Entry requirements

UK students should normally hold a 2:1 honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music.

Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music.

Interview requirements: All applicants will submit a proposal detailing ideas for their Dissertation project and this will be followed by an interview. Home student auditions will be scheduled live in Birmingham; EU/international students outside the UK at the time of application may participate in a Skype interview.

You must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in all four skills areas to secure a visa

You must have IELTS 7 overall; or alternatively must have studied and completed a Bachelor’s degree in the UK;*.

English language requirements

IELTS overall score 7.0 (with no lower than 6.5 in all components) or equivalent is required.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Fees and funding

Learn more about postgraduate fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Conservatoire Admissions
0121 331 5901