A broad approach to musical scholarship, combining traditional musicology with contemporary developments in popular music and music sociology.
Reid School of Music
Music at the University of Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history, combining tradition with innovation, and theory with practice. We have a broad view of music, not confined to one kind of musical genre or tradition but engaging with classical and popular music, Western and non-Western music, professional and amateur music making.
We think of music as a performing art, a creative art, a subject of scholarly and scientific study, a site of technological innovation, and a practice with implications for many aspects of human life.
Situated in the heart of the old city of Edinburgh, Music enjoys the resources of two extraordinary historic concert halls, unique collections of historic musical instruments and a world-class music library, as well as well equipped audio studios and IT facilities.
Our teaching and practice spaces facilitate small group and individual teaching, both of which are still important facets of our teaching environment. Learning and teaching is a mix of one-to-one tutorials, small group seminars, lectures and class projects. Our regular seminar series give opportunities to hear and discuss current ideas from leading local and international researchers and from a range of practising musicians.
We are part of the creative environment of Edinburgh College of Art, as well as being linked to intellectual strands across the university. We are also strongly engaged with the local community, through our Music in the Community programme and its public events in the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Museums of Scotland.
There is a lively musical life across all areas and genres of music. We expect our students to develop a thoughtful and creative response to music, through intellectual curiosity and practical engagement, in pursuit of their own musical vision.
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Develop expertise in multiple forms of musical knowledge. This programme treats classical, popular and non-Western music as equally important.
You will become part of a community of researchers and creative musicians with a broad view of the nature and scope of music.
If you are a performing musician with a desire to develop your intellectual and creative potential, this is the degree for you.
Develop your range as a sound designer and gain the confidence to cope in any audio-related environment.
A choice of three postgraduate programmes for undertaking independent research in music.
An opportunity for candidates to pursue practice-led research in the field of music at the highest level.
Take your art beyond what the profession will allow, and advance your craft with research.
Students are expected to develop an understanding of the cultural context of their work.
The only masters-level course in Europe for the study of musical instruments, with access to a University collection spanning 500 years.