The Masters provides a grounding in the development of popular music research as a subfield of musicology, and encourages critical thinking about:
musical texts, artefacts and ecologies audiences, reception and questions of interpretation creativity, industries and production repertoires broad in historical range and geographical scope The course addresses contemporary issues of significance to academics, musicians, industries and organisations involved with popular music.
You'll develop research skills, critical thinking and rigorous methodological expertise with a range of applications both within the academy (at doctoral level) and outside (in music related industries, marketing, arts management, museums and archives, the sciences).
Although a knowledge of and passion for popular music is vital, it is not essential that your first degree is in music or popular music.
We welcome applicants from a wide range of disciplines: the course is designed to be of benefit not only to those wishing to continue their research at doctoral level, but also those wishing to reflect on their experiences as musicians, listeners, or media and arts industry professionals.
MA in Music student wins the 2015 Andrew Goodwin postgraduate essay prize: Ben Assiter, a student on the MA in Music (Popular Music Research) was awarded the prize by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music for an essay written as part of his coursework. Read his award-winning essay here.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Keith Negus
Modules & Structure
Core module: Critical Musicology and Popular Music- 30 credits
Option modules: Popular Music: Listening, Analysis and Interpretation- 30 credits Contemporary Ethnomusicology- 30 credits Ethnographic Film and Music Research- 30 credits Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates- 30 credits Performance as Research- 30 credits Philosophies of Music- 30 credits Interpretation, Meaning and Performance- 30 credits Working with Original Musical Documents- 30 credits
Dissertation: MA in Music Dissertation- 60 credits