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Departmental qualification information:

FAQs about the undergraduate modules (DOC)



Undergraduate Studies

If you want to be a professional musician, composer, producer, musicologist (music researcher), critic or music educator, then you could do no better than register for the BMus degree. There is no practical component to this degree because the focus is on harmony and counterpoint, composition, music technology, music history, music theory and analysis, music in/as culture, and music entrepreneurship.

Entrance Requirements: The BMus is intended as a specialized professional degree. In order to enroll for it you will need a minimum of Grade 5 Theory (Unisa) or equivalent – usually Grade 6 Trinity College or ABRSM. If you think you have achieved this level in ‘music theory’ but do not have a formal certificate, you may apply to do a test in our department. Although we do not stipulate a minimum level in practical music, we suggest that you ought to at Grade 7 or Grade 8 level by the time you begin your studies in Musicology.

You may register for Music in History and Society as a major in your BA degree, or choose only first-level (or first and second-level) modules if you don’t want to major in it. If you have some technical knowledge of music you could also register for first and second-level modules in Composition Studies. You may not major in Composition studies for a BA degree. If you are studying for a BA or other Bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences we suggest you try ‘Introducing music studies’ (MHS1501) and ‘Exploring world musics’ (MHS1502) to start with. These will lay the foundation for second and third-level studies in musicology – you should ideally not study any later modules without the foundation of these two first-level modules.

Postgraduate 2016

At postgraduate level you may study for the Bachelor of Musicology Honours degree, the MA and MMus, and the DLitt et. Phil in Musicology.

The Bachelor of Musicology Honours degree focuses on training in research methods, theory and history of music. It provides students the fundamental tools for advanced studies in music, including Masters and Doctoral research.

The Masters and Doctoral degrees are research-based. Students work closely with one or more supervisors on a given topic, and with the full support of the Department’s Higher Degrees Committee. Postgraduate seminars and conferences are regular activities on the Department’s calendar. All Masters and Doctoral Students must register for the Research Proposal Module (1 year). On completion of this module they will be assigned a supervisor and may then proceed with their research. Composers may submit a portfolio of compositions to which their research topic must speak. Information of processes are available from the Study section of this website. Funding is available for students pursuing research toward Masters and Doctoral degrees.

Application and Admission dates for NEW Higher Degrees applicants can be found here:

For more information on postgraduate studies in musicology contact Dr. Thomas Pooley, programme coordinator for musicology: