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Our MMus in Music (Musicology) is distinctive in its range of musicological, compositional and performance-based elements.

You will benefit from our diverse research strengths, many ensemble performance opportunities and our expertise in a range of musical fields. These include contemporary music for the concert hall, popular music, film music, opera, acoustic, electronic and computer-generated music.

Academics within our Department of Music and graduates of this course are internationally recognised theorists and practitioners in a wide range of musical activity and areas of specialism.

What you will study

The Musicology pathway of our MMus in Music is designed with a flexible approach that reflects our team’s research expertise, our students’ own specialisations and the increasingly varied nature of the discipline.

Art and popular music are both catered for within the pathway, drawing on the expertise of staff across these areas.

You will take two compulsory research training modules followed by a combination of compulsory specialism-related modules and optional modules. You may then choose to undertake a dissertation.

This course will prepare you for a variety of careers, including in performance, composition, teaching and arts administration. This course is also ideal preparation for future research work at PhD level.

Short-course opportunities

We welcome applications from students who want to study one module from the masters course.


Our Department of Music’s work achieves wide international circulation, both through established scholarly channels and, distinctively, through broadcast media (such as BBC TV, Channel 4, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and National Public Radio in the USA). 

Our staff are much in demand for pre-concert talks at venues such as London’s South Bank and Barbican centres.

The research environment at Surrey is sustained by open discussion and debate, and through the regular airing of work-in-progress. Our work is strengthened by the ready input of our peers and research students at various stages allowing collective engagement to foster innovation.

Visit the Music: Musicology (MMus) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!




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