Music and Technology MA
Entry requirements: A 2.1 honours degree, or above, in music, music technology or a related discipline.
The MA Music and Composition and MA Music and Technology share common modules in research methods and postgraduate study skills, while giving you the opportunity to foster your subject skills in specialist modules. Work is developed through individual enquiry as well as sharing and critiquing ideas through group seminars, designed to provide a forum for debate as well as practical instruction. There will also be significant opportunity for collaborative and interdisciplinary work taking into account other arts subjects at Medway and Canterbury.
The MA in Music and Composition focuses on the creation and analysis of music, taking into account major musical developments over the past few decades.
The MA in Music and Technology focuses on the use, development and implementation of technology within the wider musical context, exploring issues such as interactivity, audio programming, sound spatialisation and multimedia.
Both MA programmes are designed to provide knowledge and skills in practice-based research, as well as giving students experience of current research practices in various areas of critical and analytical thinking.
Programming and Production Techniques (30 credits)
Dissertation and Research Skills (60 credits)
Music Technology Project (60 credits)
One from a range of options, including Advanced Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, Electronic Music and Synthesis, Collaborative Project (30 credits).
Assessment is by a range of coursework, including individual projects, skills-based tasks, seminar presentations and written work
Every school at Kent offers one or two University postgraduate research scholarships, each available for three years, providing fees at the home/EU rate and a stipend up to £13,590 per annum (2011/12 rate).
Many schools offer scholarships in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) whereby postgraduate research students receive financial support in return for teaching. The value of awards may vary, but often cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate and a substantial maintenance grant.
All postgraduate research students are eligible to apply for GTAs.
The School of Arts has a number of fees-only scholarships available for its research students, plus a research studentship to cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate and, depending on the terms and conditions of the award, a maintenance grant.
Resources and facilities
We are part of a new multimillion-pound investment by the University of Kent in arts facilities on the Chatham Historic Dockyard. Our new specialist facilities include a large recording studio, a Foley recording space, surround-sound listening room and post-production rooms. All have been designed to the highest standard in order to provide an excellent environment for postgraduate work.
The new development at the Medway campus also includes performance spaces and fine art workshops. We have an array of loudspeakers for electro-acoustic performance, live sound and collaborative arts projects. Students are encouraged to participate in these music concerts and interdisciplinary events, becoming part of the exciting artistic environment here at the University of Kent.
The University's Drill Hall Library is well resourced in our subject area and houses special collections of CDs, DVDs and musical scores. Students also have access to specialist online and printed journals as well as other electronic resources.