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Music (Musicology) (MMus)

Award
Master of Music
Duration
1 year
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Highfield
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Expand your knowledge and understanding of music with a master’s degree at the University of Southampton. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills for a career in music or further research on a PhD.

Our MMus Musicology degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in various elements of musicology. On this course, you’ll study:

  • current trends in musicological method and critical practice
  • key research skills in musicology
  • methodologies of advanced musical analysis

Our academic staff are internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers, and established composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music (for example, in film, TV and videogames), and jazz. These world-leading experts can offer you intensive one-to-one tuition in music history, culture and performance.

We offer a broad-based MMus programme with 4 specialist pathways:

On the Musicology pathway, you’ll work towards the final goal of a professional research project and dissertation. We’ll work with you to create a portfolio of work that’s relevant to your career aspirations. On completion of the course, you’ll be ready to:

  • continue your research at a doctoral level
  • work in the music industry or wider cultural sector
  • become a teacher
  • work as a freelance musician

You can mix your Musicology modules with topics from other MMus pathways to develop a wider range of skills and personalise the course to your interests.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader has research interests in jazz, East asia and the global history of music. Visit Dr Thomas Irvine’s staff profile to learn more about his work.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.

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