Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Apply the best practices of local, national and international standards in their professional performance in their chosen specialisation;
  • Pursue an informed program of independent further study in their chosen area of specialisation in music;
  • Provide leadership in the profession in their chosen area of specialisation in music;
  • Use current technologies and assimilate the potential of emerging technologies to facilitate and heighten the dissemination of skills, knowledge and information;
  • Value and participate in projects requiring team-work.

On completion of the Musicology or Ethnomusicology stream, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research in music;
  • Present their research in publishable form or work towards incorporating their findings in further research;
  • Proceed to the PhD if their MMus thesis has demonstrated appropriate research potential;
  • Apply the experience gained in their training to the practical needs of society as appropriate.

Course Description

The Master of Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology) is a research degree in which students undertake research in Musicology or Ethnomusicology.

Musicology and Ethnomusicology candidates undertake a research project and prepare a thesis which may be presented as:

  • A study of approximately 30,000-40,000 words embodying the results of significant research


  • A transcription and edition of a substantial body of music together with a critical study of between 10,000-20,000 words on the music edited.


  • A minor thesis of 20,000-25,000 words and 3 elective subjects.

Candidates also participate in the weekly Postgraduate Seminar.

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