The usual entrance requirement is an upper second-class degree or higher in Music, or appropriate equivalent qualifications.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February
The Music Department offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the most dynamic institutions in Britain, with access tooutstanding facilities. Our staff include composers, performers and writers on music. Our wide research expertise covers on the Medieval, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, 19th and 20th century British music, music analysis, critical theory, ethnomusicology and sound studies.
The MA by Research programme leads to the submission of a thesis of not more than 40,000 words, whilst the PhD requires an 80,000 word thesis to be submitted. Both routes may require you to undertake training from courses in the Department’s taught MA programme.
For those following the MA by Research programme, it is possible to upgrade to a PhD. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
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
Our research expertise covers: Western music history British music Music analysis Critical theory Ethnomusicology Popular music
Information for international students
The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of hospitality to overseas students. Students study in a diverse and multicultural community on and off campus. Not only do students benefit from research training courses, they also receive support through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Postgraduate enquiry service
- 0121 414 5005