A close up of handwritten sheet music
Sheet music
(Image Credit: Luke Lewis / Graduate Photography Competition)
Humanities Division


The University of Oxford Music Faculty is one of the largest and perhaps liveliest music departments in the UK. It admits around 40 new graduate students every year from all over the world.

As a globally renowned centre of teaching and research in all aspects of music, it is an exciting and stimulating environment for work and study.

Students have the benefit of international experts to supervise research, access to outstanding libraries, and the stimulus of a committed group of like-minded students and scholars in a range of subjects.

Subject areas, approaches, and modes of study are very varied. Students may concentrate on, for example:

  • Western music history (from chant to the present day)
  • popular music studies
  • ethnomusicology
  • music psychology
  • music education
  • sound studies
  • source studies
  • music theory
  • aesthetics and criticism
  • composition and analysis
  • musical instruments
  • musical performance and interpretation.

Many individual research projects are unique in their blend of approaches. Frequently, these extend into other academic disciplines such as literature, art history, psychology, philosophy, anthropology or general history.


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