Taught course


University of Glasgow · School of Culture and Creative Arts

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Applicants should also have experience of music analysis. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with intensive exposure to the contemporary field of musicology and develops your skills in musicology through a mixture of classroom-based seminars and involvement in specialist research projects. Applicants should have experience of music analysis and writing about music.

Why Glasgow

  • This programme has been especially designed to meet the needs of music graduates who wish to develop research and critical skills in musicology.
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including seminar and practice rooms, a small library, two audio labs and an electroacoustic music studio, the University’s concert hall and attached studios.

  • You will benefit from studying in the city of Glasgow with its vibrant and exciting music scene: the UK’s first UNESCO city of music.

Programme Structure

Core courses

  • Musicology
  • Two research seminars, including presentations to be written up as essays.

If you are studying for the PgDip you will also complete a Musicology dissertation.

Background and Aims

The School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow is home to Scotland’s leading research centre in Music. It has established a new suite of postgraduate programmes which have been especially designed to meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of professional musicians and composers. Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas in Musicology are available to both full time and part time students.

Resource and Facilities

Music facilities within the School include three studios, the Audio Lab, a small library and a number of seminar and practice rooms. The School also has preferential access to the University Concert Hall. For more information on bookings rooms, please contact the Music Secretary, or refer to the Music Handbook for details.

Please note, the Music facilities are only for those students enrolled on Music courses within the School of Culture & Creative Arts. For all other University of Glasgow students, please visit the St. Andrews Building for practice rooms.

University Concert Hall

A short walk from the Music building, in the University's main Gilbert Scott building, is the University Concert Hall. The School has preferential access to the hall and uses it extensively for recitals, performance practice and teaching. The Concert Hall houses two Steinway Model D grand pianos, an 1840s Broadwood grand, and a Mozart-era fortepiano, two chamber organs (one an 18th-century Snetzler), two harpsichords, an extensive range of percussion and other instruments for the performance of orchestral and contemporary music. In addition to the instruments housed in the Concert Hall the School also owns a fine consort of viols, baroque strings, recorders, crumhorns and other wind instruments. The Concert Hall also houses Music's Diffusion System for the public performance of electroacoustic music.

Practice Rooms

Music students have access to ten practice rooms for solo instrumental or ensemble practice. Five of these rooms are located in the Music building, with three in the adjacent Modern Languages Buiding and the remaining two soundproof rooms in the Hetherington Building.

The largest of the Music rooms, 'The Club Room' contains a baby grand piano and is big enough for ensemble rehearsal. All other rooms contain an upright piano, a full length mirror and a music stand. These rooms can be booked in advance, for up to 2 hours a day by students studying within Music.

Music Library

The Music building houses its own small reference library. It holds a high quality selection of books and scores that complement those provided by the main University Library. In addition, the Music Library also houses eight PC workstations running Microsoft Office and Finale notation software. Each machine has an attached MIDI keyboard for quick and intuitive notation entry. A microfiche scanner is also provided to aid musicological research.

Audio Lab

Students have access to the Music Audio Lab for audio production, acoustics, composition and sound synthesis work. The lab contains 12 Apple iMacs each with Avid audio hardware, a MIDI keyboard and a comprehensive suite of installed software including:-

  • Finale
  • Pro Tools - including RTAS plug-ins by:
    • Cycling 74
    • GRM Tools
    • Cycling 74 Max

Each machine is connected to a high quality playback system.


The School has three studios dedicated to composition and audio production. Studios One and Two are housed in the Gilbert Scott Building above the Concert Hall. Both feature audio tie-lines linking them to the Concert Hall, the Bute Hall and each other. Studio Three is a smaller composition studio housed in the Music building.

All the studios are based around Apple Mac G5 digital audio workstations running a comprehensive suite of applications including:-

  • Pro Tools - with RTAS plug-ins by:
    • Cycling 74
    • GRM Tools
    • Sony Oxford
  • Cycling 74 - Max
  • Finale

Diffusion System

The Diffusion System is used for public performances of music by international and Glasgow based composers including current students. The system is located in the University Concert Hall. It comprises an 8-channel speaker array and sound diffusion desk for live sound processing and spatialisation.

Diffusion hardware includes:

  • Genelec 1031 active speakers
  • d&b D12 amplifiers
  • d&b Q10 loudspeakers
  • d&b Q-SUB subwoofers
  • Mackie 1604 mixers
  • ATC100 active speakers (shared with Edinburgh University and the RSAMD)
  • ATC50 active speakers (shared with Edinburgh University and the RSAMD)

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 7.0; no sub-test less than 7.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23. CAE: 185; no sub-test less than 185. CPE: 185; no sub-test less than 185. PTE Academic: 68; minimum 60 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr David Code