Postgraduate

Music MMus

Music MMus

MMus - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

The MMus offers a flexible route to advanced musical study including classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional. You can pursue this research-based courses through creative practice (eg composition, performance, improvisation, or a blend of these) or musicological study in a field of your choosing.

Practitioners are able to study in areas such as performance, composition, studio-based work, improvisation, sound-art and mixed media – focusing in any one of these or blending them according to their creative needs. Musicologists are able to study in areas such as critical and cultural musicology, ethnomusicology and world music, folk music studies, early music, popular music studies, and music theory and analysis. It is also possible to combine practice-based and musicologically orientated projects.

The Music Masters Research Training module teaches essential skills and methodologies for the rest of the research-focused course. A series of four Elective Projects allows you to pursue research selected from a range of topics taught in staff-led seminar groups, or undertake supervised solo study in practice-based or musicological research.

The list of projects varies from year to year, but the following is a typical menu:

  • Debates in the Philosophy and Theory of Music
  • Popular Music and the Politics of Authenticity 
  • Advanced studies in Musics of the Holocaust
  • Popular Music before Sound Recording
  • Advanced Studies in Ethnomusicology 
  • Wild Pop
  • Indian Music for Postgraduates
  • Studies in Early Music
  • Case Studies in Music History
  • Popular Music Policy: Context and Case Studies
  • Music Analysis for Postgraduates

The MMus can be regarded as a qualification in its own right, but also offers preparation for doctoral study, not least because of the strong research emphasis.

Related Degrees

  • Music MLitt

    Our Music MLitt enables you to develop a flexible individual research programme in classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music, applying approaches of interest to you (eg historiographic, theoretical, cultural, critical), under the supervision of specialists who are leaders in their field.

  • Music MPhil, PhD

    Our Music MPhil and PhD programmes enable you to pursue advanced research in the areas of classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music through a range of approaches. These include practice-based research, and musicological and theoretical inquiry.

All related programmes

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2020 entry will be available from the end of May 2020.

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Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in music or a related subject.

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.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

When you apply you need to select the relevant degree code on the 'Programme of Study' page:

  • MMus - full time: 5811F, part time: 5811P

Portfolio

If you apply for the Creative Practice route you need to submit recent and representative examples of your work. We suggest that you provide two contrasting examples. These may include:

  • scores
  • audio recordings
  • video recordings
  • 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 route, you need to submit a sample of written work or an essay on a musical topic.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.