Music MMus

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • 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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Join us at our Music Open Evening, Wednesday 27th February 2019, 16:00 -18:00

With the MMus programme you can extend your existing knowledge and skills with advanced academic and/or professional training in 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 120 of the 180 credits in the flexible modular scheme: 30 credits for the coursework in each of the two semesters and 60 for the final recital.

Please note that we also offer MRes Music options in Composition, Musicology, and Popular Music Studies.

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. 

Music has a partnership with composer Kenneth Hesketh and conductor Vasily Petrenko from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; the former has been made Honorary Professor of Music and the latter awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Liverpool.