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City, University of London: Music by research

Institution City, University of London View institution profile
Department Department of Music View department profile
Telephone 020 7040 0249
Study type Research


The MA by Research develops skills within the broad fields of music, including contemporary composition and sound practices (notated and digital music, sound arts, and interdisciplinary practices), performance (classical, jazz, improvisation, popular, and other musical traditions), and scholarship (historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis, and sound studies). This unique course embraces music and sound in all its plurality and cuts across key topics and issues in order to bridge increasingly overlapping sub-disciplines.

Engagement with professional practice lies at the core of the course taught by world-leading artists and scholars who are active creators and researchers. You will collaborate with international visitors in workshops and masterclasses and have the opportunity to present your work and research to the public in our annual City Summer Sounds Festival and Postgraduate Research Conference. The course complements our research centre SPARC (Sound Practice And Research @ City), which hosts an annual interdisciplinary symposium and our groundbreaking record label multi.modal distributed by NMC Recordings.

We have an outstanding reputation for dynamic, inspiring and rigorous postgraduate education and we offer exceptional support to our students who benefit from our location in the heart of London, one of the world’s great cultural hubs.


City, University of London
School of Arts and Social Sciences 


The School of Arts and Social Sciences at City is a cosmopolitan, outward-looking, internationally-excellent centre of research and learning on the human condition in all of its dimensions. Ours is a large and vibrant school with around 3,000 students (one third postgraduate) and 250 staff currently organised in seven academic departments: 

We are proud of the high employability of our graduates. As the …

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