The Music - Open Pathway without Performance programme from University of Birmingham offers first class, world-recognised staff who are experts in their fields meaning students learn from people who really are the best at what they do.
Students study within the excellent facilities available with the Elgar Concert Hall, which is one of the most flexible concert halls of its type in any UK university.
Why study this course?
- Excellent reputation – the Department of Music is one of the most distinguished in the UK, with a history stretching back to 1905 when Edward Elgar was appointed the University’s first Professor of Music and looking forward to the latest cutting-edge developments in the practice and study of music.
- Fantastic resources available – the state-of-the-art Bramall Music Building offers outstanding facilities, including climate controlled rooms for the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research, multichannel electroacoustic music studios and BEAST, the department’s huge loudspeaker system for electroacoustic music. It is also home to the acoustically flexible and technologically advanced 450-seat Elgar Concert Hall, with acoustics designed by renowned acoustician and architect Nicolas Edwards (Symphony Hall Birmingham, Symphony Centre Dallas, Royal Shakespeare Theatre).
- Taught by experts in the field – you will have the opportunity to draw upon the wide range of interests and knowledge held by the Department’s expert academic staff.
- The city – the main University campus is within easy reach of the world-renowned Symphony Hall – home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and the Hippodrome – home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Department itself mounts concerts in Symphony Hall, the CBSO Centre and the historic Town Hall, which was the venue for the premieres of many major works, including Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.
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- Advanced Studies in Electroacoustic Composition
- Advanced Studies in Instrumental/Vocal Composition
- Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
- British Music Studies 1850-1975
- Composition Tutorials
- Electronic Music Studies
- Fieldwork Methods
- Historical Performance Practice
- Global Popular Musics
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesMusic Music History General Studies & Classics View 129 other Masters in Music History in United Kingdom
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We usually ask for a good Honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in Music or a related subject with a substantial musical component. Degrees in other subjects will be considered where candidates have significant professional musical experience and relevant qualifications.
- Your application should include a personal statement of approximately 5,000 characters. You should use your personal statement to explain why you are interested in studying this programme. In order to expedite processing, please clearly state the pathway to which you are applying within the first paragraph of your personal statement.
- All prospective students must also submit a sample of written work of at least 3,000 words - in English - in addition to the usual supporting documents.
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International20430 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20430 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National9810 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9810 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
- UK: £4,905 part-time
Living costs for Birmingham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.