Taught course


Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You must hold an honours degree or its equivalent to study for our MA in Music course. Your degree need not be in music but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. The part 1 module will bring you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in the subject, but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate bachelors degree and inadequate experience. The part 2 module explores main areas of interest to musicology and concludes with the writing of a dissertation or digital humanities project. Before you embark on the MA you must be able to: write clear, concise, grammatically correct and accurately spelt prose read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability argue logically, consistently and sceptically marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument be literate in music, to the extent that you can follow an orchestral score and know which instrument is playing. Further guidance is given in the module descriptions. If you would like help to assess your preparedness you can contact us for advice. For students who started in 2014 or later, you must commence your studies towards the MA in Music with the part 1 module and your final module must be the part 2 module.

Months of entry

October, April, February

Course content

This fascinating introduction to the methods and materials used for music research will suit professionals working in a wide range of music-related settings, and is also applicable if you have a leisure interest in music. Your studies will be based in the digital humanities using creative technologies to develop your research skills and critically analyse a variety of musical sources. You'll encounter a number of musical topics, themes and repertoires from different periods and styles - as you engage with Western, non-Western and popular music - and will be able to tailor your studies according to your musical interests.

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

Fees and funding

Costs are paid per unit not per qualification.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
60 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

0300 303 5303