Postgraduate taught degrees

The University of Glasgow hosts Scotland’s leading centre for music research.

Based in the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, our world-class expertise includes specialist knowledge in historical and cultural musicology, popular music and the music industries, performance and performance studies, composition, sound design, audiovisual practices and music technology.

Our range of programmes are designed for those seeking a career in the music industry or the arts and cultural sector, and for those interested in the links between music and contemporary culture, history, creativity and the digital world.

By studying with us, you will benefit from work placement opportunities within Glasgow’s legendary music scene, learn from award-winning professional musicians and scholars, and be able to pursue your musical interests through researching, performing, composing and exploring new technologies.

Postgraduate taught programmes

Our range of programmes are driven by a strong research and professional development ethos.

Research opportunities

We offer the following research study options: PhD, MPhil, MRes.

We welcome research in the following areas:

  • Composition, including experimental music and intercultural aspects of composition
  • Historical and cultural musicology, including cross-disciplinary approaches to music analysis and criticism, music in popular culture, music and politics, and music and modernism
  • Sonic arts and audiovisual practice, including live electronics, spatial composition, and audiovisual composition and aesthetics
  • Performance, including historically informed performance and contemporary music practices.

You may want to identify and contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal before you apply.