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    Hi,

    I am currently studying an undergraduate degree in Music - a BMus (Hons) - and I am looking for some advice on my options for postgraduate study.

    Is it possible to apply for a masters degree in something not directly related to your bachelor’s? For example, assume I achieve a first class degree, base my coursework and dissertation on relevant topics, and generally show a keen interest and understanding of my intended subject area in an interview with the university. Can I realistically expect to be able to move to something like Entertainment Law, Literary theory/criticism, History or Psychology, without having to complete another undergraduate degree? Perhaps via an access or introductory course?

    Thank you for any help you can give!
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    Hi,

    I am currently studying an undergraduate degree in Music - a BMus (Hons) - and I am looking for some advice on my options for postgraduate study.

    Is it possible to apply for a masters degree in something not directly related to your bachelor’s? For example, assume I achieve a first class degree, base my coursework and dissertation on relevant topics, and generally show a keen interest and understanding of my intended subject area in an interview with the university. Can I realistically expect to be able to move to something like Entertainment Law, Literary theory/criticism, History or Psychology, without having to complete another undergraduate degree? Perhaps via an access or introductory course?

    Thank you for any help you can give!
    Anything is possible. Psychology or History might be a stretch from music, but there'll always be someone who will take your money and give you a place. It's just a question of whether it's worth it for you.

    I've popped your thread into this sub-forum so you should get the replies you're after.
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    I know someone who did a BA in music at Cambridge, did a Masters with the Open University in general arts/humanities, and is just completing a PhD in English literature! So I think literary theory/criticism could def be doable if you do a non-specialist/open-ended masters. I think for courses like law and psychology, you would be expected to do a conversion course at Masters/PG Dip level though :yes:
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    (Original post by sam:)
    Hi,

    I am currently studying an undergraduate degree in Music - a BMus (Hons) - and I am looking for some advice on my options for postgraduate study.

    Is it possible to apply for a masters degree in something not directly related to your bachelor’s? For example, assume I achieve a first class degree, base my coursework and dissertation on relevant topics, and generally show a keen interest and understanding of my intended subject area in an interview with the university. Can I realistically expect to be able to move to something like Entertainment Law, Literary theory/criticism, History or Psychology, without having to complete another undergraduate degree? Perhaps via an access or introductory course?

    Thank you for any help you can give!
    Basically, if you can get an offer, and pay for it, you can get on a course. However, you will almost certainly find an entertainment law course will require a qualifying law degree to start with - you can't do anything with that Masters without. Literary theory/criticism might be a stretch, depends how much theory/criticism you've done in your music degree and how similar you can pitch it. History tends to be very competitive, but if it was music based and again, you could show the historical analysis techniques from your first degree it might be possible. Psychology, probably not unless you can find a conversion course.

    But the better question is why are you trying? Do you have time and money to burn? Just collecting any PG degree won't help you. If you were hunting for a specific degree to take your undergrad in a specific career direction it would make sense. But the dilettante 'just getting a Masters to defer making a career decision' is getting very worn in the eyes of employers and they aren;t fooled by it - be very careful.
 
 
 
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