Course information

Department

Music

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

The MMus degree advances your exploration of today’s creative music practice in all its complexity. From a range of stimulating pathways, you choose one that best suits your interests. Modules are shared across pathways, and are rooted in academic and practice-based research. 

The MMus degree allows students to advance in performance and composition in the broadest sense, while acquiring academic knowledge.

The pathways available are:

The programme’s modules explore music as an evolving subject and cover repertories from Western art music through to electronic, popular, audio-visual, non-Western, and contemporary repertories.

  • You develop systematic, critical and creative approaches, exploring musical practice, discourses, and contexts
  • You develop an independent and original approach to creative practice
  • You explore interrelationships between music and other subjects, between theory and practice, and between performance and structural interpretation

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of Music

What you'll study

Overview

Each Masters degree is awarded after the accumulation of 180 credits. You take:

  • Core module(s) (30 credits each)
  • Optional modules (30 credits each)
  • Dissertation or Major Project (60 credits)

The options provide you with a choice of modules relevant to your chosen pathway, please refer to the individual pathway pages for more detail. We will offer advice at interview and/or enrolment about your options. Please note that the availability of options may depend upon the department timetable.

Download the latest programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen pathway. Please refer to the individual programme and pathway pages for more information.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

How to apply

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