Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Musicology (Taught)

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Course summary

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Master's degree in Musicology gives you the unique opportunity to pursue your own research project within a lively and exciting conservatoire environment – the only conservatoire-based course of its kind in the UK. The course focuses on developing your research skills and your expertise within a chosen area of musicology. We welcome applicants considering research in any area of musicology, and we also encourage opportunities to develop complementary skills and/or knowledge outside of your specialism. Musicology is the study of music, so your degree can be a research based Master's but it can also have practical elements – we try to make the course as flexible as possible. The course is aimed at students that may have studied music at undergraduate level and want to do a postgraduate qualification that isn’t focused on performance, and that want to benefit from the unique creative environment and opportunities for collaboration that a conservatoire provides. At Royal Birmingham Conservatoire we provide you with a choice of Professional Development options (shared across our postgraduate programmes) alongside your musicological work to give you the opportunity to develop and/or expand your interests across range of complementary areas. The Conservatoire team — which comprises a large number of research-active staff — has a vast array of expertise, allowing us to supervise a wide range of projects, and we are particularly keen to attract those interested in pursuing Masters-level research in our specialist areas. Please note we consider applications throughout the year for this course, it does not close for applications in October.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Musicology

How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

UK students: Normally a 2:1 honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music. Non-UK students: A Bachelor's Degree or a similar degree-equivalent Diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music IELTS 7 This is in addition to the requirement that international students must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent in all four skills areas to secure a visa.

Additional entry requirements


Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Royal Birmingham ConservatoireNo fee charged
Virtual AuditionNo fee charged

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Royal Birmingham ConservatoireNo fee charged
Virtual AuditionNo fee charged

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3900 Year 1
England £3900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3900 Year 1
Scotland £3900 Year 1
International £6600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU - Equivalent or lower qualifications fees £4,620 Students studying Equivalent or Lower Qualification in higher education are assessed to see whether they are looking to study at the same level to a qualification they already hold or at a lower level to a qualification they already hold. Students categorised as studying for an ELQ at the Birmingham Conservatoire will be charged a tuition fee rate that is higher than the standard published rates. This is because in 2008 the government announced that it would no longer provide funding to support universities teaching students who were classed as ELQ status
Musicology at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS