University of Sussex - Graduate Studies

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Music and Sonic Media MA

University of Sussex - Graduate Studies

Field of Study:Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music, General
Music, Other
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $33,384

The cost is an estimate for 2020, converted from British Pounds.

Careers:Musicians and Singers


Develop your creative abilities in composition and sound through practical and theoretical work. Explore theory and practice in the field of music production. You’ll focus on historical contexts and the development of advanced technical skills.

Our MA reflects current developments in and beyond the concert hall, including music for film, media and interactive arts.

The course is for composers, musicians, sound artists, sound and music practitioners from related fields including theatre, and theorists with interests in music and sound.

The Department of Music is a major international centre for the study of contemporary music, contemporary musical thinking and music theatre.

We offer a unique range of inter-related research disciplines. We have expertise in areas from opera and music theatre to composition. This allows you to develop an integrated portfolio of work corresponding to your strengths and interests.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Your qualification should be in music, theatre, sonic arts or audio-visual media. You’ll also be considered for this course if you have relevant professional experience.

    Since much of the practical work on different modules involves your own creative and/or compositional engagement with the topics covered, you should include a short composition portfolio with your application. This is composition interpreted broadly (i.e. it does not have to be 'traditional' notated composition): it could be songs, tracks you have produced, movie soundtracks, performances of your own compositions, a score. etc. The portfolio should demonstrate your ability to create music, audio or other sonic media. You can submit in a variety of formats: links to tracks on Soundcloud, Youtube, MP3s, scores, etc.
    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
    Application Notes : Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on July 28, 2020