A distinctive part of the Departments postgraduate provision in music, this programme is structured as a one year full-time, or two years part-time, Masters degree in which you take a research training module and select one optional module in preparation for a substantial dissertation (40,000 words) in musicology. It is designed to appeal to those who wish to pursue a more focused and developed research interest. It may also be viewed as a fast track to registration for the PhD programme.
You will gain from complementary and integrated learning experiences, benefiting from seminar or class teaching in a specialist area of musicology, research training in seminars attended by postgraduate students working in a range of artistic fields, as well as one-to-one supervision with an academic who supports and guides the research for the dissertation. The programme therefore offers the flexibility necessary for you to develop to the full your interests in the academic study of music.
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.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council offers a variety of studentships. Applications are usually made in the spring before a programme begins. Applicants should contact the Programme Director for information about University and departmental funding opportunities.