People come from all over the world, and from a range of different backgrounds, to study Music in Edinburgh. Many have a first degree in Music, but some have degrees in other subjects. Some are involved in making music as performers, songwriters and composers, but many are not. Their musical interests, too, are varied. What unites our students is a desire to understand more about what music is, how it works, and why it is such a fundamental and significant part of human culture and in doing so, make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge in the chosen area of study.
Reid School of Music boasts a large and successful community of postgraduate research students. You will study with scholars, composers, and performers of international renown who are passionate about research. Our research programmes suit candidates who have a particular project and approach already in mind. We consider applications relating to any specialism which staff members have the expertise and capacity to supervise.
Our staff have a wide range of expertise and can supervise a variety of topics including musicology and music theory, including audio-visual media, musical and cultural history, musical analysis, musical instruments, philosophy, politics, popular music studies, and psychology. Please browse our profile pages to learn about the research specialisms and outputs of Music staff.