Taught course


Durham University · Department of Music

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 (or equivalent) in an undergraduate Music degree.

One sample of written work (2,000 words) on a musicological topic There are other requirements - please see durham.ac.uk/courses/info/W3K707

Months of entry


Course content

The flexible modular structure of our taught MA course allows you to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music. It provides an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but would also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains.

Students on the taught MA course join a vibrant international postgraduate community and study with scholars, composers and performers who have achieved international recognition in their fields.

The MA Music course supports study in the following areas

of specialism:

• Musicology

• Ethnomusicology

• Composition (acoustic and electronic)

• Performance

Core modules:

• Research Methods and Resources

• Core Research Seminars.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,500.00 per year
International students
£19,500.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    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

Department of Music