Oxford Brookes University


This course offers advanced training in either musicology or composition. The modular structure allows students to pursue a broad generalist programme or to specialise in a particular area of their choice. Within the field of musicology, students can slant their studies towards one or several of the following areas: music in 19th century culture, opera studies, popular music studies or film music. The composition pathway, meanwhile, provides a practice-based contemporary composition curriculum that encourages students to push the boundaries of their practice and thinking, develop an understanding of creative agency and develop a voice as an engaged and creative composer.

Entry requirements

For UK students, a good Honours degree at 2.1 or above (not necessarily in music). For EU/international students, a qualification equivalent to a good Honours degree. However, applicants with equivalent professional or personal experience may also be considered. If English is not the applicant�s 1st language IELTS 6.0-7.0 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking is required.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: (30 credits) research skills and applied research; professional experience; (60 credits) dissertation / major project. Optional modules: (30 credits) composition pathway; approaches to experimental composition and sound arts; electroacoustic and live electronic composition; musicology pathway; advanced musicology 1: 19th-century music studies; advanced musicology 1: film music studies; advanced musicology 2: popular music studies; advanced musicology 2: opera studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, student presentations, literature reviews, concert or gig reviews, professional projects arising from work placements, dissertations, and compositions using scores, recordings, software patches or live electronics, performances and installations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,310 per Whole course (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,870 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 2,710 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

Key information

School of Arts
Telephone number: 
01865 484959