University of Birmingham
Key Course Facts
Carry out your postgraduate research in one of the most dynamic institutions in Britain, with supervision from world-leading academics and access to outstanding facilities in our Bramall Music Building.
Our staff include composers, performers and scholars with research expertise that covers popular music, electronic music, Western Art Music (Medieval, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st Century), music analysis, music psychology, critical theory, British music, ethnomusicology, and sound studies.
We offer two postgraduate research-only programmes, whether you are looking to complete your academic studies with a PhD or pursue your research at Masters level. Find out more about what to expect from a PhD and MA by Research.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Graduate Degrees
- (no subscore less than 6.0)
- Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Musicology, MA (Res), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK, usually in a relevant area.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of University of Birmingham in top UK and global rankings.
About University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a research university based in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. The university’s aim is to be at the cutting edge of educational delivery, and to have their curriculum be continually reshaped by new revelations in research. The main campus is situated a reasonable three miles away from Birmingham city centre, which doesn’t take long to get to via bus if the student decides they’d like to spend some of their free time there.
Student composition of University of Birmingham
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Music/Politics MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||83%||0%||1%||£27750||£70480||191||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Mathematics/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||72%||0%||0%||£27750||£70480||202||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Audio and Music Technology MSc||The University of York||81%||0%||10%||£9730||£23300||136||York||On campus Full-time|
|Music/Theology & Religious Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||83%||0%||5%||£27750||£70480||187||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Music/Philosophy MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||75%||0%||1%||£27750||£70480||189||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Latin/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||96%||5%||0%||£27750||£70480||186||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Economics/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||85%||0%||0%||£27750||£70480||193||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|History of Art and History of Music MA (Hons)||The University of Edinburgh||75%||3%||2%||£9250||£23100||171||Edinburgh||On campus Full-time|
|Economic & Social History/Music MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||77%||3%||2%||£27750||£70480||185||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Music/Theatre Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||82%||5%||0%||£27750||£70480||180||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|