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About the course

There are five pathways in this flexible MA programme:

  • Composition
  • Medieval Music
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Russian Music

The units you take will vary according to your chosen pathway, but all include music training units, such as Research Skills for Musicians, specialised units specific to the pathway, and a large menu of optional units. These are followed by a major project: a dissertation or edition for musicologists (including those on the Russian Music and Medieval Music pathways), a minor and a major recital for performers, or a portfolio of compositions for composers.

Programme structure

There is one core unit, Research Skills for Musicians, which is common to all pathways and a number of other core and optional units depending which of the five pathways you are following. The content of this

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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in music, as well as suitable skills and experience in music. All applicants will be asked a series of subject-specific questions as part of the application. Applicants for the Composition or Performance pathways are required to submit a portfolio of work. For further information on the required portfolio please see the Department of Music website. Non-traditional qualifications may also be considered.



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279.jpg My decision to stay at Bristol for my PhD was influenced by my positive experience of the MA in British Music, both in terms of the quality of the course and the intellectual support of the staff.


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