It moves beyond the traditional focus on album recordings and stage performances to include significant forms of ‘ubiquitous music’, including music in film/TV/advertising/video games. For those wishing to study Anglophone popular music, this approach will enhance the cultural relevance of your work.
The Music - Global Popular Musics 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.
- Learn from experts - Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia lectures on Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies and teaches on the programme. His research focuses on electronic dance music scenes, although he also publishes research on music festivals, fieldwork methodology, sonic grain/texture, and queer theory. Dr Alexander Cannon lectures on the musics of Asia, creativity studies, and fieldwork methodology.
- Local research opportunities - being in the West Midlands, where large South Asian, Caribbean, and Eastern European migrant communities constitute a significant part of the local music community, provides considerable opportunities for local field research.
- Exceptional facilities - You will benefit from some of the best facilities for music study and practice in the country, including state-of-the-art facilities in our Bramall Music Building along with practice rooms, electro-acoustic music studios, early instruments, computer workstations. You will also have access to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, with its magnificent Art Deco Concert Hall and Library.
- Global Popular Musics
- Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
- British Music Studies 1850-1975
- Experimental Music and Sound Art
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesMusic Musicology General Studies & Classics View 114 other Masters in General Studies & Classics in United Kingdom
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 for the Global Popular Musics pathway must also submit a sample of written work of at least 3,000 words - in English - in addition to the usual supporting documents.
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
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