2020 start


Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

By studying music across the globe, ethnomusicologists seek to understand what music is, and the role it plays in human interactions and experiences.

Course description

Ethnomusicology is the study of music’s relationships to the social and cultural contexts in which it occurs, seeking to understand what music is, and the role it plays in human interactions and experiences.

Our specialisms are unusually diverse, including: the music of Korea, folk music, dance and song of England and of the British Isles, and North Indian classical music.

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Core modules

  • Research Techniques
  • Interdisciplinary Music Studies
  • Seminar in Ethnomusicology
  • Performing World Music
  • Ethnomusicology Dissertation/Folio

Further information on department website

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Critical Musicology
  • Topics in Music Psychology
  • Qualitative Data Collection
  • Strategic Planning for Music Business Clients
  • Staging Music in Theory and Practice
  • Communicating about music and music research
  • Collaborative Project (Composition MA)


  • Seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Lectures

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Assessment takes a variety of forms such as reports and essays. They are usually individual assessments, even if they concern the processes and outcomes of group work.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

The course gave me the direction I needed to successfully explore the cultures and traditions I was interested in.

Rebecca Reedman
MA Ethnomusicology

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component. 

Degrees in other related subjects may be acceptable depending on your background.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

University and faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April. You can also apply for a small grant to support your postgraduate research project.

Funding information on the Department of Music website

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.