Performance MMus

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You will need at least a 2:1 degree in Music or other relevant subjects and will need to submit a portfolio/composition at the time of applying. All applicants will normally be interviewed.
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With the MMus programme you can extend your existing knowledge and skills with advanced academic and/or professional training in classical music performance, which is designed to help you reach a professional level of competence by the end of the course.

Through the modular structure of all Masters degrees at the University, we tailor our teaching to your needs and interests.

In addition to your performance study, you'll explore approaches towards and techniques for teaching Music, and develop the skills to analyse performances of both ancient and modern repertoires, enabling you to question assumptions about performances made by performers today.

Performance accounts for 40 of the 180 credits in the flexible modular scheme (20 credits for in each of the two semesters), and involves 1-2-1 tuition as well as weekly group workshops. You will study a further 40 credits in pedagogy, exploring the skills and processes of teaching and learning a musical instrument or voice. The remainder of the taught modules will focus on research skills, preparing you to undertake a Major Project over the summer. Your project may be either a long recital or a pedagogy/research project, depending on your chosen performance studies specialism, and is worth 60 credits of your overall degree.

Please note that the MMus Performance is designed specifically for classical music.

Case Study: Megan Rowlands

MMUS (Master of Music)

"The opening of the new Music Hub and Practice rooms have this year made studying a master's in performance even more enjoyable, as we have fully functioning performance spaces to give us more of a professional insight into how the world of performance works". 

Read Megan's full case study

Why Music?

Strong research culture

Across the department, our research activity has a strong interdisciplinary nature and is concentrated in three cross-cutting areas:-

  • Critical and Contextual Approaches
  • Creative Practice
  • Media and Industry Studies.

We're at the forefront of research and postgraduate teaching. Our Institute of Popular Music (IPM) was the first academic centre created specifically to study popular music – and where better than in the home of the Beatles? It also boasts an enviable archive of donated recorded material.

Staff and students contribute fully to our research areas, which are informed by the broadly defined fields of:

  • Critical theory
  • Musicology
  • Music Analysis
  • Music and the moving image (including new media)
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition
  • Music industries
  • Media and cultural studies.

Research students participate fully in our research activity. They present papers at the department's research seminars, work as Teaching Assistants within the School (with pedagogical training and support provided). There are also weekly research, career, and teaching seminars for all postgrads.

As a postgraduate student you'll be able to attend research seminars involving guest speakers from many disciplines and subdisciplines. You'll also be closely involved in classical, traditional and popular music concerts performed by professional musicians and students.