Music Performance Practice, Master | Online (optional) | University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Music Performance Practice

12 months
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21840 GBP/year
4778 GBP/year
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About

The postgraduate research programmes in Music Performance Practice at University of Birmingham are a unique opportunity for performers of proven ability to develop their work on historically-informed performances of western art music.

Overview

By taking the Music Performance Practice programme at University of Birmingham, you will be 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. 

The Department of Music offers two options for postgraduate research, whether you are looking to complete your academic studies with a PhD or to pursue Masters-level research following an undergraduate degree a related field.

The MA by Research in Performance Practice is examined by:

  • A thesis of c.20,000 words
  • A performance not exceeding 45 minutes actual performance time (30-35 minutes for wind and brass players) which illustrates, at least in part, ideas raised in the thesis
  • A written programme note for, and detailed critical commentary on, the performance

The PhD in Performance Practice is examined in two stages. At the end of Year 2, you will give a live ‘Minor Performance’ of 30 minutes, together with a written programme note for, and critical commentary on, the performance. This performance is examined by two internal examiners and is followed immediately by a short viva focusing on issues of performance. You may be advised by the examiners not to proceed to the PhD in Performance Practice, but rather to transfer to a Musicology PhD.

Postgraduate employability: Music

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 5 years, 75% of Music postgraduates were in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation (DLHE 2012 - 2017). While 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 teaching, social care and publishing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music
  •  Composition
  • Musical Performance 
  • Practice
  • Musicology
  • Performance Practice

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Year-round. Major intakes in September and January.

Language

English
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
88

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
88

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Other requirements

General requirements

Applications for the PhD programme need to be supported by a piece of academic writing of c3,000 words, as well as a recital comprising a diverse programme, relevant to your intended course, of c.30 mins. in duration. This can be provided via YouTube, Youku or DropBox. 

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

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  • International

    21840 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21840 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4778 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4778 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK: £2,389 part-time
  • International: £10,920 part-time (distance learning only)

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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Scholarships Information

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Available Scholarships

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Provided by university
Grant
2000 GBP
Deadline
31 May 2024
Global Masters Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Provided by university
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
30 Sep 2024
Birmingham Marshall Scholarship
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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
07 Nov 2024
Chevening Scholarships
Merit-based

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UK Government
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Independent provider
Grant
15000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
Amberscholar Scholarship
Merit-based

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Amber Student
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Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
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Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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The Association of Commonwealth Universities
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Independent provider
Grant
8000 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships for International Students
Merit-based

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Get-Scholarship
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 GBP
Deadline
Not specified
Scholarship Scheme set up with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Merit-based

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The Anglo-Norse Society - scholarships & grants
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Independent provider
Grant
3000 GBP
Deadline
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Anglo-Norse Scholarship Scheme set up with the Royal College of Music
Merit-based

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The Anglo-Norse Society - scholarships & grants
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Independent provider
Grant
15000 USD
Deadline
15 Jun 2024
Eon Essay Contest
Merit-based

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Eon Essay Contest
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Independent provider
Grant
7000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
Amber Scholarship For September Intake
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Amber Student
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000000 INR
Deadline
Anytime
Education Future International Scholarship
Merit-based

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Education Future
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Independent provider
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
31 May 2024
Global Wales Scholarship
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British Council - Accreditation UK
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Independent provider
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
10 Jun 2024
GREAT Scholarship
Merit-based

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British Council - Accreditation UK
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Independent provider
Grant
10000 GBP
Deadline
31 May 2024
GREAT Scholarships at University of Derby
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British Council - Accreditation UK
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
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ACES Education Fund
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Independent provider
Grant
1652 GBP
Deadline
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Commonwealth Shared Scholarship – University Bids
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UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
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Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
ServiceScape Scholarship
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ServiceScape
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Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
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U.S. government
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Grant
Various benefits
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Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries
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DFID/UK Universities
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Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
01 Oct 2024
Marshall Scholarship
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The Government of the United Kingdom
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Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Chevening Scholarships
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The Association of Commonwealth Universities
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 GBP
Deadline
29 Jun 2024
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Go City
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
01 Dec 2024
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Simmons and Fletcher
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Independent provider
Grant
500 GBP
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
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Rapid Formations
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Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
30 Jun 2024
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Moving Mates
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Grant
Various benefits
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Not specified
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OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation
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Grant
25000 USD
Deadline
14 Jun 2024
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Grant
7000 USD
Deadline
24 Apr 2025
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Grant
5000 USD
Deadline
25 Aug 2024
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educations.com
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Grant
5000 CAD
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Pinsky Law New Venture Development Scholarship
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Pinsky Law
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Grant
90000 AUD
Deadline
Not specified
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
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The Ramsay Centre
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Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
31 Dec 2025
Scholarship for students with disabilities
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Anonymous Hope Fund
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Grant
12000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
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The Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
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Grant
10000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
Global Innovation Challenge
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Social Shifters
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Grant
8000 EUR
Deadline
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Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships
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European Commission
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Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
The Bill Walsh Scholarship
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ACES: The Society for Editing
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Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
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AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation
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Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
31 Jul 2024
The MyUS Community Scholarship
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Grant
2000 USD
Deadline
20 Aug 2024
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1000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
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Verified Scholarships
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Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
10 Dec 2024
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1000 USD
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31 Oct 2024
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1000 USD
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31 Aug 2024
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1000 USD
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30 Jun 2024
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965 USD
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500 USD
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31 Oct 2024
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55 GBP
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19 Jun 2024
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