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Graduate Admissions

As one of the world’s leading centres of research in most areas of music studies, the Faculty of Music has an exceptional record in training important scholars and composers. As well as internationally renowned Academic Staff, Cambridge offers exceptional resources and facilities for advanced study, and frequent visits by distinguished scholars. Equally important is the lively and supportive environment provided by our large postgraduate community, with around 50 taught and research graduate students in residence at any one time. Our graduate programmes include:

  • a one-year M.Phil. in Music Studies, within which you can specialise in Musicology; Theory, analysis and criticism; Ethnomusicology; Jazz, popular and media music; Performance studies; Music and science; or Composition. Combining structured teaching with a high proportion of supervised study, this is a free-standing programme but is particularly suitable as a basis for doctoral studies at Cambridge or elsewhere
  •  a one-year M.Mus. in Choral Studies, which combines training in choral conducting and related studies with placements within leading college Chapel choirs
  • Doctoral programme, available full-time over three years or part-time over five.

As well as details of these programmes, this area of our website includes guidance on Funding your Graduate Studies, and on How to Apply.

Detailed information about events and courses offered to graduate students who are attending courses in the Faculty in 2015-16 can be found in the current Graduate Handbook

You will also want to explore the University’s Graduate Admissions website. Probably just as useful is the website for applicants run by the Graduate Union, which includes an Alternative Prospectus and an applicants’ forum.

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