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Postgraduate Study

2 courses offered in the Faculty of Music

The MPhil in Music is a flexible programme that combines taught courses with individual research. It has two tracks: Music Studies and Composition. Areas of particular expertise include medieval and early modern music, 19th-century music, opera, ethnomusicology, performance studies, music in contemporary societies, and scientific approaches to music in addition to composition. Teaching is through supervisions and seminars, and assessment is by coursework and one of the following: a 15,000-word dissertation; a recital plus performance-related essay (for students specialising in performance studies); or a portfolio of original compositions (for students specialising in composition).

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Postgraduate research in the Faculty of Music is centred on individual scholarly activity in fields such as historical musicology, analysis, ethnomusicology, performance studies, music and science, and composition. Doctoral students work in close contact with one or more leading researchers in their field as well as participating in programmes of skills training and research colloquia; there are also opportunities to gain experience in teaching. The overwhelming majority of postgraduate students in the Faculty undertake research that is directly connected with the special research interests of members of the Faculty. Intending applicants are strongly advised to make contact with a prospective supervisor prior to making a formal application in order to discuss the feasibility of their proposed research.

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Department Members

Academic Staff: 16 Postdoctoral researchers: 12 Graduate Students: 60 Undergraduate
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  • 16 Academic Staff
  • 12 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 60 Graduate Students
  • 200 Undergraduates

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