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Durham University


How to apply

Application for postgraduate degrees is via an online form. We recommend that you read our postgraduate prospectus, and read the information sheet specific to the area you are interested in: musicology, ethnomusicology or composition. If you have any queries, or would like to visit the Department before you apply please let us know.
To apply for postgraduate admission please complete the on-line application form. Once you have completed the form, please ensure that you forward copies of your transcripts, degree certificate (where appropriate) and evidence of your work in the field in which you want to study to the Postgraduate Administrator at the address below.
The Department will make an initial decision on whether to accept your application and Postgraduate Admissions will then process your application and send you a formal response.

Language requirements
Evidence of English language proficiency is required from non-native English speakers. English Language requirements of the University of Durham are:

  • IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: computer based - 102 with no element below 25
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): A, B or C
  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE): A
  • GCE O Level / GCSE / IGCSE: Grades A, B, C

Further information on University Minimum Levels of English Entry and Accepted English Language Proficiency Tests can be found at:

The university offers pre-sessional English language courses over the summer of one, two or three months duration each year for those who have not attained the required standard, or for those who would like to improve their English further. For further information see the Durham Centre for Academic Development website.

Contact details

Department of Music
Durham University
Palace Green