Welcome to OU Music. Our modules cover an immense range of musical styles and practices, offering you the opportunity to engage with music from the medieval period to the present day, and from Handel, Schumann and Bruckner to film scores, jazz and Joni Mitchell. You can study for an undergraduate degree with a concentration in music, an MA in music or a PhD on a research topic of your choice.
Why study with us? OU Music staff have immense expertise in creating distance learning materials. Our degree modules are recognised as among the best in the country, offering in-depth and up-to-date study of a wealth of musical styles, historical periods and themes. See more.
OU Music has an academic partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, resulting in a number of joint events and projects each year. See more.
REF2014 confirmed the excellence of OU Music research: we were rated joint first in the UK in the ‘Music, Dance and Drama’ Unit of Assessment in the Guardian’s analysis and eighth in the Times Higher Education’s table. In addition, the Music submission ranked highest of all those put forward by the OU. 94% of our submissions were rated 3* (‘internationally excellent’) or 4* (‘world-leading’). See more.