Taught course

Music with integrated pre-Masters

University of Birmingham · Department of Music

Entry requirements


Months of entry


Course content

This two year course is suitable for students who are academically strong but who do not have the right knowledge or background for one of our one year MA courses in Music.

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MA Music

MA Music

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development.


The pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge and skills. In particular you will develop knowledge of a range of musical styles of various historical periods and cultures. During the pre-Masters year, depending on the optional modules you take, you will gain knowledge in the area of musicology, performance or composition .

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Fees and funding

UK students
Designed for international students
International students
£13,860 (year 1), £14,850 (year 2)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005