The University of Edinburgh encourages access to its collections, staff expertise, and resources by visiting scholars, students, performers, instrument builders, and other interested individuals. This includes access to objects on display and in store.   You are welcome to get in touch before your visit to ask advice on researching the collections by emailing

For information on accessing our collections please see here: MIMEd Access and Playing Policy Statements (PDF document).

Museum Collection 

Researchers are welcome to study instruments at St Cecilia’s Hall. Anyone wishing to conduct research at the Museum is asked to contact the Curatorial Team at least two weeks in advance by emailing Staff will then confirm a date for your visit. This allows time for staff scheduling and instruments to be moved, if necessary.

Please note: Instruments on exhibit may not be moved, nor cases opened, during regular Museum opening hours.   Where possible, the instruments can be removed from the exhibit and otherwise be made available for study. Instruments on exhibit will be removed only for compelling reasons.

Study/Storage Collection

Instruments not on display may be accessed for research purposes at the Reading Room of the Centre for Research Collections (CRC) at the University of Edinburgh Main Library. Anyone wishing to conduct research at the CRC is asked to make an appointment at least two weeks in advance by contacting the Curatorial Team at

For information on researching at the CRC please read the CRC User Guide (PDF document).

Studying at the University of Edinburgh

The Reid School of Music offers MPhil, MSc, and PhD degrees in research and in composition.

The normal period of study for the MPhil and PhD degrees is two to three years (full-time) or four to six years (part-time).

Candidates are normally admitted as probationary students for their first year of study; on satisfactory completion of this first year, candidates are approved for continued registration for MPhil or PhD.