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What will I learn?

Our postgraduate research programmes in Performance Practice are a unique opportunity for performers of proven ability to develop their work on historically-informed performances of western art music.

You will be assessed by performance supported by written work, which demonstrates a high level of ability in presenting, and reasoning from, historical evidence relating to performance practice.

The MA by Research in Performance Practice is examined by:

  • A thesis of c.20,000 words
  • A performance not exceeding 45 minutes actual performance time (30-35 minutes for wind and brass players) which illustrates, at least in part, ideas raised in the thesis
  • A written programme note for, and detailed critical commentary on, the performance

Employability

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
  • Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
  • Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
  • Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

Which department am I in?

Department of Music

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,810.00 (US$ 25,889) per year
The same fees apply to both campus-based and distance learning study. The distance learning programme fee also includes a fully-funded visit to campus for each full year of the programme.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022

Venue

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston,

Birmingham,

B15 2TT, England

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,810.00 (US$ 25,889) per year
The same fees apply to both campus-based and distance learning study. The distance learning programme fee also includes a fully-funded visit to campus for each full year of the programme.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need an honours degree from a recognised institution in the USA with a GPA of at least: 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:2 requirement; 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:1 requirement.

For international students

Students need to have a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree in Music or a related subject, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK. Students need to have an IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in every band; TOEFL IBT: 80 overall with a minimum of 19 in listening, 19 in reading, 21 in speaking and 19 in writing.

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of Birmingham

The university is known globally for its pioneering research – students benefit from trailblazing discoveries that impact international society.

  • One of the world’s top research-intensive universities
  • Based in Europe’s youngest city
  • 5 colleges offering hundreds of study options
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