Taught course

Music (with pathways)

University of Birmingham · Department of Music

Entry requirements

2:1 (Hons) in a relevant subject. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Standard English language requirements apply.

Months of entry


Course content

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. There are 12 specialist pathways that you can choose from; each includes a range of core and optional taught modules and you will complete the course with a dissertation, recital or composition portfolio:

  • British Music Studies
  • Choral Conducting
  • Critical Musicology
  • Early Music
  • Electroacoustic Composition/Sonic Art
  • Instrumental/Vocal Composition
  • Mixed Composition
  • Musicology
  • Open, with Performance
  • Open, without Performance
  • Performance
  • Performance Practice (post-1800)

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005