Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in music or a related subject. Applicants with degrees in subjects other than music must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude.

Months of entry


Course content

Our masters course has recently been enhanced to create one of the most flexible, contemporary and distinctive courses in the UK. It provides a solid foundation for those intending to proceed to doctoral research. It also offers a stimulating and exciting experience for those wishing to further their skills and to enhance their career opportunities by taking a prestigious higher degree. A bespoke course can be built around your specific interests, or around the variety of topics on offer, and it may include a module from a different department. Possible areas of specialisation include musicology/ethnomusicology, composition and performance. The MA can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years, starting in September.

Key facts:

  • The department regularly hosts major academic conferences, and organises a regular series of music colloquia featuring distinguished guest speakers and research students.
  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 85% of the department’s research was rated as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’, a result that places us in the top 10 UK music departments.
  • Excellent practical and technical facilities including a new purpose-built rehearsal hall, a composition and recording studio, a Mac Lab, and a postgraduate study room with individual workspaces.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Department of Music web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
portfolio of compositions100

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5559