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Musicology, PhD/MA by Research

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #81 (QS) Birmingham, United Kingdom| Online
The Department of Music offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the most dynamic institutions in Britain, with supervision from world-leading academics and access to outstanding facilities with this Musicology from University of Birmingham.
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Overview

Our staff include composers, performers and scholars. Our wide research expertise covers the Medieval, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, 20th and 21st Century music, popular music, music analysis, music psychology, critical theory, electronic music, British music, ethnomusicology and sound studies. Postgraduate students will experience the latest research in music via our regular seminar series featuring leading scholars, composers, and performers. They will also have the opportunity to present their own research to fellow students and staff in our informal 'research lunch' series.

You can study Musicology from University of Birmingham on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, the programme includes a fully-funded annual visit to campus for each full year of your programme (every two years for part-time students).

Career

You will have opportunities to: meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs; attend employer presentations and skills workshops; receive individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      PhD – 3 years full-time; MA by Research – 1 year full-time

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      PhD – 6 years part-time; MA by Research – 2 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Why study this course

  • World-leading research
  • Employability
  • Wide research expertise

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • For MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree in Music or a related subject, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.
  • If you are applying for a PhD then you will usually also need to hold a good Masters qualification in Music or a related subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17880 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17880 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4380 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • UK/EU: £2,190 part-time/year
  • International: £8,940 part-time/year

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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