School of Arts and Cultures



Our MPhil takes takes 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

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

Course structure

The MPhil can be taken by:

  • thesis in musicology or music education
  • portfolio in composition
  • elements of both

The MPhil by thesis requires the submission of a 40,000 word thesis. This is based entirely on original research. 

The MPhil by portfolio requires the submission of work based around your creative practice. This is usually accompanied by a smaller thesis.

Your research

You'll have your research training needs assessed and attended to. You'll be assigned two supervisors in your chosen area of specialisation. 

We'll give you full access to our outstanding research facilities in ICMuS.

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