Our staff in the School of Arts and Cultures are active researchers and excellent teachers who have established Newcastle University’s international reputation in musicology, composition and performance.

Your Study Experience

As a postgraduate student, you will be part of this lively and supportive community of researchers, practitioners and students and will have access to excellent facilities.


• £4.5 million Music Studios with 24-hour practice rooms, including a large ensemble/band room
• Studios equipped with state-of-the- art technology for sound synthesis, composition and recording
• Culture Lab, a multimedia research facility with open-plan research space, and dedicated electronics, workshop, multimedia and sound spaces
• Online access to a range of sound archives including the Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, American Song, African American Music, Classical Music Library and FARNE: Folk Archive Resource North East.
• Extensive library collection including books, periodicals, scores and recordings
• We subscribe to over 100 musical journals and to definitive music resources including Grove Music Online and the Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music

MMus and MLitt Programmes

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.
• Our Master of Music (MMus) offers you flexibility and choice allowing you to specialise in either creative practice or musicology, or combine the two.
• Our MLitt in Music is structures to provide you with a series of distinct research projects that support your progress to the completion of a dissertation.

Both programmes provide structured research training and there are regular opportunities to attend research seminars by leading experts in the field.

MPhil/PhD Study

Our work and expertise covers a range of musical repertoires (classical, early, popular, folk and traditional, contemporary, avant-garde and jazz) and we can normally provide MPhil and PhD supervision in:

• popular music
• cultural theory
• ethnomusicology
• early music
• gender studies
• cultural history and historiography
• music analysis and aesthetics
• studio and notated composition
• improvisation
• performance

We offer a number of funding opportunities and information can be found on the School’s funding pages.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

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