Edinburgh has a vibrant and inspirational music and arts scene. It's home to the world’s largest arts festival, and a world-class orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and hosts performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and a wide range of inspiring bands and performers across all genres of music.
The University of Edinburgh has been ranked 11th in the world in the area of the Arts and Humanities, which includes the Reid School of Music at Edinburgh College of Art.
Our staff are world leaders in a wide range of areas spanning from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
We combine tradition and innovation. Our programme takes a very broad approach to music, placing traditional musicology side-by-side with newer developments in popular music and music sociology.
Within the flexible framework of the MMus in Musicology, there is considerable scope to tailor the programme to suit your own research interests.


The MMus in Musicology takes a very broad approach to musical scholarship, including cultural musicology, popular music, the sociology of music, music in film, and music analysis.

Edinburgh is an extraordinary place to study music. You will join a large postgraduate community and vibrant research culture within the Reid School of Music, home to a range of student orchestras and choirs and located in a capital city with a dynamic cultural scene.

The MMus in Musicology provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate work, and many of our students have gone on to work in academia.

Recent graduates have also established successful careers in performance, journalism, arts administration, music education, and librarianship.

Programme format

You will be introduced to a wide range of methodologies in musicology and will develop the critical skills needed to pursue your own research.

You will take four compulsory courses...

  • Introduction to Musicology
  • Research Methods
  • Making Sense of Popular Music
  • Music, Philosophy and Politics

... and will choose a further course from a selection of options across the University.

You will also develop your independent research skills: working under the supervision of a member of staff on an individual research project over the first two semesters; and writing a dissertation on a second topic of your choosing at the end of the programme.

Our teaching combines small-group seminars and individual supervision.

The weekly Research Seminar Series, at which international academics discuss their work, is an integral part of the programme, and students are also encouraged to participate in our regular popular music seminar.

You will be taught by leading academics with diverse research interests, including musical patronage in fifteenth and sixteenth century Rome, nineteenth century music theory, music and politics in the Cold War, opera, music and film, and popular music.

Potential new programme survey

We would like to hear your views on a potential new Masters in Music and Music Pedagogy. Our survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will help inform the development of this exciting new programme.

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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Dr Elaine Kelly

Senior Lecturer

Head of Subject Area, Music

Email: Elaine.Kelly@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2420

Facilities and resources

Our extensive range of music studio spaces, equipment, and software will allow you to see your audio projects all the way through from composition and recording, to mixing, mastering, and post-production.

A 218-seat Victorian venue built in 1859. Used for regular orchestral and choral rehearsals and performances.

Seventeen practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.

The oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland, home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections in the world.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086