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The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
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The Musicology programme at The University of Edinburgh takes a broad and contemporary approach to musical scholarship, and equips students with the context, skills and critical understanding necessary to undertake original research in this dynamic and increasingly interdisciplinary field.


You will be taught by leading academics whose research interests cover a broad range of approaches and genres, including:

  • the cultural and material history of music
  • music and politics
  • popular music studies
  • music analysis
  • music instrument research
  • music and audiovisual media
  • music psychology
  • jazz studies

The Musicology programme at The University of Edinburgh allows you to develop specialised skills in researching and writing about music, and to pursue, in greater depth, an area of special research interest. You will join a large postgraduate community and benefit from a vibrant research culture within the Reid School of Music, which has been a world leader in music research since 1838.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this programme will be able to apply and devise innovative research methods, critically evaluate arguments and display a variety of transferable skills. They will also be equipped with the skills necessary to pursue higher research degrees.

Career opportunities

On graduating, you will be equipped with the skills necessary to pursue a higher research degree in musicology, or take your knowledge into areas such as music criticism and journalism, arts administration and curatorship, or music librarianship.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of seven courses, including the final 15,000-word dissertation.

Five of these are taught courses and there are also two research-based courses, both taught through one-to-one supervision.

Four courses are compulsory. These are:

  • Musicology

  • MMus Research Methods

  • Individual Research Project (a smaller research project, conducted over the first two semesters)

  • MMus Dissertation (a larger research project that forms the culmination of the programme)

You can also choose three further courses. Two of these are selected from current MMus programme options, which change each year: updated information on course options for 2022 entry will be posted on the programme website when available.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent), in music. We may consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in another relevant subject.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees: 

  • Home - £6,250
  • International/EU - £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 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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