The one-year MA in Music and Cultural History is an alternative to conventional postgraduate courses in musicology, and it draws on the diverse expertise of internationally renowned scholars to combine the very best of traditional and contemporary scholarly practice.
During the course you will be presented with the opportunity to acquire and develop core musicological skills, including research techniques and the critical editing of music. You will also be introduced to some of the most exciting developments in recent music scholarship, including:
explorations of politics
gender and sexuality in music
the interaction of music with other media, and
the new links being formed between musicology and other disciplines such as film studies, cultural studies and philosophy.
Each of the modules in Part A runs for twelve weeks (either September to December or January to March) and consists of three weekly hours of seminars as well as an additional hour of self-directed study.
You will also be encouraged to form peer-learning groups and you will be provided with study facilities for these groups.
The average weekly commitment is approximately 10 hours of formal instruction, but you will also spend time in individual preparation, reading, study and research.
You will be required to attend selected live performances and screenings, and to engage with live streams and other mediatised forms of performance.
The dissertation (approximately 12,000 words) is submitted in September.