Our staff include composers, performers and scholars with research expertise that covers popular music, electronic music, Western Art Music (Medieval, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st Century), music analysis, music psychology, critical theory, British music, ethnomusicology, and sound studies.
We offer two postgraduate research-only programmes, whether you are looking to complete your academic studies with a PhD or pursue your research at Masters level.
Why study this course?
- Postgraduate community: By taking the Musicology programme from University of Birmingham, you will experience the latest research in music via our regular seminar series featuring leading scholars, composers, and performers. You will also have the opportunity to present your own research to fellow students and staff in our informal 'research lunch' series.
- World-leading research: The Department celebrated excellent results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), where 50% of research outputs (which measure the quality of published research produced by academics) for Music were top 4* rated as ‘world-leading'. This output score was one of the leading scores in the country.
- Employability: Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Arts Council England; BBC; Birmingham Conservatoire; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Coventry City Council Performing Arts Service; Lancaster University; National Opera Studio; National Orchestra; Raffles Institution; and Royal Northern College of Music.
- Scholarship opportunities: The Department has generous scholarship funding to cover fees and/or maintenance costs in cases of appropriate attainment.
- Musical Composition
- Musical Performance Practice
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
- Apply before
Postgraduate research can start at any time during the year, but it is important to allow time for us to review your application and communicate a decision.
DisciplinesMusic Music History Liberal Arts View 112 other Masters in Music History in United Kingdom
Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:
- For MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes 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.
- Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.
International19800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19800 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National4565 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4565 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
- UK: £2,283 part-time
- International: £9,900 part-time (distance learning only)
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