Research course


Durham University · Department of Music
PhDMMus by researchMA by research

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the MA by thesis or MMus by thesis include an upper second class degree in Music or a relevant area of study; entry requirements for the PhD by thesis include a Masters degree in a relevant area of study. If you do not have this you may be admitted to a Masters programme in the first instance, with the possibility of upgrading to full PhD status for the second and third year of the programme.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Special attention is given to historical musicology, ethno-musicology, analysis, composition, and twentieth-century music. A wide range of practical activities and performance opportunities are also available.

The MA by thesis is assessed by a thesis of no more than 50,000 words and offers potential progression to MMus or PhD. The MMus by thesis is assessed by a thesis of no more than 70,000 words and also offers potential progression to PhD. The PhD is assessed by a thesis of no more than 100,000 words.

Department specialisms

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Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 with no element below 6.5.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MMus by research

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Mrs Karen Nichol
0191 33 43156