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Graduate Diploma in Music

This pathway offers you progression to a postgraduate degree at one of the best universities in the UK to study music.

Course features

  • Develop your knowledge and skills through active learning in your chosen subject area.
  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students.
  • Adapt to studying in the UK with a strong focus on study and research skills.
  • Improve your English level and develop the vocabulary for your chosen degree subject.
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Key facts

Course length: 3 - 4 Terms
Start dates: January, June, September
Fees: From £18,500
Academic requirements:

A pass in an undergraduate degree or a Diploma (3-5 years) with suitable grades.

English language requirements: From: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
Award:

Graduate Diploma of Higher Education (FHEQ Level 6) from Newcastle University.

Course options:
  • Standard (3 terms, our popular 9 month programme.)
  • Extended (Contains an additional term(s) of English language.)
A quality-assured university programme, validated by Newcastle University

Your course options

View detailed course content by selecting one of the options below:

Develop both your academic knowledge and English language skills in just nine months.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

A pass in an undergraduate degree or a Diploma (3-5 years) with suitable grades. Relevant music background (You will need to submit either a performance video or a composition portfolio, depending on your intended focus in the Creative Practice module, and a separate curriculum vitae (CV)).

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Newcastle University you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
24 September 2018 14 June 2019 3 Terms £18,500
7 January 2019 6 September 2019 3 Terms £18,500
23 September 2019 12 June 2020 3 Terms
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6 January 2020 4 September 2020 3 Terms
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Class information

Class hours:

21 hours per week on average

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:
Featured progression degree
Student playing the piano with sheet music on a music course

This flexible postgraduate degree allows you to study a range of styles of music across the full spectrum of early, classical, avant-garde, folk, popular and world music genres.

You'll have the opportunity to focus on creative musical practice, musicology, or a combination of the two. With a range of optional modules you'll be able to tailor your studies to your interests. Plus, you'll also be able to attend music research seminars in which visiting experts address the postgraduate community.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will be formal and informal, designed to help students building on their successes and to meet requirements for entry into postgraduate study. This is reinforced through directed reading and independent study as well as creative work, individual practice, set exercises and close listening in Creative Practice and Harmony and Analysis. Assessments of English language and communication skills will be based on written assignments, oral presentations, interviews, and written examinations.

Academic assessment

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work
  • Research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

Study one (or more) term(s) of English before continuing on to your academic pathway programme. Perfect if you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS point.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

A pass in an undergraduate degree or a Diploma (3-5 years) with suitable grades. Relevant music background (You will need to submit either a performance video or a composition portfolio, depending on your intended focus in the Creative Practice module, and a separate curriculum vitae (CV)).

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Newcastle University you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
28 June 2018 14 June 2019 4 Terms £23,400
24 September 2018 6 September 2019 4 Terms £23,400
27 June 2019 12 June 2020 4 Terms
-
23 September 2019 4 September 2020 4 Terms
-
25 June 2020 11 June 2021 4 Terms
-

Class information

Class hours:

21 hours per week on average

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:
Featured progression degree
Student playing the piano with sheet music on a music course

This flexible postgraduate degree allows you to study a range of styles of music across the full spectrum of early, classical, avant-garde, folk, popular and world music genres.

You'll have the opportunity to focus on creative musical practice, musicology, or a combination of the two. With a range of optional modules you'll be able to tailor your studies to your interests. Plus, you'll also be able to attend music research seminars in which visiting experts address the postgraduate community.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will be formal and informal, designed to help students building on their successes and to meet requirements for entry into postgraduate study. This is reinforced through directed reading and independent study as well as creative work, individual practice, set exercises and close listening in Creative Practice and Harmony and Analysis. Assessments of English language and communication skills will be based on written assignments, oral presentations, interviews, and written examinations.

Academic assessment

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work
  • Research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

A pass in an undergraduate degree or a Diploma (3-5 years) with suitable grades. Relevant music background (You will need to submit either a performance video or a composition portfolio, depending on your intended focus in the Creative Practice module, and a separate curriculum vitae (CV)).

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Newcastle University you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
23 September 2019 12 June 2020 3 Terms
-
6 January 2020 4 September 2020 3 Terms
-
24 September 2018 14 June 2019 3 Terms £18,500
7 January 2019 6 September 2019 3 Terms £18,500

Class information

Class hours:

21 hours per week on average

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:
Featured progression degree
Student playing the piano with sheet music on a music course

This flexible postgraduate degree allows you to study a range of styles of music across the full spectrum of early, classical, avant-garde, folk, popular and world music genres.

You'll have the opportunity to focus on creative musical practice, musicology, or a combination of the two. With a range of optional modules you'll be able to tailor your studies to your interests. Plus, you'll also be able to attend music research seminars in which visiting experts address the postgraduate community.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will be formal and informal, designed to help students building on their successes and to meet requirements for entry into postgraduate study. This is reinforced through directed reading and independent study as well as creative work, individual practice, set exercises and close listening in Creative Practice and Harmony and Analysis. Assessments of English language and communication skills will be based on written assignments, oral presentations, interviews, and written examinations.

Academic assessment

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work
  • Research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
Academic requirements:

A pass in an undergraduate degree or a Diploma (3-5 years) with suitable grades. Relevant music background (You will need to submit either a performance video or a composition portfolio, depending on your intended focus in the Creative Practice module, and a separate curriculum vitae (CV)).

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Newcastle University you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
23 September 2019 4 September 2020 4 Terms
-
27 June 2019 12 June 2020 4 Terms
-
25 June 2020 11 June 2021 4 Terms
-
28 June 2018 14 June 2019 4 Terms £23,400
24 September 2018 6 September 2019 4 Terms £23,400

Class information

Class hours:

21 hours per week on average

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees:
Featured progression degree
Student playing the piano with sheet music on a music course

This flexible postgraduate degree allows you to study a range of styles of music across the full spectrum of early, classical, avant-garde, folk, popular and world music genres.

You'll have the opportunity to focus on creative musical practice, musicology, or a combination of the two. With a range of optional modules you'll be able to tailor your studies to your interests. Plus, you'll also be able to attend music research seminars in which visiting experts address the postgraduate community.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will be formal and informal, designed to help students building on their successes and to meet requirements for entry into postgraduate study. This is reinforced through directed reading and independent study as well as creative work, individual practice, set exercises and close listening in Creative Practice and Harmony and Analysis. Assessments of English language and communication skills will be based on written assignments, oral presentations, interviews, and written examinations.

Academic assessment

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • written and oral examinations
  • essays
  • portfolio work
  • Research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

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