Taught course

Musical Instrument Research

University of Edinburgh · School of Arts, Culture and Environment

Entry requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in music.

We may consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a subject related to musical instruments, such as physics, and you have an understanding of music theory.

We may also consider your application if you have another relevant background, for example if you have worked as an instrument maker or repairer; please contact us to check before you apply.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme develops skills in the critical study of musical instruments, and familiarises students with the examination of historic instruments, and with the evaluation of documentary information sources and iconography.

You will learn the history and relevant literature of the most important instruments of western art music. You will be able to examine historic instruments, carry out research and draw conclusions about their operation.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international student at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 650 4086