Taught course


Oxford Brookes University · School of Arts

Entry requirements

For UK students, a good honours degree, minimum 2:1 (not necessarily in Music).

If you do not meet the standard entry requirement it may be possible to consider your application based on evidence of other relevant personal and professional experience, the support of your referees and examples of written work.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Music offers advanced training in either musicology or composition. The modular structure allows students to pursue a broad generalist programme or to specialise in a particular area of their choice. Within the field of musicology, students can slant their studies towards one or several of the following: music in nineteenth-century culture, opera studies, popular music studies or film music. The composition pathway, meanwhile, provides a practice-based contemporary composition curriculum that encourages students to push the boundaries of their practice and develop a voice as an engaged and creative composer.

This course is unusual in combining a rigorous academic education with the opportunity to acquire vocational skills through our innovative Professional Experience module. Students take up work placements with a wide range of external arts organisations or undertake a project with one of our specialist research units. The course therefore offers rich opportunities for career development and can pave the way for further study at PhD level if so required.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, then an English language level of IELTS 6.5 is required with 6.0 in each component.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
8 months
part time
12 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

School of Arts
+44 (0)1865 484959