Dr Hana Vlhova-Woerner
Director of Graduate Studies in Music

Course Structure

Type and duration of courses

Taught Degrees

Our taught postgraduate programmes are structured around Master’s degrees (MA and MMus). These extend over 12 months (full time, September to September), divided into two parts: two semesters of taught study (Part I, 120 credits) and a substantial independent piece of work, produced over the summer (Part II, 60 credits). The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma consist entirely of taught study and extend over one or two semesters, respectively.





MA / MMus

12 months

24-60 months


Postgraduate Diploma

9 months

12-28 months


Postgraduate Certificate

4 months

6-24 months


Research degrees

MPhil and PhD are research degrees and are awarded after the examination of a candidate's thesis, produced following a period of research.

Master of Arts by Research (MA Res) 1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)
Master of Music by Research (MMus Res)  1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)   2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   3 years (full-time) 5 years (part-time)
Probationary Period:    1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)

The above-listed times correspond to the initial registration period. Additionally, a write-up year can be granted.

Graduate Programme

We provide a series of transferable skills courses to broaden your portfolio of skills on the Graduate Programme. If you are registering for a higher degree by research on a full-time basis, and have received no previous training in research methodology, and have not previously followed a Master's course with research methodology elements, you will be expected to take these courses during your first two years and achieve a minimum of 30 credits. If you accumulate 60 credits, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Attainment.

You register for the transferable skills courses at the beginning of your degree programme, having consulted your supervisor on which of the courses are most relevant for you. The choice of courses will depend very much upon the nature of your intended programme of research and also upon the topics you covered at first degree level (and subsequently).

Visit our page listing the transferable skills courses available to all research students.

There is also a short summer school Realising Academic Potential: presenting and publishing academic and scientific papers. You are especially recommended to take this course at the end of your penultimate year.

Tutor and Postgraduate Forum

All students will receive academic support, advice and guidance, during your postgraduate course. Each department has appointed a member of academic staff as the Senior Postgraduate Tutor.

The Postgraduate Forum is a chance for you to discuss your opinions. It is an association of postgraduate students which has been established with the support of the University to provide a voice to articulate the special needs of research students. Each department in the University is represented on the Forum, which in turn is represented on the Graduate Committee, the body responsible for the development of research programmes.