Musicologists study music in a range of musical forms, styles, genres and traditions. We examine why people like music, how it functions and why it is so important. Musicology is a lively area of activity at the MCM, where staff are actively engaged in research and regularly present work at national and international conferences along with our students.
At undergraduate level you can apply to major in Musicology from your second year of study, involving a variety of academic electives that lead to a written dissertation on a topic of your choosing. During your studies you develop knowledge and expertise that provide a basis for independent critical enquiry and research-based writing, as well as an ability and self-confidence to understand and present complex concepts. You can also undertake professional work experiencein the field.
Undergraduate students from other areas of the University can learn about musicology through breadth studies.
A wide range of research areas in musicology are encouraged in graduate studies. There are many opportunities for graduate students to do field work nationally and internationally and opportunities for graduates to tutor within the Conservatorium.