Musicology major



Musicology is the academic study of music. Learn more about music's place in the world as you focus on musicology or music education. You will develop your understanding, writing, teaching and learning, critical thinking and analytical skills to prepare you for a wide range of careers in fields such as teaching, journalism, academia or analysis of music. 


You will learn from a team of highly skilled teachers whose work is regularly published internationally. Our staff's areas of expertise are broad and will provide you with a sound knowledge in music theory, historical and contemporary musicology and education. 

Associate Professor Allan Badley

Allan is a specialist in late eighteenth-century Viennese music. His publications include several hundred scholarly editions of works by major contemporaries of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.



Dr Gregory Camp

Gregory is currently researching music’s place within constructed narratives. Recent projects include analysing the use of music in Disney theme parks and studying music and characterisation in 1950s films. He teaches students in writing about music, theory, and musicianship, and is the artistic director of the Wallace Opera Training Programme.

Dr Nancy November

Nancy's research and teaching interests centre on the music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries:  aesthetics, analysis, and performance history and practices.


Peter Watts 

Peter has a passion for making music an essential part of life. He teaches music theory, musicianship, analysis and criticism and renaissance musicology. 

Dr Davinia Caddy

Davinia's research centres on the cultural history of music in early twentieth-century France. She seeks to explore how music was variously conceived, received, used (even abused), celebrated and popularised by a cross section of society, and how its evolving meaning and significance was shaped by contemporary aesthetic and ideological debates. 

Associate Professor David Lines

David specialises in Music Education. His research interests lie in the area of philosophical, social, phenomenological and ideological perspectives of music. From an educational angle he is interested in opening up people's ears, senses and thinking to what music has to offer.

Professor Dean Sutcliffe

Dean's research interests focus on the eighteenth century, and publications have covered composers such as Domenico Scarlatti, Gyrowetz, Boccherini, Mozart, Scarlatti’s Spanish contemporary Sebastián de Albero and above all Haydn.

Degree structure

What you'll be studying

From your first year, you will be immersed in music – how to think and write about music, how it is constructed and how music is both taught and learned. As you progress, you will learn more about music's role in society and politics, discover historical music you may have never heard, and explore music’s role in our modern globalised and media-savvy world. You will also take two General Education courses offered by other faculties from across the University to acquire a broader range of skills and understanding, and to be exposed to cross-disciplinary research.

You can download a degree planner below, which outlines your course content and programme structure in more detail. You can also find course prescriptions in the University Calendar

If you are planning to undertake a conjoint programme, these course planners below outline the structure of each degree:



Further study

The BMus, and associated conjoint programmes, lead into further study options at the School of Music. Our postgraduate degree programmes encourage initiative, critical analysis and independent thought about music in social, cultural and academic contexts as well as creative excellence. 

Research programmes
Master of Music (MMus)
Doctor of Music (DMus)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Taught programmes

Bachelor of Music (Honours) (BMus(Hons))
Postgraduate Diploma in Music (PGDipMus)
Graduate Diploma in Music (GradDipMus)




How to apply

For rank score and grade point requirements for the BMus and associated conjoints, please refer to the entry requirements tab on the following programme page Bachelor of Music

Selection will be based upon your statement of musical background. This should list all relevant musical training and performing experience (professional and amateur), including involvement in community and extracurricular music activities. Include details of any musical prizes/awards you have received. 

You will also need to provide a referee contact email address. Your referee should be your current instrumental/music teacher who can comment on your musical work and your suitability for study. 

(If you are successful and offered a place, then a musicianship test will be required prior to enrolment.  This will determine if you are ready to begin study with MUS 100 – Basic Musical Techniques or MUS 101 – Materials of Music 1).

Get in touch

Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre

Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds St
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