This is a flexible research-based Master of Music.
Practitioners are able to study in areas such as:
- studio-based work
- mixed media
You can focus on any one of these or blend 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
- music theory and analysis
It's also possible to combine practice-based and musicologically orientated projects.
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.
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What you'll learn
The MMus course comprises of compulsory and optional modules.
All students – part-time and full-time – are required to complete the Music Research Training module across their first two semesters of study.
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
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
|Music Masters Research Training||20|
|Freelancing in Media and Communications||20|
|Creative Practice: Composition (Double)||40|
|Creative Practice: Performance (Double)||40|
|Elective Project 1||20|
|Elective Project 2||20|
|Elective Project 3||20|
|Elective Project 4||20|
|Major Creative Project||120|
You must choose Dissertation or Major Creative Project.
You'll take further modules to a value of 80 credits (if taking the dissertation) or 40 credits (if taking the Major Creative Project) at the discretion of the Degree Programme Director. Only students enrolled on Dissertation are able to take Creative Practice electives.
How you'll learn
This course will be delivered this year remotely and in the Armstrong Building. Seminars and tutorials run in semesters one and two. As an MMus student you spend the third semester working on your final dissertation or major creative project.
The flexibility of our course benefits part-time students, though staff-led research projects normally take place during normal working hours.
The course is delivered through:
- a series of one-to-one teaching (eg with an instrumental or composition teacher)
- specialist presentations
- conferences in which you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and debate your ideas with other students
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Oral presentation
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
You will normally be assessed by a combination of:
- portfolio work, eg composition or examples of academic writing
- commentary on creative practice work
- oral examinations
- unseen written examinations
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Our mission is to help you:
- stay healthy, positive and feeling well
- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.
You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:
- research and professional skills
- careers support
- health and safety
- public engagement
- academic development
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
We have outstanding specialist music facilities. Our £4.5m purpose-built Music Studios were designed with performance, multimedia and studio-based work in mind.
Additional facilities include:
- two professional-grade recording studios
- a large student common room, including a work area with PCs featuring specialist music software
- a range of recently refurbished rehearsal spaces
- a full range of recently refurbished teaching facilities, including a 100-seat lecture theatre, two 50 seat lecture theatres and three 25-seater seminar rooms
- 12 practice rooms with integrated recording facilities
- a dedicated postgraduate workspace
- a project room equipped with 5.1 mixing system
The University Library provides access to
- extensive music collections (including a number of important manuscript and microfilm collections)
- subscriptions to many specialist music journals
- a significant body of online resources
- The library is widely recognised for the supportive service it offers students and staff.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
For 2022-23 entry, we will be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2022 by UKRI.
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
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