University of Birmingham

Music Performance Practice, MA - PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

The Music Performance Practice programme offered by the University of Birmingham is assessed by performance supported by written work which demonstrates a high level of ability in presenting, and reasoning from, historical evidence relating to performance practice.

Career Opportunities

Birmingham's Music postgraduates work in a wide range of careers within and beyond the music world. A postgraduate degree in Music develops a broad base of skills including general skills such as communication, problem solving and research, and also specific skills developed by practice and performance such as self-management, team work and presentation.

Over the past four years, 91% of Music postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Whilst some graduates pursue music-related careers, or go on to teaching and lecturing roles, others choose to use their transferable skills to follow career paths in fields including finance and the public sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Singers and singing; 
  • Gender and sexuality; 
  • Performance; 
  • Early modern period.
  • Early Music Performance Practice; violin performance; conducting.
  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century instrumental music

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      PhD - 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time;

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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    88

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: Pass

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Pass or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

In contrast, for the Masters by Research, applicants need to supply a writing sample of at least 1,500 words, in addition to a bibliography and notes, as well as a 20-min. recital.

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:

  • For the MA by Research programme, entry usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree in Music or a related subject, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.
  • If you are applying for a PhD then you will usually also need to hold a good Masters qualification in Music or a related subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16320 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16320 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4270 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4270 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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EU/EEA part-time tuition fee is £2,135.

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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