Taught course

Critical and Applied Musicology

University of Leeds · School of Music

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent professional experience in a relevant subject area. Students must submit a copy (or draft) of an undergraduate dissertation, or an essay in English of at least 2,000 words.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed to provide a logical progression from undergraduate music programmes, and the training and preparation necessary for students with ambitions to study musicology to MPhil/PhD level. Students take core modules in Professional Studies and Issues in Critical Musicology. In addition, students acquire advanced competency in a range of key musicological skills (editorial, archival, critical, and theoretical) by taking at least one of Editing and Archival Studies, Aesthetic Theory and Short Dissertation. These skills are then applied in an extended project (dissertation or editorial project) defined in negotiation with the supervisor. Postgraduate musicology study at Leeds comprises a coherent progressive programme, which facilitates movement from general, methodological concerns towards greater specialisation, while preserving some flexibility and student choice. Particularly distinctive is the balance struck between topics and approaches traditionally regarded as ‘historical musicology’, and those associated with the ‘critical’ or ‘new musicology’ movement which has come to significance since the 1990s.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

University scholarships available to UK /EU and International Students. http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions, School of Music
+44 (0)113 343 2583