Performance MMus

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: You will need at least a 2:1 degree in Music or other relevant subjects. Applicants will be required to submit video evidence of their performance skills (classical music, 15-20 minutes). Please see the Entry requirements tab for more information.
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Do you want to develop your performance skills or music teaching practice? Or are you passionate about pursuing a performance-based research project? Or maybe you would like to perform with industry professionals (e.g. from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra)? Or to professionalise your current profile as a musician and/or teacher?

The MMus Performance at the University of Liverpool offers:

• Development of solo and ensemble performance
• Development of teaching practice (solo, group and complementary approaches)
• Development of research skills and research projects appropriate to performance
• Opportunities to perform with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for performance assessments
• Opportunities to do other performance work beyond standard recitals (e.g. recording and videos).

In addition to your performance study, you'll explore approaches towards and techniques for teaching Music, and develop the skills to analyse performances of a wide variety of 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.

Sarah Barrow Bursary

The Sarah Barrow Bursary in Music offers financial support to PG UK students for whom the cost of continuing onto postgraduate study would be prohibitive. Each academic year, the gift will fund one needs-based bursary of £6,000 for a UK student progressing onto the MMus Performance programme. Further information can be found here.

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?

Lively study environment

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 concerts performed by professional musicians and students and, if appropriate to your specialism, will have opportunities to perform in our exciting new venue, the Tung Auditorium.

Performance culture

The Department of Music offers an engaging environment for performers, with ample opportunity to get involved in performances. Our Lunchtime Concert Series regularly showcases student work.

Institute of Popular Music (IPM)

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.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology (ICCaT)

The Department of Music is home to ICCaT, which investigates how music composition and sonic artforms intersect with new technology, performance and perception. ICCaT's research is focussed both on musical practice as well as developing technological resources and software-based tools for creative practitioners and analysis

Tung Auditorium

The Tung Auditorium (opened 2022) is a 400-seat, acoustically optimised music performance space. Its artistic programme includes orchestral and choral music, jazz, folk, pop, electro-acoustic and experimental music. It is a high-performance acoustic space that provides an ideal focus for performance activities within the Department of Music; the concert hall includes specialist instruments such as orchestral percussion, two Steinway D pianos and a magnificent double manual harpsichord. The Tung functions as a public-facing space for a diverse programme of concerts throughout the year.

Working in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

We are intrinsically connected to the city, working closely with musical and cultural partners, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. This particular partnership extends across the spectrum of the Department’s activities, with the Orchestra’s musicians making frequent visits to campus to provide activities which include postgraduate composition workshops and specialist performance masterclasses. Liverpool Philharmonic players frequently participate in MMus ensemble assessments.

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.

Research students participate fully in our research activity. They present papers at the department's research seminars, and 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.