Taught course

Advanced Musical Studies

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Music

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. Relevant experience will also be considered.

Composition / Ethnomusicology / Musicology / Performance

Months of entry


Course content

With one of the largest postgraduate communities in the UK, Royal Holloway's Music department has established itself as one of the country's premier institutions for postgraduate education in the field. Our research profile is of international standing, placing us top Music department in the UK (RAE, 2008) and is reflected in our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our postgraduate provision.

Our MMus in Advanced Musical Studies is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to specialise in one particular area of advanced musical study, as well as those who want to take a more varied set of options.

The aim of the course is to develop your intellectual and creative abilities within the field of advanced musical study to a professional level. You will be well versed and well practised in your chosen discipline, fluent both verbally and technically, and able to present your ideas within coherent frameworks orally, in writing, and through performance and composition. You will be able to take the initiative in constructing your study programme and will be fully conversant with a broad range of issues of concern in current musical and musicological endeavour.

We offer pathways in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology and Performance.

Information for international students

English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5, with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 88 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants. See: http://www royalholloway.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,200 (2014 entry)
International students
£13,600 (2014 entry)

See https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/feesandfunding/home.aspx

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr J P E Harper-Scott