2020 start


Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Explore how music is created, disseminated and received. This course draws on a range of methodologies and disciplines.
Postgraduate student performing and composing

Course description

Engage with a range of specialist areas including Mozart, music of the classical period, Renaissance music, music and visual culture, eighteenth and nineteenth-century style, the concerto genre and the Broadway musical. You'll explore themes such as gender, musical philosophy and culture, the creative process, performance and reception, using a range of methodologies to understand how music is created, disseminated and received.

As well as musicological modules, you may take modules in other areas of the curriculum such as performance, music psychology and world music. Your main assessment will be in the form of an extended dissertation on a topic of your choice, for which you'll receive individual supervision throughout the academic year.


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Teaching is through seminars, reading group, graduate study days and individual tutorials.

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Assessment is through essays, short presentations and a dissertation.


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

I feel I have grown and developed as an academic during my MA at Sheffield. The support and encouragement from the staff is exceptional and I believe I am now more than equipped to move on to a PhD thanks to this course.

Ben Redmayne
MA Musicology

Entry requirements

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

Other qualifications 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

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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.