We have one of the largest and most respected ethnomusicology programmes in the UK, with four specialist faculty members. Staff work closely with a talented group of research and taught postgraduate students in a friendly and informal environment. Amongst our strengths are unique facilities and expertise to support audiovisual ethnomusicology and a range of interdisciplinary research events and projects. For more about ethnomusicology at Durham, see here.
What will you do?
Get to know your discipline, and why it matters
Within the Ethnomusicology pathway, you’ll work closely with internationally-renowned staff and your peers to get a firm grounding in the discipline – its theories, methods, history and debates – to prepare you to carry out your own original research. Your work will be a combination of seminar discussions, diverse assignments (for example in transcription, or critiquing audiovisual materials), and a substantial final dissertation on a topic of your choice. We recommend you complement the Research Methods and Resources, Ethnomusicology in Practice and Theory and Dissertation modules with our unique Audiovisual Documentation and Analysis module.
Explore your interests in more detail
We encourage you to explore your interests fully and rigorously. You’ll do a large-scale independent research project within the broad field of ethnomusicology. Recent postgraduate projects have focused on music traditions in places including China, India, Nigeria, Thailand, Slovakia and the UK; topics have included funeral rituals, the use of gesture in singing, emotion in the experience of musical ritual, the experience of diaspora communities, street music, online music culture and cultural policy. For full details on the course structure, see here.
Be part of the academic community
When you join Durham, you become part of the research community and work very closely with the academics in your pathway, including your dissertation supervisor, as well as finding that other staff are at your disposal. Feel free to contact individual lecturers whose specialisms relate to your interests: take a look here. You’ll also join Masters and PhD students across the pathways in reading groups and the postgraduate seminar, and the whole department meets regularly to hear presentations from visiting scholars in our Research Forum. You can also enhance your studies through practical participation in Durham's rich musical culture. Alongside numerous choirs and orchestras, we offer a Javanese gamelan society, Korean percussion group, gospel choir, and more.
For more about the research environment at Durham, including the interdisciplinary networks, conferences and publications hosted at the university, see here.
What do our students think?
For more details on course structure, how to apply etc, see here.