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UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, EDINBURGH Edinburgh College of Art - Reid School of Music







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Alison House, 12 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9DF, Scotland, UK

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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Music (Hons). Four years. Studies include performance, composition, musicology, music technology. Bachelor of Science (Hons). Four years: • in Acoustics and Music Technology. • in Mathematics and Music.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts in History of Art and History of Music. Includes participation in ensembles. Master of Music. in composition, musicology. Master of Science. In sound design, acoustics and music technology. Master of Philosophy. Doctor of Philosophy.

Institution Notes:

The University was founded in 1583 and the Reid School of Music was established in 1839. Individual performance lessons are not offered within the music faculty, though students are expected to find their own tutors and the university covers the cost of the lessons. This is an All-Steinway School. There is an Institute for Music in Human and Social Development which brings together research and practice from such disciplines as music, psychology, informatics, physics, linguistics, sociology, education, acoustics, philosophy, medicine and neuroscience. The NESS project ('Next Generation Sound Synthesis') is organised by a group of engineers based at the Acoustics Group and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre who carry out specific research into musical acoustics, digital audio synthesis and parallel computing. Post-graduate students may participate in some of the group's activities. Instrument collections are held in the St Cecilia's Hall Museum and the the Reid Concert Hall Museum of instruments. These include the Raymond Russell and Rodger Mirrey Collection of harpsichords, clavichords and chamber organs and a number of historical wind and string instruments. The Weiss collection of Beethoven literature and the Kenneth Leighton manuscripts are held in the Reid Music Library. Books of Scottish songs, early Scottish manuscripts, English madrigal books and the Kennedy-Fraser collection of Hebridean folk song recordings and books on Highland music and dance are in the Special Collections Department of the University library. Archives of material relating to Scots culture, including all types of traditional Scottish music, are housed in the research centre of the School of Scottish Studies in the Faculty of Arts, which also houses the John Levy Collection of oriental music and an international sound archive. The university library’s Divinity Section has the James Thin Hymnology Collection. Well-equipped electroacoustic music studios cater for music technology studies. The university’s Centre for Continuing Education offers short courses in music theory and appreciation to interested adults.

Last Updated:

October 2022