The MA programme allows students to combine Music with another subject at honours level (years 3 and 4). The MA in Computing and Music involves 50% Computing and 50% Music at honours level. The MA degrees in English, French, German, Hispanic Studies, History of Art, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies with Music involve a two-thirds/one-third division between the main subject and Music. In addition, it is possible to take some Music courses as part of the LLB with options in Music programme.
MA students take a selection of the Music courses on offer to BMus students. Since all BMus students have to take performance courses, they are auditioned before being offered a place. There is no requirement to be a performing musician on the MA honours programmes in Music. MA students wishing to take performance courses as part of their curriculum are auditioned on arrival at Aberdeen.
There are no prescribed courses in Music for the first year, and students may opt to take as many or as few as they like. In the second year, the courses in Music History and Harmony are compulsory, but this still leaves room for students to pursue other musical interests alongside their main subject.