MA Music

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

There are five pathways in this flexible MA programme:

  • Composition
  • Medieval Music
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Russian Music.

The modules you take will vary according to your chosen pathway, but all include basic music training units, such as Research Skills for Musicians, specialised units specific to the pathway, and a large menu of optional units. These are followed by a major project: a musicological dissertation or edition for musicologists (including those on the Russian Music and Medieval Music pathways), a minor and a major recital for performers, and a portfolio of compositions for composers.

The content of this MA programme relates closely to the research interests of the academic staff.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

For further information on funding, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

All students take the Research Skills for Musicians unit (20 credits)

Optional units

Optional units can vary each year but may include:

  • Composition Pathway
    • Contemporary Compositional Ideas and Techniques (40 credits)
    • Introduction to Professional Composing (20 credits)
    • Two optional units (20 credits)
    • Portfolio of Compositions (60 credits)
  • Medieval Music Pathway
    • Readings in Musicology (40 credits)
    • Latin (20 credits)
    • Two optional units (20 credits each)
    • Dissertation or Edition (60 credits)
  • Musicology Pathway
    • Readings in Musicology (40 credits)
    • Source Study, Palaeography and Editorial Techniques (20 credits)
    • Two optional units (20 credits each)
    • Dissertation or Edition (60 credits)
  • Performance Pathway
    • Source Study, Palaeography and Editorial Techniques (20 credits)
    • Four optional units (20 credits each)
    • Performance (60 credits)
  • Russian Music Pathway
    • Readings in Musicology (40 credits)
    • Russian (20 credits)
    • Two optional units (20 credits each)
    • Dissertation or Edition (60 credits)

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) with suitable skills and experience in music. All applicants will be asked a series of subject-specific questions as part of the application. Applicants for the Composition or Performance pathways are required to submit a portfolio of work. For further information on the required portfolio please see the portfolio requirements. Non-traditional qualifications may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Students who completed the MA in Music have gone on to careers as musicians, senior music assistants, organ scholars and self-employed composers. A number of MA graduates have also become music teachers.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2017

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8458 Email:

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
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