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Music (MScR)

Course Description

Research profile

If you are interested in undertaking a small independent research project in music, the one-year MSc by Research is ideal. This programme is offered in any of the areas in which members of our music staff are able to supervise.

In consultation with your supervisor you will develop an individual programme of coursework and research training over the two semesters. You will submit a dissertation, or portfolio of projects equivalent to 30,000 words.

Should you wish to undertake a large piece of independent research in music we have a wealth of opportunities. Candidates are normally admitted as probationary students for the first year of study and on satisfactory completion of this first year are approved for registration for MPhil or PhD. You will submit a dissertation of 60,000 words for the MPhil, or 80,000–100,000 words for the PhD. You may also submit an edition of work, or works, with a shorter commentary. Staff have a wide range of research interests, and you may propose projects in any area for consideration.

Members of staff engage in research at an international level in:

Composition (including Electroacoustic Composition, Algorithmic Composition, and Computer Music)
Film Music
Music in the Community
Music Psychology
Music Technology
Performance Practice
Renaissance and Baroque Music
19th and 20th century Music
Popular Music and Music Sociology

Interdisciplinary research can also be supervised in the following areas:

Acoustics of Musical Instruments
Musical Informatics
Music and Architecture
Music Education

The principal centres of research activity are:

Institute for Music in Human and Social Development
Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments
Music Informatics Research Group
Musical Acoustics
Music in the Community

Training and support

All of our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary approach and all are assigned two research supervisors. Your second supervisor may be from another discipline within ECA, or from somewhere else within the College of Humanities & Social Science or elsewhere within the University, according to the expertise required. On occasion more than two supervisors will be assigned, particularly where the degree brings together multiple disciplines.

Visit the Music (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Any appropriate professional experience may also be considered.

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