Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold (or expect to gain) an upper second class honours degree. While most students come with a first degree in Music or Music Technology, we do consider applicants with a good honours degree in related subjects in the arts, humanities, and sciences if they can demonstrate musical expertise and experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Engage in a unique course that covers the diverse fields of music and sound. Within a vibrant musical community located in the heart of global London, you will develop skills in a topic of your choice including music performance and scholarship, contemporary composition and sound practices. You will learn directly from world-leading artists and scholars who are active creators and researchers. You will collaborate with international visitors in workshops and masterclasses.

You will receive training in fundamental research skills, culminating in a major project in creative practice or scholarly research.

You will refine and develop a topic of your choice in close consultation with an individual supervisor.

Topics include notated and digital music, sound arts, interdisciplinary practices; classical, jazz, and popular performance and improvisation; historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis, and sound studies.

You may get involved in our research centre SPARC (Sound Practice and Research at City) and our ground-breaking record label multi modal distributed by NMC Recordings.

Fees and funding

Please visit: https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/postgraduate/music-by-research

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

PG Enquiries Team
020 7040 8877