Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

MA in Musicology


School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Palace Green

Durham, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Musicology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Music in Durham is one of the leading centres for the study of music in Britain, part of a long-established collegiate university and situated in an unparalleled setting adjacent to the famous Cathedral. It combines the rigour of a traditional musical training with an involvement in contemporary critical discourses about music and its cultural context. The high quality and standards of our music degrees were confirmed by the Quality Assurance Agency (the University equivalent of OFSTED) in March 2004 as part of a major audit of the University’s teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Musicology students are required to take two core modules (Research Methods and Resources and New Orientations in Theory and Musicology), complete a dissertation and choose a further elective module.


This Department has an international reputation and a wide range of research strengths, including modern and historical ethnomusicology; historical musicology (late medieval music, Haydn and Beethoven studies, British and Irish music of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries); analysis and semiotics of music; Adorno, critical theory and aesthetics (especially German and British music aesthetics from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries); sociology of music; popular music and theories of mass culture; composition; electroacoustic music and music technology.

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