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 was judged to be 'world-leading' or 'internally excellent' in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.

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.

Our postgraduate programmes are available to study full-time and part-time, and some are available to study by distance learning. 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 10 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

Virtual Open Day: Postgraduate opportunities in Music - 28 April 2020, 12:00-13:00


Take part in our online chat where Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia will be answering your questions about postgraduate study in Music at Birmingham.

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A range of funding opportunities are offered at College and University level each year. Details of College opportunities can be found on the College of Arts and Law funding page. Further funding options are listed on the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.


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.