University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Music with Integrated Pre-Masters

This course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for one of our one year MA courses in Music. On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MA Music The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development. The pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge and skills. In particular you will develop knowledge of a range of musical styles of various historical periods and cultures. During the pre-Masters year, depending on the optional modules you take, you will gain knowledge in the area of musicology, performance or composition. One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence.

Entry requirements

These two-year programmes are suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the one year masters courses in the field of Music.

Course modules

Modules include: Techniques of harmony and counterpoint. Optional modules including: baroque and classical music; romantic and 20th-century music; medieval and renaissance music; popular and world musics; critical musicology; and music analysis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time including foundation year £ 14,550 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Full-time including foundation year £ 6,210 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005