Entry requirements

We prefer you to have an undergraduate degree in music. However, if you have an advanced level in performance or composition you may also be considered for those pathways. We accept qualifications other than music degrees for entry onto the Ethnomusicology MA pathway.

Four pathways:Music MA: offers you a range of options to suit your particular interests, and allows you to focus on a substantial piece of written research in an area of specific individual interest. The pathway gives you exceptional training in research skills and introduces you to the latest critical thinking in music studies and musicology.Ethnomusicology MA: introduces you to new ways of thinking about music in its cultural contexts, with a particular focus on urban ethnomusicology. You will learn fundamental ethnographic research skills, while also engaging with different representations of musical knowledge, through ethnographic film, sound recordings, and musical performance.Composing for Moving Images MA: develops your ability to compose notated and/or digital music in relation to moving images, employing a wide range of technical procedures relevant to contemporary composition. You will have the chance to work with performers and/or other collaborators in creating music.Performance MA: develops your abilities as a performer, informed by an understanding of style, genre, context and interpretation, as well as historical and theoretical issues relevant to your specialised repertoire. You will receive conservatoire-level tuition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Months of entry


Course content

City's programme of Music MA pathways gives you the chance to engage with a wide range of musical repertoires including Western art and popular music, world music, contemporary music and electronic music.
We encourage you to develop both critical and creative approaches to musical practice and study. You will have the opportunity to consider current issues and debates in contemporary musicology.
You will also explore the complex interrelationships between music and other subjects, and between theory and creative practice, while being trained in fundamental research skills which you may also use in later doctoral study.
The Music MA programme aims to help you understand and evaluate the traditions and trajectories of music studies as a discipline, and appreciate how our own perceptions and values are shaped by wide range of contextual, historical and aesthetic influences.

Fees and funding

Full-time EU: £7,500, Full-time Non EU: £13,500
Scholarships: UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible for a £1,500 scholarship on a first-come first-served basis. All UK/EU applicants to this course will be automatically considered for this scholarship.
International students can apply for theSchool of Arts and Social Sciences International Excellence Scholarship
Bursaries: City University London is pleased to announce one full fee-waiver scholarship for entry to any of its MA Music pathways in September 2015.
The Robert Anderson Scholarship provides a full-fee waiver at UK/EU rates. International students are also eligible to apply and if successful will have the equivalent UK/EU fee amount deducted from the international fee.
Other bursaries: Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 7040 8284