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The Musicology Masters at Glasgow presents a broad, multi-dimensional approach to Music as a key component of numerous contemporary cultural practices. Building on a thorough grounding in the methodological roots, you’ll be able to specialise in professional fields such as Sound and Music for Screen Media, Historically Informed Performance Practice, Popular Music Studies, Sonic Arts, and Creative Practice Research. A team of world-leading researchers collaborate to provide an up-to-date, interdisciplinary exploration of historiographical, analytical, sociological, and critical approaches, opening opportunities for reflection on a broad range of musical traditions, performing styles and recording media.

Why this programme

  • As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is a unique centre of creative activity, from legendary music venues to classical orchestras and ensembles (e.g. Scottish Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra). Several of these ensembles contribute to our courses.
  • You’ll be taught by a highly diverse team of academics who collaborate closely across their distinct specialisms (i.e. History, Composition, Sonic Arts, Performance) in order to offer the most multi-dimensional critical approach to music in all its forms.
  • The School of Culture and Creative Arts, which also features world-leading research and practice in Film and TV Studies, Theatre Studies and History of Art, actively encourages interdisciplinary work, and offers numerous opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The School is also home to the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, known for world-leading research in creative industries and cultural policy.
  • Our facilities include a Concert Hall, three studios, an audio lab and several practice rooms. We have an excellent collection of modern and historical keyboard instruments including two Steinway Model D grand pianos, an 1840s Broadwood grand piano, a Classical forte-piano, and two harpsichords. Other instruments include a selection of percussion instruments, a consort of viols, Baroque strings, recorders, crumhorns and other wind instruments.
  • The Musicology programme offers you the chance to undertake a work placement in a musical, cultural or arts organisation.

Programme structure

You’ll take:

  • Three core courses
  • Three optional courses

You’ll also write a dissertation and have the chance to take a work placement in a music or arts organisation.

Semester 1: September to December

  • Research Skills and Digital Musicology
  • Introduction to Musicology
  • Optional course

Semester 2: January to March

  • Current Issues in Musicology 
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Summer: April to September

Dissertation

Find out more about core and optional courses.

Part-time students: programme structure

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This programme prepares students for careers in the music and creative industries as well as related fields, such as media and broadcasting. Additionally, this programme provides the necessary foundation for pursuing further research in musicology in the form of a PhD.


Visit the Musicology (MMus) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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