School of Arts and Cultures



Our postgraduate students can draw on a wealth of music research experience and expertise.

Postgraduate student playing as part of an orchestra.

Our degrees

We run four postgraduate research degrees:

  • the MMus is a modular research programme with taught elements in either creative practice (composition, performance and so on) or musicology (or both)
  • the MLitt is a modular research programme in musicology
  • the MPhil a non-modular research programme examined by thesis or portfolio (musicology or practice)
  • the PhD

Academic staff supervise candidates working across a wide range of music-related topics that include both practice-based and academic areas of study.
Here are the main areas in which we are keen to supervise your work:

  • composition of all kinds (studio-based, multi-media, notated and improvised)
  • ethnomusicology and world musics
  • folk music (Ireland and Britain)
  • historical musicology (medieval, early modern, nineteenth-century and twentieth-century musics)
  • music analysis
  • music and cultural theory
  • performance
  • popular music studies

For more detail, please look at our individual staff specialisms here

Find out what funding is available for postgraduate students.

You can also study on the MA in Creative Art Practice which is for practitioners working between disciplines while engaging with contemporary technology.

Our students cover everything from composition and musical history to practical skills and performance.
Performance, musicology and composition are key elements in our postgraduate degrees.

Get in touch

If you have any queries about how to apply for a postgraduate degree in music at Newcastle, or would like to talk through your options, please contact the postgraduate admissions secretary