Taught course

Music (Ethnomusicology)

The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. While many applicants will come from a Music background, applicants from other disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. Anthropology, Cultural Studies, or area studies) who can demonstrate an appropriate level of musical knowledge and experience will also be considered. In exceptional circumstances we may consider relevant professional experience as an alternative route to entry.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MusM Music (Ethnomusicology) course offers a solid master's-level foundation in ethnomusicology. With a strong focus on theory, methodology and current debates in the discipline, together with appropriate research techniques and presentational styles, it offers excellent preparation for doctoral study and also for applied work.

You will be able to choose units and a dissertation/critical edition topic that best matches your special interests and aspirations. Together, the taught units encompass a wide range of topics and approaches - from gender and ethnicity, music and conflict, music revivals and performance culture, to postcolonial theory and the politics of ethnography.

Seminars allow for close collaboration between lecturers and students, with ample opportunity for you to present your own work and receive individual feedback. Discussion and debate forms an important part of most course units.

You can also choose to take a placement unit where you will spend a minimum of 20 days over a period of up to 12 weeks with an arts and cultural organisation, business or service provider to gain valuable workplace experience.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MusM
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment42

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+ 44 (0) 161 275 0322