Course Comparison

MA Music PhD Music
Master of Arts - MA Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
1 year Full time: 3-4 years Part time: 4-6 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time, Part-time route available
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Art, Design and Architecture
Entry requirements
A 2:1 degree in a music-related subject or equivalent is desirable. Graduates from other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.Accreditation of Prior Learning will be considered, where appropriate, on a case-by-case basis and in line with the University’s academic regulations.
English language requirements.We welcome applicants with international qualifications. 
To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
Although candidates are expected to be conversant with music theory and/or practice and demonstrable experience on the topic of the envisaged research project, they are not required to have a music degree to join this programme. Applicants are expected to have completed a masters level qualification to a high standard as well as either a good 2:1 or first class honours undergraduate degree.If you do not have a masters level qualification, we recommend you consider applying for our ResM Computer Music. Students who are making exceptional progress in a ResM programme, may progress directly into our PhD programme without having to complete the masters.
If English is not your first language, you must have proficiency in written and spoken English (normally a minimum test score of 6.5 for IELTS, or equivalent). Given the nature of the programme, you’ll be expected to read and engage with complex theoretical texts and debates for which fluency in English is essential.
For more general guidelines and application requirements, please visit the @research degrees applicants page.