The Faculty of Music has one of the largest and liveliest communities of graduate students in the United Kingdom. Usually about 40 new students 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, musical instruments, 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, theatre and film studies, philosophy or general history.