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BA Music and Drama

Explore your passion for performance through the interdisciplinary study of music, theatre and film.

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BA Music and Drama

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
BA
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer

AAB, inc A in Music.

Alternatively, we will accept AAB plus ABRSM Grade 8 Theory at Merit or above, where a candidate is not taking A-level Music.

Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) Grade VIII Practical, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)

ABB, including A in Music. Alternatively, we will accept ABB plus ABRSM Grade 8 Theory at Merit or above, where a candidate is not taking A-level Music.       

Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) Grade VIII Practical, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

Equivalents to A-level grades are as follows:

A*AA: 37 points overall, with 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.

AAA:  36 points overall, with 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.

AAB:  35 points overall, with 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

ABB:  34 points overall, with 6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects.

NOTE: please check A-Levels for subject requirements.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
8 / 45
How to apply
Apply through UCAS

Course overview

  • Study at a top 2 UK university for Music (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • Develop new writing, performance and direction skills with our ambitious, student-led Music and Drama societies.
  • Learn from first-class instrumental and vocal teachers from the city's three professional orchestras.
  • Explore diverse areas of drama; from literary adaptation to street theatre, from activist performance to audio design, from playwriting to directing and experimental film cultures.
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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Jamie Clark
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 4987
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 3098
Email
Website
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/music/
School/Faculty overview

See: About us

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Entry requirements

A-level

AAB, inc A in Music.

Alternatively, we will accept AAB plus ABRSM Grade 8 Theory at Merit or above, where a candidate is not taking A-level Music.

Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) Grade VIII Practical, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (note that some degree programmes may require a higher grade than this - please see individual programme requirements). GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate

Equivalents to A-level grades are as follows:

A*AA: 37 points overall, with 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.

AAA:  36 points overall, with 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.

AAB:  35 points overall, with 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

ABB:  34 points overall, with 6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects.

NOTE: please check A-Levels for subject requirements.

Scottish requirements

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements.

For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply.

For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5):

  • A*AA at A-level :  Hrs of AAAAAB or AAAB plus Adv Hr Gr. A
  • AAA at A-level   :  Hrs of AAAABB or AABB plus Adv Hr Gr. A
  • AAB at A-level   :  Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr Gr. A
  • ABB at A-level   :  Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr at min. Gr. B

Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Adv Hr in the required subject):

  • A*AA at A-level : Hrs of AAA plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA
  • AAA at A-level   : Hrs of AAB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA
  • AAB at A-level   : Hrs of ABB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB
  • ABB at A-level   : Hrs of BBB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB

For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system , Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone.  The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question.  Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade.

All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

European Baccalaureate

80% with a minimum of 8.0 in Music

Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) grade VIII, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Pearson BTEC qualifications

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: we require at Distinction / Distinction / Distinction, plus one A-level at Grade A in Music.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: we require Distinction / Distinction, plus one A-level at Grade A in Music.

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma: we require a Distinction, plus an A-level at min. Grade A in Music, plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

BTEC National Extended Certificate: we require a Distinction, plus two A-levels at Grades AB; the Grade A must be in Music.

In all cases above, the ABRSM (or equivalent) Grade 8 is required in addition to the academic requirements.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC): We do not consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry to this course, as pre-requisite subjects are required.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC): Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD plus an A Level at grade A in Music.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC): Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus an A-level at min. Grade A in Music plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC): Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D* plus two A Levels at grades BB, OR full Tech Ext Cert Grade D plus two A-levels at Grades AB.  In both cases, one of the A-levels should be in an Music.

In all cases above, the ABRSM (or equivalent) Grade 8 is required in addition to the academic requirements.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3.  Applicants must also have EITHER GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), OR must demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits each in English and Maths.  We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Please read the A-level entry requirements for this programme and then look at the relevant set of Access requirements:

For programmes requiring A*AA and AAA: a minimum of 45 credits with a Distinction grade in a Humanities-related subject.  15 of these credits must be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

For programmes requiring AAB: a minimum of 39 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 6 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

For programmes requiring ABB: a minimum of 30 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 15 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

If you are applying to a programme involving History: all Access applicants will be required to produce a piece of written work, for assessment by the Admissions Tutor. Once you have applied, the Admissions Administrator will contact you with a list of topics/questions. You will be asked to choose one and produce a piece (1500 words) on that subject, for submission by the deadline given by the Administrator.

If you are applying to a programme involving one Language: you must also EITHER have GCSE Grade C/4 or higher in English Language or any Language, OR be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits in English Language or any Language at Level 2.

If you are applying to a programme involving two Languages : Applicants cannot begin both languages at beginners' level; they must already have an A-level or equivalent in one of the two Languages to be studied, as well as the Access qualification.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Please note our A-level requirements for grades and any subject requirements for this programme.  Pre-U equivalencies will be:

  • AAA at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects.  
  • AAB at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, D3, M2 in the Pre-U and AAB at A level in three distinct subjects.  
  • ABB at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, M2, M2 in the Pre-U and ABB at A level in three distinct subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement (and at interview, if  relevant).  We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account, should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

For this programme, you will be made the standard offer plus an alternative one, if you are studying for an EPQ.  The alternative offer will be one grade below the standard offer but you will also be asked to achieve a Grade A in your EPQ.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:
  • GCSE English Language grade B /6, or;
  • IELTS 7.0, or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

How your application is considered

In your UCAS application, we are looking to see evidence of why you wish to study Music and Drama at degree level and evidence of the skills and experiences that will help you to do this.

There is only so much that a UCAS statement and a list of qualifications can tell us about you. If your initial UCAS application has been successful, you will be invited to an applicant visit day.

Visit days

Visit days give you the chance to discover more about our course content, departmental life, and the student and professional music-making that takes place in the Martin Harris Centre (home to our Music and Drama departments). It also gives you the opportunity to see our facilities, attend one of our weekly lunchtime concerts, and meet our academics and current students.

The day includes a short, 20-minute interview held with one of the department's academic staff. Your interview is an important part of our application process. It allows us to discover what motivates you as a student and musician and to learn more about your commitment to the performing arts beyond Music (see the interview requirements section below for more details).

Please note, that we will not be able to offer you a place on your chosen course without your attendance at a Visit Day and interview.

A decision about an offer is made shortly after interview and we aim to inform applicants within one week of interview.

Offers

Unless you've already sat your A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) we make the standard conditional offer to most offer-holders.

Some exceptions do apply. For further details, please see entry requirements.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) grade VIII, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

Interview requirements

Interview preparation

Your interview will be held with one of our academic staff and lasts for 20 minutes. The interview provides you with an opportunity to tell us more about your interests, ambitions and qualifications, and to ask our academics any questions you may have about the course, department and university life.

Experience tells us that applicants naturally get anxious about interviews. Please bear in mind, therefore, that this is a chance for you to find out more about Music and Drama at Manchester just as much as it is an opportunity for us to find out more about your interests and ambitions.

Interview materials

We ask you to bring evidence of written work where possible, including:

1)       An essay. It is important that you provide an example of how you have engaged with music, theatre and/or screen in written form and/or an example that illustrates your best writing if you feel that your studies in performance have not enabled you to do this.

2)       A piece of music analysis or a harmony exercise.  An analysis of one of your set works or any piece of music which you have analysed will suffice. You may be asked to discuss what your analysis reveals about the music but not all interviewers will ask this.

Please bring either an analysis or a harmony exercise rather than both; a typical harmony exercise would be an example of a 4-part chorale in the style of Bach.

3)       An original composition (optional). This is required only if you have one and you are looking to direct your degree in composition.

Please note that there is no performance element to the interview, as we can ascertain your level from your ABRSM exam grades. You do not need to bring your instrument with you.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from mature students and will consider them on an individual basis. We usually interview mature applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Deferrals

Deferrals are normally allowed; however, we do ask applicants to let us know as early as possible if they are intending to defer.  This helps us to adjust the number of offers we make, in order to achieve the required number of students in a given year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

Students wishing to transfer from other Universities will be considered on merit, providing we have enough places to accommodate them.  Enquiries should be made to the admissions administrator for the subject (see contact details).  We will require transcripts and a reference from your tutor.

Course details

Course description

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Discover Music at The University of Manchester

Our BA Music and Drama joint honours course is one of only a handful of such courses available at any university in the UK, providing you with a rare opportunity to pursue your passions for all aspects of performance and creativity in a world-class university environment.

We attract a large number of singers and actors in particular, as well as students with passions in, for example, screen, film sound and digital media; the politics of avant-garde performance; performance, social policy and community arts; or the history of the voice and the body on a variety of theatrical and operatic stages.

With a huge range of course units to choose from, this course is diverse and flexible, enabling you to build upon existing interests while allowing you the room to discover new forms and traditions of performance, practice and media.

With a mix of academic and practical learning, you will be taught by internationally recognised academics, guest speakers and a roster of professional instrumental and vocal tutors drawn from Manchester and the north-west.

All our teaching and practice takes place in the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama where you will rehearse, workshop and perform in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and the John Thaw Studio Theatre, and where you can get your hands on the latest digital-audio technology in the award-winning NOVARS studios for electroacoustic music and interactive media.

The Martin Harris Centre itself is in the centre of the oldest part of the University, just 15 minutes on foot from the city centre and its many venues including The Bridgewater Hall, HOME, The Albert Hall, The Royal Exchange Theatre and plenty more besides. From there, it is a 20-minute tram ride to MediaCity in Salford, home to the BBC, ITV and The Lowry Theatre.

Many of the performances that you'll be involved in are presented by one of our Music or Drama student societies, offering students opportunities in direction, production and management as well as performance, new writing, sound design and composition.

The course requires you to achieve the same musical entry requirements as those on our single-honours MusB Music, enabling you to pursue any area of study in the Music department. Your first-year tutor group, peer support and academic advising will normally be provided by the Music department.

Learn more on the Music and Drama websites.

Aims

We aim to:

  • provide the opportunity for both single and interdisciplinary study of music, theatre and film as cultural process, artistic discourse and performance event through intellectual and creative investigation;
  • encourage a rich cross-fertilisation of ideas, concepts and practices between the disciplines of music and drama;
  • stimulate and support your individual development as scholar and practitioner within both music and drama, with particular reference to abilities of independent evaluation and research, critical analysis, technical and artistic skills, and effective written and oral communication;
  • encourage the analysis and use of technology as applicable to the study of music, theatre and film as creative practices;
  • equip you with a range of transferable skills, appropriate to later postgraduate academic and vocational study, and also engagement in the workplace in a wide range of careers in the disciplines of music, drama and related fields.

Special features

Performance-focused environment

You will benefit from a combination of academic excellence and conservatoire levels of performance at Manchester. You will receive 18 hrs of one-to-one practical tuition on your first-study instrument/voice with 20 hrs in Year 3 (when taken for credit).

There are six student conducting positions under the tutelage of Mark Heron (separate to Introduction to Conducting available as part of the ensemble performance unit).

The Music Society holds more than 50 performances each year, while the Martin Harris Centre - which includes the superb Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall - presents over 100 events annually. We have many practice rooms, with 13 having pianos, as well as specialist percussion and keyboard rooms.

We have six full-time composers with expertise in a range of styles across instrumental and vocal composition, and fixed and interactive media, including live recordings of all student work in Years 2 and 3.

In Drama, there are over 60 performances each year by the music, drama and music theatre societies.

Placement year

Apply your subject-specific knowledge in a real-world context through a placement year .

Learn from experts 

We have world-leading musicological expertise in music theory and analysis, sketch study, reception studies, performance studies, aesthetics, critical theory, cultural studies and ethnomusicology. You will also learn from specialists in film and screen studies and theatre and performance studies.

Study abroad

You may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during Year 2.

Teaching and learning

With a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and one-to-one performance coaching, our learning environment is open, friendly and designed to inspire.

Our research-based teaching places students at the heart of the learning process, enabling you to ask complex, original questions and to apply different methods for answering them.

We understand that making the step up to university study can be quite a challenge, especially if you have limited experience of independent study. We offer a range of support to help you make the transition:

  • All academic staff run two weekly consultation hours, where the office door is open for any question relating to your studies, progress or university life.
  • We host an active peer support network, including weekly study sessions organised and run by Year 2 and 3 students.
  • You'll be assigned to a weekly tutorial group (7-8 students) in your first year to develop your academic independence, writing skills and critical thinking. The group is run by your academic tutor and provides you with an opportunity to try out new ideas and receive feedback on your progress.

Instrumental tuition is provided by the University for your first instrument or voice. Prominent players from outside the University provide this tuition, and include visitors from the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Northern College of Music. 18 hours of one-to-one tuition is provided per year, with 20 hours in the third year. Expert performers provide coaching on our ensemble performance units.

You'll be encouraged to attend our weekly programme of Thursday research forums, including performance and composition masterclasses. You'll also be encouraged to develop knowledge and skills beyond your course, including extra-curricular opportunities with the Music Society. These range from performance and rehearsal to concert management and marketing.

In Drama, Manchester is distinct from an acting conservatoire; rather than offering purely vocational training, we bring together theory and practice in the study of Drama as cultural process and artistic discourse.

You'll study stage and screen, the ancient and the contemporary, the mainstream and the avant-garde. You'll develop skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, and the clear articulation of ideas. You will learn through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, masterclasses and group work, and engage with the theories and techniques of practitioners past and present in our dedicated studio spaces.

Drama practical work is generally workshop-based, and not all projects culminate in public performance.

Coursework and assessment

Coursework is regularly assigned and assessed either continually or at the end of the semester, depending on the course units taken. Students have opportunities to take classes in which presentations may count as an assessed element.

In Music, some musicology and music analysis units are assessed by a combination of written essay and written exam, some by coursework essays only, and others by analytical study (as appropriate). Practical classes in musicianship, harmony and aural skills are assessed by examination.

In Drama, units tend to be assessed by a combination of different written assignments. In practice-based units, practical assessment is typically combined with written assignments, whereas in Music practice-based units in solo or ensemble performance and composition tend not to require written assignments.

Course content for year 1

You'll be introduced to the core disciplines of performance practice and theatre studies in Drama, and to musicology and ethnomusicology in Music. You'll then select the remaining credits from a breadth of optional courses.

You will take a minimum of 40 credits in Music and a minimum of 40 credits in Drama, with 40 credits in areas of your own choice (including units from elsewhere in the University).

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Theatre & Performance 1 - Texts DRAM10001 20 Mandatory
Performance Practices 2 DRAM10102 20 Mandatory
Sonic Invention B MUSC10312 10 Mandatory
Approaches to Musicology MUSC10511 20 Mandatory
Theatre & Performance 2 - Concepts DRAM10002 20 Optional
The Art of Film DRAM10031 20 Optional
Performance Practices 1 DRAM10101 20 Optional
Performance Practices 2 DRAM10102 20 Optional
Introduction to Early and Classical Cinema DRAM13331 20 Optional
Speech and Music Processing LELA10701 20 Optional
Tonality: Form and Function MUSC10011 10 Optional
Tonality: Motive and Meaning MUSC10022 10 Optional
Techniques of Tonal Harmony MUSC10112 10 Optional
Musical Notation MUSC10212 10 Optional
Aural Skills MUSC10221 10 Optional
Sonic Invention A MUSC10311 10 Optional
Sonic Invention B MUSC10312 10 Optional
Music and Its Contexts MUSC10512 20 Optional
Solo Performance 1 MUSC10600 20 Optional
Introduction to World Cinema SALC11002 20 Optional
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Course content for year 2

Continue to tailor your studies by selecting from a huge range of optional course units offered by the Music and Drama departments.

You will take a minimum of 40 credits in Music and a minimum of 40 credits in Drama, with 40 credits in areas of your own choice (including units from elsewhere in the University).

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Horror Film: Genre, Periods, Styles DRAM21262 20 Mandatory
Transnational Chinese Cinemas DRAM20021 20 Optional
Contemporary British Cinema DRAM20031 20 Optional
Screen, Culture and Society DRAM20041 20 Optional
Theatres of Modernity: the Popular and the Avant-Garde DRAM20051 20 Optional
Performance after Modernity: Conflict and Commerce DRAM20052 20 Optional
Black on Screen DRAM20092 20 Optional
Post-Thatcher British Theatre: New Writing Since 1992 DRAM20102 20 Optional
Texts in Rehearsal/Texts in Performance DRAM20192 20 Optional
Dramaturgy: Professional Practices DRAM20292 20 Optional
A Score is Born: History and Ideology in Hollywood Film Music DRAM20711 20 Optional
Theatres of the Middle East DRAM21021 20 Optional
Devising for Performance DRAM21041 20 Optional
Video Project 1: Documentary DRAM21091 20 Optional
Varieties of Shakespeare DRAM21131 20 Optional
Playmaking DRAM21141 20 Optional
Audio Project 1: The Audio Feature DRAM21222 20 Optional
Solo Performance DRAM21231 20 Optional
Drama in Education DRAM21252 20 Optional
Horror Film: Genre, Periods, Styles DRAM21262 20 Optional
Social Acts: Applied Theatre and Engaged Arts Practice DRAM21272 20 Optional
Analysis MUSC20011 20 Optional
Fixed Media Electroacoustic Composition MUSC20061 10 Optional
Interactive Media Composition Environments MUSC20072 20 Optional
Harmony and Counterpoint MUSC20112 10 Optional
Music post 1900 MUSC20221 20 Optional
Instrumental Composition MUSC20321 20 Optional
Vocal Composition MUSC20362 10 Optional
Popular Music in the Digital Age MUSC20511 20 Optional
Solo Performance II MUSC20600 20 Optional
Ensemble Performance (20 credits) MUSC20610 20 Optional
Ensemble Performance (10 Credits) MUSC20620 10 Optional
World Music Ensemble Performance (20 Credits) MUSC20650 20 Optional
World Music Ensemble Performance (10 Credits) MUSC20660 10 Optional
Music Cultures of the World MUSC20722 20 Optional
Introduction to Participatory Music MUSC20802 20 Optional
Early Opera MUSC20932 20 Optional
Classical Harmony MUSC21031 10 Optional
Jazz Improvisation, Theory, and Analysis MUSC21501 20 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Select at least one option from the following: Long Essay (Drama), Dissertation (Drama), Dissertation (Music), Composition Portfolio, or Recital, and you may opt to take two options if desired.

You will take a minimum of 40 credits in Music and a minimum of 40 credits in Drama, with 40 credits in areas of your own choice (including units from elsewhere in the University).

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Long Essay in Drama DRAM30000 20 Optional
Video Project 2 - Docufiction DRAM30062 40 Optional
Applied Theatre: Theatre in Prisons DRAM30111 40 Optional
Writing For Performance DRAM30211 40 Optional
Performing America DRAM30222 20 Optional
Queer Bodies and the Cinema DRAM30331 20 Optional
Directors Project DRAM30412 40 Optional
Films about Film DRAM30801 20 Optional
Activist performance DRAM30821 20 Optional
Contemporary European Theatres DRAM30831 20 Optional
Dissertation DRAM30990 40 Optional
From Documentary to Mockumentary DRAM31012 20 Optional
Falstaff and Gandalf go to the Movies: Adapting Fantastic Texts to Screen DRAM31042 20 Optional
Contemporary Theatre-Making DRAM32001 40 Optional
Gender and Sexuality on the 20th Century Stage DRAM32022 20 Optional
Screening the Holocaust GERM30481 20 Optional
Analysis MUSC30012 20 Optional
Composition Portfolio MUSC30300 40 Optional
Dissertation MUSC30400 40 Optional
Aesthetics MUSC30501 20 Optional
Advanced study in Musicology A MUSC30510 20 Optional
Advanced Study in Musicology B (40) MUSC30520 40 Optional
Composition for Film MUSC30541 20 Optional
Recital MUSC30600 40 Optional
Participatory Music Practitioner MUSC30800 20 Optional
Making Art Public SALC30062 20 Optional
Modern Spanish Music: A Cultural History SPLA31081 20 Optional
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Facilities

The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

Home to Music and Drama at Manchester, this purpose-built creative facility includes:

  • The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall - an acoustically designed auditorium seating up to 350 people
  • The Lenagan Library - our dedicated performing arts library
  • The John Thaw Studio Theatre - a flexible, fully equipped performance space with seating for 150 people
  • Specialist rehearsal and practice spaces

NOVARS Research Centre

NOVARS boasts state-of-the-art facilities for composition and performance, including award-winning electroacoustic composition studios. Studios are equipped with digital recording equipment, Yamaha, Emagic, Akai, Alesis, Max/MSP and GRM technology, as well as Apple Mac work stations.

We own many specialist percussion and keyboard instruments, including a chamber organ, harpsichord, Gamelan Degung and a five-octave marimba. We also own a full suite of replica Baroque instruments, and we offer tuition and performance opportunities on these instruments as part of the Baroque Orchestra concerts which we present every year.

You'll also have access to:

  • Manchester Central Library's Henry Watson Library - known for its Handel and Vivaldi manuscripts
  • The nearby Royal Northern College of Music Library
  • The Delia Derbyshire Collection of digitised reel-to-reel tapes, electronic scores and manuscripts

Technical resources for Drama include camera kits, sound-editing and video-editing suites within the John Thaw Studio Theatre. You'll also benefit from the departments close links with the neighbouring Contact Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Globally renowned for its arts and cultural offer, Manchester is home to the second highest concentration of theatres in the UK, the largest multi-arts centre outside of the capital, Manchester International Festival and brand new £110 million arts development, The Factory.

Find out more about Music and Drama facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course provides excellent training for a host of careers, both within and outside of Music and Drama.

Employers will recognise that you are dedicated, creative, versatile, an excellent team player, highly organised, can work independently and have exceptional powers of concentration.

Graduate career destinations include:

  • Associate Conductor, Hallé Orchestra
  • Digital Content Producer, BBC
  • VoiceLab Manager, Southbank Centre
  • NHS Graduate Management Scheme
  • Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Music Supervisor, PlayNetwork,
  • Account Manager, Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Composer, Faber Music
  • Marketing Officer, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Many of our alumni and recent graduates have established successful careers as freelance performers and composers.

You'll find our Drama graduates in a broad range of occupations, including theatre, TV, radio and film, as well as journalism, teaching and community arts.

Find out more on the Careers and employability pages for Music and Drama .