UK students should normally hold a 2:1 honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music.
Months of entry
Whatever your interests, our Musicology course gives you the unique opportunity to pursue your own research project within a lively and exciting Conservatoire environment.
Our flexible course enables you to mould a programme of study to your own needs and aspirations, and may be approached as preparation for a research degree in music.
It is important that a musicologist also develops complementary skills and/or knowledge outside their specialism which will help equip them for a future career: professional musicologists typically find themselves, amongst other things, teaching, managing and administering; some even maintain parallel careers as professional performers or composers.
Therefore, we provide you with a choice of Professional Development Options (shared across our postgraduate programmes) alongside your musicological work to give you the opportunity to develop and/or expand your interests across a range of complementary areas.
The Conservatoire team—which comprises a large number of research-active staff—has a vast array of expertise, allowing us to supervise a wide range of projects, and we are particularly keen to attract those interested in pursuing Masters-level research in our specialist areas.
These include: Late Medieval Music; French Music of the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries; Italian Baroque Music; 18th and 19th Century British, Russian or Austro-Germanic Music; Contemporary Film and Television Music; Theory and Analysis; 20th-Century Music Theory and Analysis; and Music Critics and Criticism.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire also hosts a significant collection of historical instruments and we welcome studies with a focus on performance practice and/or critical editing.
Recent research projects include:
- An exploration of Music Performance Anxiety in a Conservatoire Woodwind Department.
- The Music of Hans Zimmer, US Military Intervention and "The Other" in Film; the Sound of the Ungrievable.
- Easy Listening: Jerry Lanning and the BBC Radio Orchestra 1979-81.
- The Emergence and Evolution of the Piano Study in the Years 1797-1837.
- Voices from a Non-Place: An Investigation into Language, Space and the Sung Voice.
- The Lute and Non-Nobility in Elizabethan England.
- Alexei Stanchinsky (1888-1914): Context and Influences.
- Clara Schumann as Pedagogue.
- Italian Film Music During the 1930s: Political Appropriation and Socioeconomic Agendas.
- Constructive or Destructive? Assessing the Impact of Feedback in Instrumental Piano Lessons.
- Irish Rebel Music 1969-1995: Appropriation and Hidden Agendas.
Our MA Musicology programme can be studied as a standalone course, but it is also intended to help prepare you for a research degree.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Conservatoire Admissions
- 0121 331 5901