Department of Music

Music postgraduate degrees (MA)

Why study an MA at Nottingham?

We offer a wide spectrum of musical activity in both academic and practical spheres. Our research strengths lie in four broad, overlapping areas: music, space and place; music—text—image; musical creativity and community; music, politics and identity.

Our masters course has recently been enhanced to create one of the most flexible, contemporary and distinctive music courses in the UK.

Professional Development


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


View our masters courses in the postgraduate online prospectus

Music MA (by Research)

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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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The University of Nottingham
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