The School has an international reputation for research and brings together acclaimed scholars, composers and performers in purpose-built premises at the heart of the Leeds campus. We offer a range of MA and MMus programmes, and over fifty PhD candidates pursue research in a wide range of subjects. The School has over twenty academic staff working in critical and historical musicology, film musicology, music psychology, composition, performance, business and music, and computer music. An international research seminar series ensures that postgraduate students are introduced to cutting-edge research in a range of music disciplines, and the library resources are unparalleled.
The School’s Postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of today’s graduates. Both intellectually and practically rigorous, they are an excellent springboard for a future in the cultural sector and related areas. We offer six taught masters programmes and three research degrees: PhD, MPhil and MA by Research.
Staff in the school are happy to discuss specific interests and any questions you may have as you make an important decision about your next phase of study and target new career goals.
Students sometimes ask what is the difference between Taught and Research degrees. Taught Programmes are composed of a number of modules that are offered to students through a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. Students are expected to conduct reading tasks and participate in classes. They are also assessed through written coursework, such as essays and examinations taken at the end of each semester. The programmes are taught over one year: teaching is spread across two semesters running from September to January and from February to June. The remainder of the year is taken up by the completion of a dissertation.
Research study, on the contrary, is conducted by the individual. Students who enrol for a PhD research programme are expected to produce original, independent research under the guidance of the department, within a specific field and on a specific topic chosen by the student. This involves researching and writing a thesis up to 100,000 words, or, for practice-led students, supporting a portfolio of compositions or performance recordings with a commentary or thesis of between 15,000 and 50,000 words. The study should normally be completed within 3 years (full time), or 5 years (part time).
Alumni Tuition Fee Bursary
If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary. Find out more at here.