University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Music Performance Practice

This programme allows performers of a proven ability to develop their work on historically-informed performances of western art music. The programmes are assessed by performance supported by written work which demonstrates a high level of ability in presenting, and reasoning from, historical evidence relating to performance practice.

Entry requirements

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for: for MRes and MA by research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2.1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK. If you are applying for a PhD then you will usually also need to hold a good Master's qualification.

Assessment methods

The MA by research is examined by: thesis of c.20,000 words; a performance not exceeding 45 minutes actual performance time (30-35 minutes for wind and brass players) which illustrates, at least in part, ideas raised in the thesis; a written programme note for, and detailed critical commentary on, the performance.
The PhD is examined in 2 stages. At the end of Year 2, you will give a live 'Minor Performance' of 30 minutes, together with a written programme note for, and critical commentary on, the performance. This performance is examined by two internal examiners and is followed immediately by a short viva focusing on issues of performance. You may be advised by the examiners not to proceed to the PhD in Performance Practice, but rather to transfer to a Musicology PhD.
At the end of Year 3, you will be examined by: a thesis of c.60,000 words; a 'Major' performance of one hour's actual performance time (40-50 minutes for wind and brass players); a written programme note for, and detailed critical commentary on, the performance.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,030 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 15,030 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,030 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 15,030 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,110 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,055 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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