|Study location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
At least a Bachelor degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. The degree must be in a relevant subject
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
Upload documents in original language and translations. Take originals along when you go to study.
IELTS : Score 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band. Or Cambridge English(CAE): Advanced Minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component.
Please note: TOEFL IBT test will not be accepted for September 2015 entry.
At least 2 reference(s) should be provided.
Two academic references (or if appropriate to the programme applied for, one could be from your employer).
The Critical Musicology pathway aims to equip you with core historical and analytical skills as well as the enabling you to operate in a field that is broadly interdisciplinary. At the heart of this pathway is the Thinking about Music module. This is a historically oriented module in aesthetics, whose raison d’être lies in the conviction that, if musicologists are truly to benefit from reading theory, they first need a solid grounding in the philosophical tradition from which its most significant writers stem. The module ranges from Kant and Hegel to postmodernism, taking in the work of such hugely influential figures as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Adorno.
This pathway will be led by Amy Brosius and Ben Earle. Amy’s interdisciplinary approach to musicology relies on methodologies employed in Gender studies, Anthropology, American Performance studies, Sociology, and Art History, with specific focus on Butler, Feld, Schechner, and Bourdieu. Ben’s theoretical interests are mainly in the Frankfurt School tradition, especially Adorno and Jameson. Relevant publications include articles in Music & Letters (2003), Radical Musicology (2007) and Matthew Riley (ed.), British Music and Modernism, 1895–1960 (2010).
You will study three core modules:
Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
Music Research Colloquium
Introduction to Musicology
You will also choose one optional module and complete a 15,000-word musicology dissertation.
Over the past five years, 96% of Music postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Whilst some graduates pursue music-related careers, others choose to use their transferable skills to follow career paths in fields including finance, the media and the public sector.
Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include:
Arts Council England;
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group;
Coventry City Council Performing Arts Service;
National Opera Studio;
and Royal Northern College of Music.