Music MMus; PGDip

MMus:12 months full time; 24 months part time
PGDip:9 months full time; 18 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,570 (MMus) £3,670 (PGDip) part time £2,285 (MMus) £1,835 (PGDip)
International: full time £11,630 (MMus) £11,805 (PGDip) part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The programme will enable you to specialise in either creative practice or musicology, or to combine the two. The creative practice pathway covers composition and composition-related practices or performance and performance-related practices. The musicology pathway covers popular music studies, music history, ethnomusicology, and cultural and theoretical musicology analysis.


The MMus programme comprises of compulsory and optional modules.

Postgraduate Diploma students follow a similar programme, but with a smaller amount of creative project work.

The programme is delivered through a series of one-to-one teaching (eg with an instrumental or composition teacher), lectures, seminars, specialist presentations, masterclasses, and workshops in which you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and debate your ideas with other students. Throughout the programme you will also be able to attend music research seminars in which visiting experts address the postgraduate community. The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) provides information about research-related events (including research seminars), research projects, ICMuS researchers (staff, postgraduate and undergraduate) and the impact of their research in the wider world.

You will normally be assessed by a combination of: portfolio work (eg composition or examples of academic writing); essays; commentary on creative practice work; oral examinations; and unseen written examinations.

Find out  more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in music or a related subject is preferred.  We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with degrees in other areas and those with appropriate evidence of musical and general critical knowledge and ability.

Applicants for the Creative Practice route should submit recent and representative examples of their work. We suggest that you provide two contrasting examples. These may include scores, audio recordings, video recordings or any other type of document that best represents the nature of the work. Please ensure that your files are compatible with both Windows and Apple operating systems.

For the academic Musicology pathway, a sample of written work or an essay on a musical topic is required.

Applicants whose first language is not English require an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in writing), TOEFL 90, (Internet-based with a minimum of: 17 in listening; 18 in reading; 20 in speaking; and 24 in writing), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 

School of Arts and Cultures awards; postgraduate studentships in humanities and social sciences. Advanced research assistants are often employed as part-time teaching assistants. For more information see our website.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Secretary in Music
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6736

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Music

Student profiles:

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The course is very challenging, but at the same time very rewarding. I have been to several conferences and I have very capable and helpful supervisors

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