Department of Music

MA in Music (by Research)

Our new MA in Music (by Research) is a unique course with flexible study pathways in:

  • Performance
  • Composition (acoustic or digital)
  • Music Technology
  • Musicology.

The course may be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years, and culminates in a major project such as a:

  • composition or recording portfolio
  • performance recital
  • dissertation.

It provides advanced skills as well as preparation for those intending to proceed to our PhD programmes in musical performance, composition, and musicology. 

See the prospectus for full course details.



As one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, a degree from the University of Nottingham is recognised worldwide as a prestigious qualification, enhancing your career opportunities.



Teaching and learning

As well as the taught course programme of lectures and seminars, masters students are required to undertake individual research.

This requires significant amounts of independent study, supported by tutorial and feedback sessions.

In addition there are many opportunities for students to gain practical experience and skills such as organising and/or participating in workshops and conferences, and music performances.

Music students are also invited to undertake up to two professional development modules which allow you to apply your specialist masters training in a careers context.

Learn a language alongside your masters degree


Sarah Nussbaum talks about how she stayed on from undergraduate through to postgraduate study.

Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for postgraduate students both in terms of formal teaching and personal study space.

Specialist music facilities include:

  • on-site music library (including listening booths)
  • dedicated postgraduate study room with plentiful desk and shelving space
  • large collection of sound recordings (and a video and DVD archive)
  • PC computer room
  • iMac suite
  • recording studio
  • teaching and practice rooms
  • lecture theatre
  • orchestral-size Rehearsal Hall
  • Djanogly Recital Hall, where professional and student concerts are presented throughout the year
  • varied collection of orchestral and early instruments.

Masters students are also encouraged to participate in the department’s Centre for Music on Stage and Screen activities.

Elsewhere on University Park Campus music students have access to the Graduate School, Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre, and the Digital Humanities Centre for computer-based research.

Musical life extends beyond the campus to Nottingham City which is acknowledged as one of the UK's music capitals owing to its thriving live music scene with international standard and intimate performance venues.


Dr Sarah Hibberd discusses how the Djanogly Recital Hall serves as a flexible space to be used for teaching and learning, and research.

Funding for masters students

The University is committed to making study at Nottingham both accessible and affordable.

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.

However, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the start date.

Funding opportunities for postgraduate music students


Professional development modules

Designed to help you apply your specialist masters training in a careers context. They provide you with the professional skills to enhance your employability in a range of possible areas and may also be a useful foundation for a PhD project and an academic career.

Professional Development

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Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Nottingham delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

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Nottingham offers a range of opportunities to transform your subject specialisms into practical skills, and gain valuable experience sought by employers.

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Nottingham provides a wealth of on-campus and off-campus musical opportunities, plus a host of other activities to enhance your student experience.

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Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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