Musicology MMus

The MMus in Musicology provides students with intensive study in current trends in Musicology at an advanced level. The programme combines a broad base in musicological research, including theoretical and methodological approaches from the historiography, analysis, sociology and cultural and critical study of music, with the possibility of specialising in fields such as Popular Music Studies, Screen Music Studies, Historically Informed Performance Practice (scholarly approaches only) and Sonic Arts Aesthetics and Criticism.

Why this Programme

  • Provision of placements in musical or cultural and arts organisations
  • Provision of tuition in digital musicology
  • Provision of specialist tuition in creative industries and cultural policy at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research
  • As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is a unique centre of creative activity in diverse fields, from classical orchestras and ensembles, including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to legendary venues in popular and traditional music, making it an outstanding place for musicological study.
  • Our facilities include a Concert Hall, three studios, an audio lab and practice rooms
  • We have an excellent collection of modern and historical keyboard instruments including two Steinway Model D grand pianos, a 1840s Broadwood grand piano, a Classical forte-piano, and two harpsichords. Other instruments include a selection of percussion instruments, a consort of viols, Baroque strings, recorders, crumhorns and other wind instruments.

Programme Structure

The programme is comprised of four core courses (Research Skills and Digital Musicology, Introduction to Musicology, Current Issues in Musicology and Dissertation in Musicology) to provide students with a firm basis in the current research and methods in musicology. These are complemented by a range of options to allow students to pursue their own specialized interests.

Options will include:

  • Historically Informed Performance Practice
  • Introduction to Popular Music
  • Sonic Arts Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Music, Sound and Screen

There will also be opportunities to engage with the interdisciplinary study, with courses available from other subjects within the School:

  • Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (Centre for Cultural Policy Research)
  • Festivals (Film and Television Studies)
  • Making Time: performing and thinking temporalities in the creative arts (History of Art)

Core teaching will be delivered during semesters 1 and 2. Over the summer months, you will complete the Dissertation, to be submitted at the end of August. A variety of teaching methods will be used, including seminars and individual supervision. You have the opportunity to take a Placement in a Music or Arts organisation (subject to availability).

Core and optional courses

Core courses

  • Research Skills and Digital Musicology
  • Introduction to Musicology
  • Current Issues in Musicology
  • Dissertation in Musicology

Optional courses:

  • Festivals
  • Historically Informed Performance Practice Seminar
  • Introduction to Popular Music Studies
  • The Contemporary Music Industries
  • Making Time: performing and thinking temporalities in the creative arts
  • Music, Sound and Screen
  • Popular Music Politics
  • Working in Music since 1800
  • Sonic Art Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Placement

Entry Requirements

for entry in 2017

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score7.0
  • no sub-test less than7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL:100; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading:24
    • Listening:24
    • Speaking:23
    • Writing:27
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses

Career Prospects

This programme prepares students for careers in the music and creative industries as well as related fields, such as the media and broadcasting. Additionally, this programme provides the necessary foundation for pursuing further research in musicology in the form of a PhD.

Program taught in:
  • English

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