Musical Instruments are fascinating objects which relate to music, art, culture, technology and acoustics.
From the outset of this postgraduate programme, you will be immersed in a world-famous collection which spans some 500 years and includes many prized and unique items.
The programme is ideal for students who are fascinated by the technology and construction of musical instruments and how this relates to the music we play.
The skills you develop in observation and analysis will prepare you for a career in a range of music-related, and research-related, areas. You will also be able to use documents and pictures to help build up a detailed knowledge of the history of instruments and their musical uses.
Areas including historical, technical, social, musical and acoustical factors are examined for each of the main instrument groups – keyboard, wind, stringed and percussion.
Graduates of the course have held positions in museums all over the world, as well as in other fields requiring skills in detailed observation and research.
Join a vibrant creative community
The University of Edinburgh is unique in Europe in offering a degree in musical instrument research.
We benefit from working with world-leading musicians, musicologists, art historians and scientist who help us to understand instruments from a wide range of points of view.
The course is taught by the curators of the collection, so you will have hands-on access to one of the most important collections of musical instruments in the world under the guidance of experts in their field.