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Our Music MLitt enables you to develop a flexible individual research programme in classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music, applying approaches of interest to you (eg historiographic, theoretical, cultural, critical), under the supervision of specialists who are leaders in their field.

This programme is primarily aimed at students who want to pursue independent musicological research, and who like the idea of first working on shorter research assignments (which can be on related or separate topics), before embarking on an extended final dissertation.

It provides an excellent foundation for continuing on to doctoral study. It is also a valuable qualification in its own right and can add a further dimension to your undergraduate degree, in a 3+1 model.

The MLitt is a modular research programme, which means that it is made up of discrete areas of study:
-Music research training (20 credits)
-Research assignments (80 credits)
-Dissertation (80 credits)

The research assignments are one of the programme’s distinctive features. They allow you to propose and research two or three separate projects (weighted at 40+40, or 20+20+40 credits), which may be connected or on discrete topics, and which lay the ground for your final dissertation. These are completed at the end of April (in year two for part time students) leaving the rest of the programme devoted to your dissertation.


The course is delivered on the Newcastle campus (with options – under certain circumstances – for study abroad). All students are required to complete the Music Research Training module during their first two semesters of study and beyond this, study is based on one to one tutorials with supervisors appropriate to your research assignments or dissertation.

The subjects of your Research Assignments and final dissertation require a formal proposal and approval; if these are practicable and within our areas of expertise, these can all be on a topic of your own choosing.

The MLitt is designed primarily with scholarly types of research in mind, but can also accommodate some practical components where appropriate, for example performance in the context of performance practice research.


We have outstanding specialist music facilities, including our £4.5m purpose built Music Studios, designed with performance, multimedia and studio-based work in mind.

Additional facilities include:
-Two professional grade recording studios
-A large student common room, including a work area with PCs featuring specialist music software
-A range of recently refurbished rehearsal spaces
-A full range of recently refurbished teaching facilities, including a 100-seat lecture theatre, two 50 seat lecture theatres and three 25-seater seminar rooms
-12 practice rooms with integrated recording facilities
-A dedicated postgraduate workspace
-A project room equipped with 5.1 mixing system

The University Library also has extensive music collections (including a number of important manuscript and microfilm collections), subscribes to many specialist Music journals, has access to a significant body of online resources, and is widely recognised for the supportive service it offers students and staff.

Visit the Music - MLitt page on the Newcastle University website for more details!




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