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Music study at The Open University develops personal creativity and a deep understanding of how music is produced, the different forms it takes and its cultural contexts. Driven by a team of expert academics conducting world-class research, our modules are among the best in the country, offering in-depth and up-to-date study of a wealth of musical styles and themes. We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught qualifications, or a PhD on the research topic of your choice.

Our academics

The academics within the discipline are all musicians themselves and combine their academic interest in the subject with a passion for music. Their specialisms include historical musicology, music analysis, performance practice, film music, ethnomusicology and music iconography.

Our research

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 92% of our submissions were rated 3* (internationally excellent) or 4* (world leading). Read more about our research.

How we work with others

We have collaborated with the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to offer a 60 credit practical music module, Creative Music Making, which offers students the chance to receive expert tuition in the creation of music. We’ve also formed an academic partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, resulting in a number of joint events and projects.

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Banner image: B.B. King and band at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, 1991. evan Hurd / Alamy

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