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Full time | Birmingham Conservatoire | 1 year | SEP

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1 year

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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary


This flexible course enables you to mould a programme of study to your own needs and aspirations, and may be approached as preparation for a research degree in music.

It is important that a musicologist also develops complementary skills and/or knowledge outside their specialism which will help equip them for a future career: professional musicologists typically find themselves, amongst other things, teaching, managing and administering; some even maintain parallel careers as professional performers or composers.

Therefore, we provide you with a choice of Professional Development Options (shared across our postgraduate programmes) alongside your musicological work to give you the opportunity to develop and/or expand your interests across a range of complementary areas.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire also hosts a significant collection of historical instruments and we welcome studies with a focus on performance practice and/or critical editing.

What's covered in the course?

Most postgraduate conservatoire degrees are focused on performance or composition, and don’t cater for musicologists. This is not the case at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where this course provides you with the opportunity not only to develop your skills as a musicologist, but to supplement them with complementary studies unique to a Conservatoire environment.

Your own research project will be at the heart of your course, and alongside this you will choose from the Conservatoire’s menu of postgraduate Professional Development options, which will allow you either to hone your skills in complementary areas, or to develop and expand your interests, providing the opportunity to interact and network with fellow musicians and a range of staff, as well as enjoying the excellent facilities the Conservatoire boasts.


The Dissertation is the culmination of the MA Musicology course. The purpose of this module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically-informed research project by exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. Thus, the content of this module is determined by your individual research interests. The outcome may take the form of a written Dissertation, a Scholarly Edition or a Musicological Equivalent, and will be discussed in consultation with your supervisor(s). Through this module, you will demonstrate command of your chosen field of study by critically engaging with existing scholarship as a context for your own independent research, work autonomously to formulate and develop an extended research project, and develop the skills necessary to present your research findings effectively. Among the transferable skills developed here are self-direction, self-motivation, initiative-taking, problem-solving and decision-making, all of which are essential if you intend to pursue musicological research further, whether independently, in the context of employment, or in a future PhD project, the latter being a logical progression for a student who is particularly successful in this module.

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Entry requirements

UK students should normally hold a 2:1 honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music. Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music.