Postgraduate taught 

Musicology MMus

Core and optional courses

Core and optional courses

Core courses

Introduction to Musicology (Semester 1)

The course introduces students to the history of the discipline, from its nineteenth-century roots through the most current debates. Students will evaluate different methods and approaches in the field and its various sub-disciplines in preparation for writing a metacritical essay on a scholarly problem or approach of their own choosing.

Research Skills and Digital Musicology (Semester 1)

The course introduces students to current research methods in musicology, including (for example) the use of modern bibliographical tools, archival research, sketch studies and genetic criticism, and empirical methods. It will also feature recent presentation techniques including those associated with digital humanities and digital musicology.

Current Issues in Musicology (Semester 2)

The course deepens students' understanding of selected current fields of particularly pressing professional interest, allowing them to intervene directly in influential dialogues unfolding within different sub-fields.

Optional courses

You’ll take three courses in addition to the three above. These could include:

  • Historically Informed Performance Practice
  • Introduction to Popular Music
  • Sonic Arts Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Music, Sound and Screen

You can also take options from the Honours courses in Music, and from other subjects in the School of Cultural and Creative Arts, such as:

  • Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (Centre for Cultural Policy Research)
  • Festivals (Film and Television Studies)
  • Making Time: performing and thinking temporalities in the creative arts (History of Art)

Please note the availability of a particular course depends on student numbers, regular programme rotations, and patterns of staff leave. Not all courses will be available every year.


You’ll develop an independent piece of academic writing (12-15,000 words) in musicology under the supervision of a member of staff.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.