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Course content

The MPhil in Music Studies is a 12-month freestanding programme offering advanced training in key areas of musical studies, while at the same time providing a preparation for doctoral research. Its main aims are to give students with relevant experience at first-degree level:

- critical awareness of issues and trends, informed by current research, across a broad spectrum of music studies
- the opportunity to acquire or develop research skills and expertise relevant to a specified area of music studies
- experience in carrying out focused research under close supervision.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/mumumpmst

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired or further developed:

- knowledge of and the ability to critically evaluate research techniques and methods relevant to a specialist area of music studies
- familiarity with current debates across a broad range of music studies
- a range of research skills relevant to music studies, together with skills appropriate to their specific research interests
- the ability to utilise established techniques of enquiry in the context of original research.


Teaching consists of lectures and/or seminars, together with supervisions, self-directed study and (where relevant) practical instrumental/vocal tuition and composition workshops. Students are also expected to participate in the research culture of the Faculty, in particular by attending its programme of research colloquia.

Written feedback is provided for all assessed work. Oral feedback is provided for seminar and class presentations.


- 55% (Standard Project) or 70% (Extended Project). Those taking performance or composition options substitute either a recital or compositions respectively.
- 45% (Standard Project) or 30% (Extended Project).
- Practical assessment for those taking the recital option.


Students wishing to continue to the PhD In Music degree must pass the MPhil in Music Studies with at least a high pass of 70%.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Music Studies page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!





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