This programme is intended for those desiring a basic training in musicology or ethnomusicology and research techniques, and it makes an excellent preparation for doctoral work. You are given individual attention, and your programme of study is specifically tailored to meet your requirements. The main submission is a dissertation or a critical edition. The remainder of the programme consists of four course units.
Students concentrating on Musicology must complete the Research Skills module and Current Issues in Musicology; the former provides solid training in bibliographic methods, the latter introduces important topics and debates in the field. Students concentrating on ethnomusicology must complete Current Issues in Ethnomusicology and World Music Studies, and Ethnomusicology: Fieldwork and Ethnography which, again, explore the state of the field today and provide foundational training in fieldwork and methodology. Ethnomusicology students are also advised to take the Research Skills module.
Students then have free choice from: Core Study (independent project); Source Studies; Editorial Techniques; Historical or Contemporary Performance (subject to audition); Voice, Vocality and Interpretation; and Contemporary Music Studies. One module can be taken from another Subject within the School. Language training can also be taken for partial credit.
Recent dissertation topics have included: the quartets of Weinberg; the music and politics of Mari Boine; the reception of Robert Schumann's choral music in 19 th-century England; Henze's politics; the motets of Ginés Pérez; Shostakovich in Britain; the music of Cecil Coles; tonality in Nielsen; Beethoven's dance music; Beethoven's folk music; the impact of the valve on the orchestral trumpet writing of Wagner, Mahler and Richard Strauss; Mahler and Adorno; Nietzsche's musical aesthetics.
Full-time students take 2 modules per semester; part-time students take 1 module per semester.