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MA Music (Musicology pathway)
MA Music (Musicology pathway)

MA Music (Musicology pathway)

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  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Music or another relevant discipline. We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 honours degree and relevant professional experience.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS, 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 169, minimum 162 in each component

  • Duolingo, 100, minimum 90 in all other components

  • LanguageCert, B2 Communicator High Pass with 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 55, minimum 51 in each component

  • TOEFL, 79, minimum 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing

  • Trinity ISE III, Pass in all components

Course Information

Delve beneath the surface of music with this pathway, designed for students interested in the academic study of music.

The Musicology pathway of our MA Music programme combines music history with critical musicology, allowing you to deepen your knowledge of western art music in a critical and theoretically informed manner. By the time you graduate, you'll have the ability to evaluate complex ideas and to carry out independent research on musicological areas of interest. You will understand how your own work fits into the broader field of musicology, and will have the capacity to contribute to that field.

You're encouraged to attend the weekly Research Seminar series where invited speakers, staff members and PhD students give presentations about their latest work, giving you the opportunity to meet other postgraduate researchers. The Department has a broad community of staff and students working in many different areas of music history and critical musicology.

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​Projects I and II

As part of the modules Project I and Project II, you’ll attend a weekly seminar related to the Musicology pathway. 

In Project I, you'll examine in detail a selection of western art music dating from the 17th to the 19th century. Each case study will deal with a particular type of music within its historical context.​

In Project II, you’ll investigate a selection of music dating from the 20th and 21st centuries.​

Case studies are based around the expertise of the Department’s staff, so you will be exposed to leading research in the field for each of these seminars that you attend.

Throughout these modules you’ll receive advice, support and feedback from your academic supervisor. You’ll have the freedom to submit work on areas that interest you - our courses are designed to allow maximum flexibility and independence.

Critical Reflection in Musical Practice

Critical Reflection in Musical Practice runs throughout the year. In this module you’ll develop sophisticated ways to articulate critical and reflective outlooks on musicological topics. Your classes will introduce some of the research and critical skills needed in order to carry out work at postgraduate level. You'll then explore theories and methods associated with critical musicology.

Your classes will prepare you for the MA conference, in which you will deliver a paper on a subject of your choice, and introduce you to further musicological topics based on staff research specialisms.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Music producer

  • Music therapist

  • Secondary school music teacher

  • Sound designer

  • University teacher

  • Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video


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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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