School of Arts and Cultures



The MLitt takes 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. It is primarily designed as a foundation for the PhD.

The MLitt focuses on training you for further PhD study. It is also a valuable qualification in its own right. For some the MLitt adds a further dimension to their undergraduate degree, in a 3+1 model.

You can focus on musicology or music education.

Course structure

It is a modular research programme, which means that the programme is made up of discrete parts. Each part carries a credit value, making up a total of 180 credits for the whole degree: 

  • research training component (20 credits)
  • course component (80 credits)
  • dissertation (80 credits)

The aim is that you put together a series of assignments that prepare you for the dissertation. 

Each assignment is assigned a supervisor. You should complete all assignments by the end of semester 2. Then you spend your summer writing up your dissertation.

Your research

The MLitt is designed primarily with scholarly types of research in mind. 

We can also accommodate some practical components where appropriate.  For example, performance in the context of performance practice research, or applied research in music education.

Our staff are keen to supervise research students in their specialist areas.