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.
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.
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. .
For more information on postgraduate studies in musicology contact Dr. Thomas Pooley, programme coordinator for musicology: firstname.lastname@example.org.