What will I learn?

About the course

The MPhil is designed for students wishing to attain a thorough grounding in musicology at an advanced level, either as a preparation for doctoral research or an autonomous qualification. In the first year you follow the MSt in Music (Musicology), proceeding in the second year to individual supervision leading to the completion of a dissertation and written project.

The Master of Philosophy in Music (Musicology) introduces a broad range of current methodologies and approaches in music scholarship.


As the first year of this course is identical to the MSt in Music (Musicology), assessment will be through an essay or exercise in response to one of the core seminars at the end of Michaelmas term. A second essay responding to one of the elective seminars is submitted at the end of Hilary term. The final assessment is a bibliographic essay relating to the final submission, which will be either a dissertation in musicology or ethnomusicology or an editorial exercise (edition) in Trinity term.

In order to proceed into the second year of the MPhil, you will normally need to obtain an average of 65% for your first year work overall, and a mark of over 70 in your dissertation.

The second year is spent producing coursework, comprising both a project of 8,000 to 12,000 words (which could be an extended essay, analysis portfolio, ethnomusicological project, or critical edition) and a dissertation of between 22,000 and 25,000 words in musicology or ethnomusicology, or a substantial edition with prefatory matter of comparable length.

Graduate destinations

Doctoral research in music, other music-related or broadly cultural professions.

Which department am I in?

University of Oxford

Study options

Full Time (21 months)

Tuition fees
£27,460.00 (US$ 36,613) per year
Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2022


University of Oxford

University Offices,

Wellington Square,



OX1 2JD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications. an average mark of 67% or higher in an undergraduate degree with honours in music or related fields. However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.6 out of 4.0. However, most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.7. Applicants need to have an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 per component; TOEFL iBT score of 110 with a minimum component score of 22 in listening, 24 in reading, 24 in writing and 25 in speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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