Music is internationally recognised as a centre of research excellence. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) we were scored 3.25 GPA, ranking us in the top three departments for research in the UK.
The MRes comprises fewer taught modules and requires a more substantial dissertation than the MMus. In general, we recommend that you study for the MMus after your bachelors degree, as this offers a broader platform for future study and work. In exceptional cases, if you have a strong research proposal, the MRes may be appropriate, forming the basis for doctoral research.
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Three taught modulesCritical Practice in Musicology, Analytical Techniques, and Research Methodology in Music (Research Skills 1)explore current issues in critical thinking about music, and introduce you to theoretical and practical tools for advanced musical study. These modules will bring you together with students taking the MMus Musicology pathway for weekly classes, seminar discussions, and presentations.
The main part of the programme, however (counting for 120 out of a total 180 credit points), consists of a dissertation of around 30,000 words, on which you receive individual supervision throughout the year. We can supervise research in an extremely broad range of areas; you can get an impression of what we can cover by following the links on our staff list, or by looking at the list of dissertations recently completed or in progress in our departmental web pages.
Note. M = Musicology, P = Performance and C = Composition
* MUSI6002 Analytical Technique (M)
* MUSI6013 Research Skills 1 (M,P)
* MUSI6020 Dissertation MRes
* MUSI6001 Critical Practice in Musicology (M)
* MUSI6020 Dissertation MRes
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
AHRC Block Grant; Faculty studentships may be available.