Masters degrees in Musicology offer advanced study of different forms of musical art, their methods and their functions within society.
Taught MA and MMus degrees are typical for the field, though research-based MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Music or Art History.
Why study a Masters in Musicology?
Focussing more on music in an academic than a vocational sense, a Masters in Musicology encourages you to explore the sociocultural and sociohistorical contexts surrounding musical art forms.
Specialisations include Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Cognitive Musicology and Systematic Musicology. You therefore have the opportunity to study a range of genres from multiple cultures globally, across different historical periods.
Musicology may be applied to many industries due to its multidisciplinary nature. This might include music teaching or even music therapy. A good understanding of Musicology is also valuable to industries such as Film and TV, as well as the arts including Theatre and Performance.
Other careers may include further research, for which a Masters in Musicology provides a suitable step towards PhD study.