Our degrees

We run four postgraduate research degrees. Our postgraduate students can draw on a wealth of music research experience and expertise.


Finding a supervisor

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, notated, multi-media and improvised)
  • performance – in a range of genres (including classical, popular, folk, contemporary)
  • music and cultural/critical theory
  • ethnomusicology and world musics
  • popular music studies
  • historical musicology (medieval, early modern, nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century musics)
  • music analysis and theory
  • folk and traditional musics

For more detail, take a look at our individual staff specialisms.

The best thing about my course is the amount of freedom given to the students to lead our own studies and research.

Daniel, Music MLitt

International Students

If you are an international student seeking to improve your English and develop your academic skills before applying for a Masters degree, you might first wish to study for the International Graduate Diploma in Music, run in partnership with the University by INTO, and offering a pathway to our MMus degree


To make an application, click on the relevant button on the webpage for your chosen course. If you have any queries about your application, or would like first to talk through your options, please contact the postgraduate admissions secretary. As all our postgraduate programmes are research based, you should upload a research proposal of 250-500 words with your online application. This should be in respect of your eventual thesis (for PhD and MPhil), or projected 80-credit dissertation or Major Creative Project (for MMus or MLitt). 

The deadline for applications for programmes starting in September 2019 is Friday, 2 August 2019. But you are advised to submit your application as early as possible to ensure that we are able to supervise you. While it may be possible to consider applications submitted after the deadline, we cannot guarantee to do so.