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MA Music (Musicology Pathway)

University of York

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Delve beneath the surface of music with this pathway, designed for students interested in the academic study of music.

The Musicology pathway of our MA Music programme combines music history with critical musicology, allowing you to deepen your knowledge of western art music in a critical and theoretically informed manner. By the time you graduate, you'll have the ability to evaluate complex ideas and to carry out independent research on musicological areas of interest. You will understand how your own work fits into the broader field of musicology and will have the capacity to contribute to that field.

You're encouraged to attend the weekly Research Seminar series where invited speakers, staff members and PhD students give presentations about their latest work, giving you the opportunity to meet other postgraduate researchers. The Department has a broad community of staff and students working in many different areas of music history and critical musicology.

Assessment and feedback

​You’ll produce Guided Submissions in the first section of your course and a larger Independent Submission towards the end. These will take the form of written essays and presentations. You'll also present a paper at a conference organised by MA students.

Careers and skills

By the end of the programme, you will have gained a deep understanding of representative areas of western art music history. You will have enhanced your writing and critical thinking skills, and will be able to communicate your knowledge effectively; skills that are sought after in a wide range of careers. Your research skills will also leave you well prepared for PhD study and beyond.

Career opportunities

  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Secondary school music teacher
  • Sound designer
  • University teacher
  • Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

  • University League Table

    18th

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching delivered by leading academics, integrated with award-winning employability programmes, equips students for the international labour market.
A diverse campus community of students from over 150 countries that offers a lifelong global alumni network.
Specialist international student support includes orientation, immigration advice, Language Skills Centres, and International Pathway College programmes.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 87 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    151 74%

    20th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    31st

    8
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.31 86%

    14th

    10

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