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Music is a practical art, and it requires special attention and continuous stress to achieve excellence in performance. The art of music is not developed into vacuum. It has been developed into the paradigm of time and space. Therefore, research in the field of music has provided a new dimension to the way we perceive fine arts and music.

Master of Philosophy or M.Phil. in Music is a pre-PhD course which generally takes one year to complete. The minimum eligibility requirement is good or high second class degree in Masters.

The average tuition fee ranges from 1000 INR to 3500 INR in government aided universities and 5000 INR in private aided universities. Once you finish your M.Phil. you can pursue your PhD. or can seek employment in education Industry. The initial salary after M.Phil. in Music starts from 37,400 INR and you can hold position like Music Professor.

What is M.Phil. in Music about?

The Master of Philosophy in Music introduces a broad range of current methodologies and approaches in music scholarship. It is designed for students wishing to attain a thorough grounding in musicology at an advanced level, either as a preparation for doctoral research or an autonomous qualification. 

Who should opt for this course?

Those students who are interested in exploring opportunity to acquire or develop research skills and expertise relevant to a specified area of music studies.  And Individuals who like to research and keen to explore the different aspects of performance studies can go for M.Phil. in Music.

Top Colleges for M.Phil. (Music)

  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Maharashtra
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Chennai
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts in Telangana


The duration of the program for full-time students shall ordinarily be one calendar year. The duration of the program in respect of part-time students shall ordinarily be two calendar years. The maximum duration is 3-years for distance mode education.

Further Academic Option after M.Phil. Music

After and M.Phil. in Music, a natural course of action is to pursue a PhD in Music which is available at many Arts Universities in India such as Visva Bharati University, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University and Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Which are the best institutes to apply?

There are many Arts Universities in India which offer Research courses in Music. Some of the top institutes among these are listed below:

Name of the Institutes


Kala Bhavana (Institute of Fine Arts)


Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, DU

New Delhi

Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts


L.S. Raheja School of Art


Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya


Department of Fine Arts, Kurukshetra University


Queen Mary’s College


Banasthali University


Maharishi Dayanand University


Devi Ahilya University


University of Calicut


Lovely Professional University


Guru Nanak Dev University


Dayalbagh Educational Institute


Madurai Kamraj University


University of Madras


Panjab University


Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya


Eligibility Of the M.Phil. (Music)

Eligibility for admission to M.Phil. Music is a Master Degree in Music (Vocal/Instrumental) from a recognized examination equivalent with aggregate equal to or more than 55%. Students with a B.A. with at least 50% aggregate followed by M.A. with at least 50% aggregate are also eligible to apply to this course. 

How to Get Admission in M.Phil. (Music)

Admission to M.Phil. program in Music is through an entrance test. For Music, the entrance test is mostly practical in nature and a student is expected to prepare musical pieces to perform for their test. The test is based on syllabus for MA Music and will include theoretical as well as practical aspects taught at post-graduation level.

At Banasthali University a candidate is expected to prepare one slow khayal and one first khayal with the accompany of tabla. Students must also possess theoretical knowledge of music.

Selection Criteria

The final selection is based on performance in practical test and marks scored in qualifying examination. Generally the weight accorded to each is 50%. However, this number may vary across universities. 

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