Entry requirements

Masters degree in a relevant subject or equivalent research experience. Applicants with degrees in subjects other than music must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The department offers a broad range of expertise in musicology, composition and performance, with particular research strengths in Music on Stage and Screen, Early Music and Music in Contemporary Culture. Other areas of expertise include ethnomusicology, popular music, globalisation, 19th-century music, music and language, and historical performance practice. Proposals for postgraduate research in any of the areas familiar to the staff in the department are welcome.

In addition to individual supervision, postgraduate students benefit from the department's lively programme of research activities, including regular training courses, workshops and visiting speakers; as well as the services provided by the University's Graduate School.

An MPhil normally equates to either two years of full-time or four years of part-time study, during which a 60,000-word thesis is written. A PhD normally equates to either three years of full-time or six years of part-time study, during which a 100,000-word thesis is written.

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

Information for international students

Competitive scholarships are available from the School of Humanities and the University. 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
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843