Postgraduate study in Music

As a postgraduate student in Music you will join one of the most vibrant and exciting Music Departments in the world.

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Over 85% of research in the Department of Music has been judged to be 'world-leading' or 'internally excellent'.  This is the result of the national Research Excellence Framework exercise, which assessed research publications and the public impact of research carried out in all universities in the UK, 2008-2014.

We have an excellent record of postgraduate employment, with many former students holding academic posts at institutions such as the University of Manchester, Edinburgh University, the University of Sheffield, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the University of Malaysia, and Harvard University.

All our postgraduate programmes are available full and part-time. Some are available through a Distance Learning option. Read more about our programmes via the links below.

Taught programmes

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development. There are 12 specialist pathways that you can choose from; each includes a range of core and optional taught modules and you will complete the course with a dissertation, recital or composition portfolio.

Taught programmes

Doctoral research


The College of Arts and Law is offering a number of Music scholarships for entry in 2017, available to students at both taught and research levels.  For further information please see our Music scholarships page. Further funding options are listed on the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

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Although there is not a formal deadline for applications, there are deadlines for funding, and competition can be fierce for the limited number of places available each academic year. Students will not normally be considered for funding if they have not already received an offer of a place to study. It is thus necessary to make an application to study well in advance of funding deadlines. For this reason we recommend applying as early as possible.

Please note: All prospective students must submit sample work; the specific requirements depend on the pathway you are applying for. Please refer to the 'how to apply' section of the coursefinder entry for your chosen pathway for further details.

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