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.
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.
This programme offers an intense introduction to methodologies and research techniques in musicology, covering both classical and popular music, autonomous works and functional music, for example for religious ceremonies or for the screen.
You’ll learn the methodologies and research techniques necessary to analyse specific source material and learn to address the more philosophical questions raised, such as those of history, canons and archival research, performance studies, fieldwork, semiotics, the body, race, diaspora, gender, sexuality and consumption.
Drawing on the very broad range of research at Edinburgh, it allows you to pursue, in greater depth, an area of special interest and/or to develop more specialised skills to further your career.
The programme is made up of six courses plus a 15,000-word dissertation.
Taught courses include: introduction to musicology; research methods; music, philosophy and politics, popular music and focused research into specific areas of music study.
Teaching is by a combination of staff- and student-led seminars, student presentations and field trips.
The programme is designed to help students become increasingly independent in their study while providing the necessary supervisory support.
The dissertation is written over the summer months on a supervised topic of your choice.
Graduates of this programme will be able to apply and devise innovative research methods, critically evaluate arguments and display a variety of transferable skills. They will also be equipped with the skills necessary to pursue higher research degrees.
On graduating, you will be equipped with the skills necessary to pursue a higher research degree, or take your knowledge into areas such as music teaching, music criticism and journalism, arts administration and curatorship, music librarianship etc.