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A key part of the School is the study of modern languages, including Arabic, French, German, Spanish and other Hispanic languages, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian. We are also home to one of the UK’s largest groups of internationally renowned researchers in the national cultures of Europe - past and present.
The School incorporates the Department of History of Art, which is located in the renowned Barber Institute of Fine Arts. This houses the Barber Institute gallery - an excellent and representative collection of post-medieval European art that is a valuable and convenient teaching resource for all members to use on a regular basis.
The School also includes the Department of Music, one of the largest music departments in the country, with a history stretching back to 1905. Its research community includes internationally recognised scholars, composers and performers.
The department is situated in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, with its concert hall used for teaching, rehearsal and performance.
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Interpreting is a highly-skilled profession, requiring academic training as well as extensive practice in relevant settings. Read more
Are you fascinated by visual culture and history relating to a specific artist, period or movement? Do you want to learn about the methods of art history and how to apply them to particular historical problems? This programme provides you with the opportunity to choose from a range of subject areas and historical periods in History of Art. Read more
Immerse yourself in the History of Art by completing your own independent research project within one of the best resourced Departments of History of Art in Britain, while undertaking essential training to support your project. Read more
By pursuing research in History of Art at Birmingham, you will joining a vibrant and dynamic research community thanks to the Department’s broad range of expertise, from medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, to contemporary global art. Read more
Are you a relatively experienced conductor with a burning passion to make conducting your livelihood? Our unique MA programme in Choral Conducting is directed by Professor Simon Halsey CBE and is in association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its internationally renowned choruses and conductors. Read more
The Electroacoustic Composition/Sonic Art pathway invites you to help map out the next steps in Birmingham’s thirty year history as a world leader in the area of electroacoustic music composition and presentation. Read more
This programme builds on one of the department’s newest areas for research and teaching.It focuses on popular music in global, diasporic, transnational, and linguistically diverse forms, reflecting emerging trends in popular music scholarship. Read more
Find your own voice and individual path through the myriad of possibilities open to you on the Instrumental/Vocal Composition MA programme at Birmingham. Read more
Music as a creative art form in the 21st century can combine both tradition and innovation, bringing together instruments (some new, some with centuries of history) and the latest in high technology. Read more
The Musicology pathway aims to equip you with core historical and analytical skills as well as enabling you to operate in a field that is broadly interdisciplinary. Read more
Music as a discipline is more diverse than ever, and musicians and scholars in the 21st century must be prepared to navigate amongst numerous streams of practice and research. Read more
Music as a discipline is more diverse than ever, and musicians and scholars in the twenty first century must be prepared to navigate amongst numerous streams of practice and research. Read more
The MA Music. Performance Pathway prepares students for careers as performers and educators, with an emphasis on advanced technique and stage performance. Read more