General Information for MA in Music Studies

The MA in Music Studies is designed for students who are looking to consolidate and expand their musical knowledge, regardless of whether their aspirations are artistic, scholarly, or professional. Working with internationally recognised scholars and artists in a research-led university environment, students will have the opportunity to develop the analytical, critical, and creative skills for advanced music research. The programme includes courses in historical musicology, music composition, ethnomusicology, and music theory, as well as more specialised areas, such as Chinese music studies and popular music studies. Students will be able to tailor their course selections to suit their individual interests and goals.

The programme is a full-time, one-year course of study. Students will take three courses in each semester (6 courses total). All students will be required to take MUSI7101 Music Research: Skills and Methodologies, which will be offered in Semester 1 (Fall). All other courses are elective. Students will also be required to complete the Capstone Experience course, for which students will pursue an individual research or creative project under the guidance of an advisor.

See the course offerings and a more detailed breakdown of the programme structure here.

If you have any queries about the MA programme, please contact Dr. José Vicente Neglia at

The 2023/2024 application is now open, click here to apply now.
Application Deadline: 12 May 2023 (12:00pm local time)
  • FAQ
  • How do I apply for the MA in Music Studies?

Follow the application instructions here:

  • What are the language requirements?

See here for details on the language requirements:

  • Will HKU accept the TOEFL Home Edition in lieu of the university recognised exams?

Currently, we are not accepting the test results of the TOEFL Home Edition.

    • Can I complete the language requirements *after* submitting my application?

    Yes. In that case, we may issue a conditional offer of acceptance. You must, however, complete the language requirements by the summer before the semester begins at the very latest, although the exact date may depend on your visa status.

    • When will I be notified of the results of my application?

    We may issue conditional acceptance offers on a rolling basis. Normally, you will hear from us by the end of May of the admission year at the latest.

    • Is it possible to do the MA in Music Studies part-time?

    Currently not, this is a full-time programme.