Wadham admits students to all the graduate courses run by the Faculty of Music; the DPhil in Music, and the MSt/MPhil degrees in Music (with specialisms in Musicology, Performance, or Composition).

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    St. Cecilia, Patron Saint of Musicians, by Jacques Blanchard
    via Wikimedia Commons

The Courses

Oxford University’s Faculty of Music has one of the largest and liveliest communities of graduate students in the United Kingdom. Around 35-40 new graduates enter every year, coming from countries all around the world. Graduate students have the benefit of a team of international experts to supervise their research, access to outstanding libraries, and the stimulus of a committed group of like-minded students and scholars in many subject areas. The University, the colleges and the city of Oxford provide a lively and diverse musical, academic and cultural atmosphere.

Subject areas, approaches, and modes of study are very varied. Students may concentrate on Western music history (from chant to film music), source studies, music theory, aesthetics and criticism, composition and analysis, the psychology of music, ethnomusicology, musical performance and interpretation. Many individual research projects are unique in their blend of approaches; frequently they extend into other academic disciplines such as literature, art history, anthropology, theatre and film studies, psychology and neuroscience, philosophy or general history. Further details of these courses can be found here:

The Tutors

Eric Clarke is a Professorial Fellow at Wadham, and Heather Professor of Music at the University of Oxford. His research and teaching interests cover a number of areas within the psychology of music, music theory, the analysis of pop music and musical aesthetics/semiotics.

Many other Fellows at Wadham have musical interests, both personal and academic; for instance, Philip Ross Bullock, Fellow and Tutor in Russian, a pianist and organist, has published on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian music.

Music at Wadham

Wadham College is home to the Holywell Music Room; built in 1748, it is said to be the oldest purpose-built music room in Europe, and hence England’s first concert hall. It is used today by both the Music Faculty and Wadham College for a variety of musical performances throughout the year. The College also has a dedicated music rehearsal room (the Beecham Room), and thanks to a generous bequest a Wadham graduate student is regularly appointed to a music scholarship (the Brookman Music Scholar).

Wadham Chapel Choir is a mixed, auditioned choir that sings at weekly Sunday services throughout term-time. Once a year Wadham College gardens play host to Wadstock, a music festival organised by the College’s Student Union, and in recent years the whole college community has been involved in large-scale musical performance projects (the Haydn Nelson Mass, and the Fauré Requiem).