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Study Music at University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool School of the Arts, Department of Music

For decades Music has been the soundtrack to Liverpool life, and with Liverpool recently being named as the UNESCO City of Music, it is a very exciting time to be a Musician, living and studying within the City. Our department of Music is well connected with the Liverpool Music scene. Our team of academic staff boast a number of internationally known musicians, actively engaged in groundbreaking research and outputs.

Based in newly refurbished surroundings that offer great facilities, we have a vibrant community of performers, historians, composers, theorists and industry specialists.

Together they are responsible for a prodigious creative output, from groundbreaking research papers to compelling productions and compositions. These ensure our voice is heard locally and internationally.



Master's Degrees in Music

Our taught Master's degree programmes provide exciting opportunities to perfect your playing or increase your appreciation of how music is created, performed, produced, managed or marketed.

Our unique structure and breadth of expertise allow students to cross the traditional divides of musical genre. You can also tailor your programme with modules such as:

‌•  performance
‌•  ‌composition
‌•  music technology
‌•  music history
‌•  music & film
‌•  music industry studies
‌•  music and the city
‌•  music and heritage.

For your final dissertation you are free to research novel topics, under the friendly supervision of experts in fields as diverse as analysis, emotion and metaphor; music, memory and heritage; music and interactive media.

Studying for a PhD in Music

At Liverpool, you can pursue your doctoral studies under the guidance of experts in many fields of music and with many research interests - from composition, performance and analysis to technology and industry management.

We are able to accommodate many thesis proposals, including novel cross-disciplinary topics requiring dual supervision by experts in other disciplines. In this respect, the University has over 1,400 subject specialists from which to choose.

The University's Graduate school provides training in transferable skills such as research, presentation, networking and publishing. There is an award-winning careers service, as well as a full calendar of postgraduate events.

Liverpool is a fantastic music city and capital of culture and the University offers high-quality postgraduate student accommodation from which to enjoy it.

Student Testimonial

“The high level of scholarship displayed by our lecturers’ research constantly impresses me. The amount of knowledge they draw upon is striking; they are also extremely personable - they make time for students and really want us to succeed.

I chose to come to the University of Liverpool because this kind of formal study is not available as a degree in the United States. I knew what I wanted to study but I just had to find it. After a quick search, it was clear that the Institute of Popular Music here had the authority in the field. Being away from home is difficult but I have formed lasting friendships and I now have friends from all around the world.” - Emily Day


Our Programmes

Our department offers a number of postgraduate programmes across a variety of topics.

For 2017/18 we will be offering the following programmes, all of which are taught by internationally renowned subject experts and players:

Arts (Music) MRes

Music MMus

Music Industry Studies MA

The Business of Classical Music MA

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Contact Details:

Telephone Number: 0151 794 5927
Email: pgarts@liverpool.ac.uk
Website: www.liverpool.ac.uk/music/postgraduate-taught/