skills to create sustainable enterprises and make a contribution to the creative economy and network of other artists in the UK and Europe
- Relevant honours degree OR
- Professional musicians, composers and creative entrepreneurs without a degree but with relevant work experience are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
*Funding support notice*
Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)
Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
Students can access the programme from a range of our undergraduate programmes including:
Core modules are:
- Music and the environment: space, place, and people
- Sustainable creative endeavour in contemporary society
You will also choose one option from a range of music and humanities modules.
The core module is:
- Music creation and collaboration
You will also choose one option module which may include:
- Research and music production
- Making music matter
To achieve the award of MA you must also complete a final project or dissertation.
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). This includes video conference lectures (available in real-time or recordings) and the opportunity to attend an initial face-to-face residential. You will be responsible for covering any costs such as travel and accommodation for attendance at the residential.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 15 months
- Part-time (structured): minimum 3 years
- Part-time (unstructured): maximum 6 years
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
- You can study this off-campus masters from any location, including internationally
- You will be enrolled at and receive support from one of the campuses listed above
The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£650||£960|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,950||£2,880|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,900||£5,760|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,850||£8,640|
|Rest of UK|
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£650||£900|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£1,950||£2,700|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£3,900||£5,400|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£5,850||£8,120|
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
This course prepares students for various careers in the creative industries:
- Performing musician
- Composer or arranger
- Creative entrepreneur
- Community musician
- Event organiser
Is there more information available online?
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