MA

Music Production

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music, Music Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

You should include reference to the following areas in your supporting statement:

  • What you have previously studied and what you learnt about music production
  • Why you want to study MA Music Production at Leeds Beckett University
  • Who your influences are as a songwriter/performer/producer and why
  • What music you are currently listening to and why
  • The type of music you like to write/perform/produce and why
  • An example of something you have found particularly challenging in your previous studies and/or music production work and how you met this challenge
  • What you want to do once you've finished your studies

All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio prior to acceptance on the course. Please provide at least three examples of your music production work that clearly evidence your creative production skills and relevant music production experience. Examples can include:

  • Sound/video recordings of your production work.
  • Original sound recordings that you have composed, recorded, mixed, arranged or produced.
Your work should be uploaded to a media-hosting site such as YouTube, Soundcloud or Bandcamp. You should also include a pdf. document with an overview of each of the examples (i.e. when, where and for whom was the production completed?) and identify your role/s in the production process (Are you the performer, composer, producer or recording engineer?). Links to these documents should be added to the supporting statement in your application.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; you can download our reference template for completion. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.

Selection Criteria

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

Portfolio Required

All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio prior to acceptance on the course. Please provide at least three examples of your music production work that clearly evidence your creative production skills and relevant music production experience. Examples can include:

  • Sound/video recordings of your production work.
  • Original sound recordings that you have composed, recorded, mixed, arranged or produced.

Your work should be uploaded to a media-hosting site such as YouTube, Soundcloud or Bandcamp. You should also include a pdf. document with an overview of each of the examples (i.e. when, where and for whom was the production completed?) and identify your role/s in the production process (Are you the performer, composer, producer or recording engineer?). Links to these documents should be added to the supporting statement in your application.

IELTS

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants:

Our university welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. If you have recent relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications, we may be able to consider you for entry through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and relevant work experience in your application.

All applicants should meet our standard entry requirements of GCSE grade C in English language and, where specified, Maths. Alternative qualifications such as functional skills are accepted in lieu of GCSEs for most courses.